6:30 PM Saturday Mar 26, 2016 624 Green Valley Road Greensboro, NC 27408
We’re underwriting the first in what we hope will be an ongoing O.Henry Jazz Series! Cocktails and Jazz at the O.Henry has been so much fun that we asked the amazing Victoria and Neill Clegg to curate an extension of the O.Henry Jazz scene. On select Saturdays you can enjoy vintage craft cocktails and delightful tapas garnished with an eclectic array of jazz artists performing in the styles of contemporary jazz from 6:30 – 9:30 PM.
Melva Houston was born in Memphis, Tennessee, home to many black blues performers. She grew up in the tradition of gospel, blues and jazz and made a name for herself by performing regularly on a popular radio show. Shortly thereafter, she became a background singer for Stax-Records and by age 16, was singing for songwriter Isaac Hayes. She was such a popular background singer that she made numerous recordings with stars such as Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, Sam and Dave and other Stax artists. In the eighties, she accompanied “The Platters” on their European tour and from 1988 to 1996, toured Spain as a soloist, achieving overwhelming success. In North Carolina, Melva is a permanently sought-after performer at renowned jazz festivals. Most recently, she has devoted herself to blues. She regularly interprets Broadway songs with the same persuasiveness as the jazz standards of Gershwin, Ellington and Cole Porter or compositions from Thelonious Monk and Horace Silver.