Every week in the O.Henry Hotel Social Lobby
5:30 – 8:30 PM | Never a cover!
NEWS! Matt Kendrick on double base joins the O.Henry House Artists Dave Fox and Neill Clegg. Read more about Matt below.
About Thursday Night Cocktails & Jazz
For 15 years, we’ve dreamed of creating a cocktail and jazz vibe such as was all the rage in some New York hotels in the ‘50s. Every Thursday you can enjoy vintage craft cocktails and delightful Mediterranean tapas (see the menu) garnished with live American jazz standards from 5:30 – 8:30 PM.
Artists Dave Fox (piano), Neill Clegg (saxophone, clarinet and flute) and NOW…Matt Kendrick (double bass) will be joined by guest vocalists, who cover The Great American Songbook and jazz classics including swing…and modern classics from the late ‘50s to early ‘60s, as well as Brazilian jazz from the early ‘60s.
Note: November 9, 30 and December 21, Steve Haines, Director of the UNC-G Miles Davis Jazz Program will be filling in for Matt Kendrick!
O.HENRY JAZZ SERIES PACKAGE
We are offering our Jazz Package for the Thursday Night Cocktails & Jazz. Package includes one night’s gracious accommodations, preferred seating at our O.Henry Jazz in the social lobby, $30 amenity voucher, a Southern-style breakfast for two and a late checkout.
Some blackout dates apply, including December 31.
Upcoming Guest Vocalists
December 7 | Jessica Mashburn
December 14 | Diana Tuffin
December 21 | Angela Bingham
December 28 | Lisa Dames
About the House artists
The music of composer and pianist Dave Fox includes solo piano compositions, instrumental jazz, blues, and eclectic pop and rock. Fox has collaborated with a wide range of well-known musicians, including Frank Gratkowski, Melissa Reaves, Eugene Chadbourne, Scott Sawyer, Bruce Eisenbeil, Mike Wezolowski, Wally West, Ron Brendle, Greg Hyslop, and Kenny Soule. Since beginning his recording career in 1999, he has released five jazz recordings and one rock/Americana album to critical acclaim.
In 2013 he recorded a jazz album with Kenny Soule, Zack Page, and Scott Sawyer. A full-time music professor at Greensboro College, Fox is also an instructor in piano at the prestigious John Coltrane Summer Camp in High Point, NC. His teaching at Greensboro College, where he has been for 20 years, includes piano studies, piano proficiency, music fundamentals, music theory, music appreciation, composition, and directing the New Music Ensemble.
Neill Clegg has always been serious about music, especially jazz. During his time working at Harvey West Music in the late ‘60s, he was motivated to begin study the art from a saxophonist who played for Nat King Cole. In 1972, Clegg began studying with Ray Gariglio, Chicago’s premier clarinetist who had played with the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Chicago Symphony before joining the UNCG faculty. While collecting a bachelor’s in classical performance and a master’s in music, Clegg played in a number of bands around town – Mixed Company, Cutglass and the Burt Massengale Orchestra. In 1981, while working on his doctorate at the City University of New York, he had his debut in Carnegie Hall. Over the following years, he toured with the Platters, Bob Hope, Brenda Lee and Jim Nabors – to name a few. In 1983, he returned to Greensboro to become the director of the jazz program at UNCG until 1985. He also taught jazz and classical woodwind at the Greensboro Musical Academy for nearly a decade. Today, he teaches saxophone and clarinet in Greensboro College’s music department, and is the director for the George Center for Honors Studies.
Composer/double bassist Matt Kendrick is a North Carolina native from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. After attending the North Carolina School of the Arts in his hometown, Kendrick moved to New York City, where he played in a variety of avant-garde jazz groups. He then moved to Knoxville, Tennessee, to study with renowned jazz educator Jerry Coker at the University of Tennessee and to perform with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. Kendrick returned to Winston-Salem in 1981 and has since been a leader in North Carolina’s jazz scene. Kendrick has been leading and playing in jazz groups for over thirty years. He and his groups perform locally, regionally, and beyond, playing at festivals, museums, clubs, and other events around the southeast. Kendrick’s credits include performances with jazz legends Marian McPartland, Gene Bertoncini, Archie Shepp, Jaki Byard, and JoAnne Brackeen, as well as with authors Clyde Edgerton and Amiri Baraka. Matt Kendrick is an award-winning composer. In 1988 and 1994, he won the North Carolina Jazz Composers Fellowship, the first person to win the prestigious award twice. His five CDs—four on his own label, Suitcase Music, and one on Ichiban Records—feature over forty original compositions. His CDs have received critical acclaim from music critics from around the United States and have enjoyed extensive airplay, appearing on national radio charts.