Select Saturdays in the O.Henry Hotel Social Lobby
6:30 – 9:30 PM | Never a cover! Arrive early for a seat!
About O.Henry Jazz Series
Cocktails and Jazz at the O.Henry is so much fun that we asked the amazing Victoria and Neill Clegg to curate an expansion of the O.Henry Jazz scene. On select Saturdays you can enjoy vintage craft cocktails and delightful seasonal tapas (see the menu) along with an eclectic array of jazz artists performing in the varied styles of contemporary jazz. Select Saturdays from 6:30-9:30 PM.
This is NOT the same experience as Thursday Night Cocktails & Jazz with Neill Clegg and Dave Fox. You can still enjoy their talents — along with those of a rotating roster of extraordinary Jazz vocalists — as they focus on the great American Songbook and beyond, Thursday nights from 5:30 – 8:30 PM.
O.HENRY JAZZ SERIES PACKAGE
Take advantage of our O.Henry Jazz Series Package, which 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.Package available select Saturdays. Some blackout dates apply.
January 28 | Georgianna Penn and the Penn Family
January 21 | Angela Bingham, Frank Longino and Ben Palmer
February 4 | The Anne-Claire Quartet feat. Thomas Linger, Aaron Matson and Genevieve Palmer
February 11 | The Dave Fox Trio, featuring Nishah Dimeo
about the artists
The Ben Strickland Trio
Erin Strickland is a very talented vocalist in all genres. Her versatility allows her to easily transition from singing opera on stage one night to fronting a pop band in a club the next all while maintaining the sweetness in her voice for her acclaimed jazz group The Erin Strickland 5tet. Erin, a Chicago native, is currently the vocalist with the United States Naval Forces Europe Band in Naples, Italy and her voice can be heard all over Europe.
From an early age Benjamin Strickland has been determined to become a major force in the music business. Currently a U. S. Navy musician stationed with the Naval Forces Europe Band, he has been a major influence in their classical, popular music and jazz groups especially in introducing the music of New Orleans throughout Europe and Africa as well as arranging music for all the Navy’s various ensembles. As a civilian, Ben also leads and manages several bands under the Strickland Music Productions umbrella including his acclaimed Funk Band who’s debut album will be released next year.
Angela Bingham is a true jazz musician who happens to be a vocalist. Her singing is characterized by the qualities of honest expression, solid swinging and an emphasis on the blues. While in New York, Angela successfully held down a monthly residency for four years at the now (sadly defunct)Total Wine Bar, where she garnered an extremely loyal fan base. During this time, she began working with many of New York’s most heavyweight jazz musicians, including Yotam Silberstein, Greg Ruggiero, Chris Higgins, Marco Panascia, Oscar Perez, Tedd Firth, Frank Longino, Deidre Rodman, Massimo BIolcati, and others. She also held down a steady performance schedule at New York’s famed Bar Next Door, a coveted venue for New York jazz musicians. Angela recently relocated to North Carolina after living and working in New York City since 2005. She is currently performing at local venues and booking dates nationally.
Frank Longino plays a variety of styles of music but focus on jazz standards. He’s been playing piano professionally for 25 years mostly in the New York city area. He has been living in the Raleigh/Durham vicinity now for almost 3 years and has enjoyed playing many venues in the area. He frequently performs with jazz singer Angela Bingham, guitarist Paul Bomar, bassist/guitarist Ben Palmer and many others. He’s played such local venues as The Prime Smokehouse in Rocky Mount, Beyu Cafe in Durham, Unvined Wine Bar in Cary, The Oxford in Raleigh as well as private parties all over the region.
Born in Austin, Texas, Ben Palmer has been playing guitar and bass for some 30 years. He’s performed around the United States and Europe with his own bands and with other talented musicians. He now lives in Durham, NC. He is known in the Triangle area for his live performances and for helping students progress rapidly in private guitar and bass lessons. Ben enjoys teaching his students songs they enjoy listening to and in the process, help them understand the way music works. Ben Palmer Music is located in Old West Durham. Ben plays bass, both upright and electric, and sousaphone with a variety of ensembles in a broad range of styles, including straight-ahead jazz, blues, R+B, rock, funk, Latin, theater, singer/songwriter, and bluegrass. He has recorded more than 30 CDs.
Georgianna Penn and the Penn Family
Greensboro College graduate and jazz vocalist, Georgianna Penn, makes her O.Henry debut with her musical family, Penn Family Music. Growing up singing on her parent’s dance band, for Georgianna and her three sisters, Saturday nights were always gig nights, gracing places like Green’s Supper Club and Sam’s Canterbury Inn.
For decades, Georgianna and the Penn’s have performed with an array of Triad musicians and enjoy regular gigs with the Piedmont Swing Dance Society, MUSEP and Well Spring Retirement. Georgianna has performed at Busch Gardens Williamsburg and currently sings with the Greensboro Big Band, Mike Day Swing Machine and Reggie Buie Trio. Her unique Julie London/Diana Krall vocal styling has most been instilled in her by her parents and jazz musicians, George and Dixie Penn who began their musical fair as teenagers in the 1950’s. Sax player George courted young Dixie by writing arrangements for her to sing with the Russ Carlton Orchestra and the rest is history. George and Dixie have been fronting swing bands for over six decades and George is still writing arrangements for not just one, but for all his girls to sing.
Joining Georgianna are sisters, Vaughan, Elaine and Liz whose professional experiences span television, film and stage. Singer/songwriter, Vaughan Penn, celebrates having over 200 film and television song placements, i.e. Grey’s Anatomy and The Big Short. Liz has spent years as a singer, dancer and show producer at Universal Studios, Opryland and Busch Gardens. She is currently director of entertainment at Gaylord National. Elaine is also a singer/songwriter/motivational speaker and has just returned from England celebrating her third CD.
Celebrating over 20 Broadway credits, from NYC, woodwind artist Greg Thymius will adorn the evening as well. On piano, Triad show stopper John Trotta and on bass, School of the Arts grad, Steve Ware!