The Jaimee Paul Quintet will perform at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24, at Southeastern Louisiana University’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, 220 E. Thomas St., Hammond.

Columbia Theatre/Fanfare Director Roy Blackwood said there’s a reason why the melodies of “Great American Songbook” have withstood the test of time.

“Jaimee Paul, along with bandleader and husband, Leif Shires, believe in the strength and beauty of these songs creating a fresh take on them and making them their own,” he said. “Ranging from jazz standards of the ’30s, stretching to pop standards of the ’70s, Jaimee and Leif believe that a show shouldn’t be just another concert, but an evening of fun, love and happiness that should be experienced and remembered.”

Raised in Southern Illinois and steeped in the church choir, Paul was influenced by gospel and blues, cultivating a special place in her heart for jazz. She has performed for prime ministers, congressmen, military leaders and ambassadors throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and Japan.

Reserved tickets for the concert range from $20 to $34 and are available at the Columbia Theatre box office Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., by calling (985) 543-4371 or by visiting Tickets for SLU students with ID are $10. Faculty, retired faculty or university staff with ID may purchase one ticket and get a half-price ticket.