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Jazz is Back!!
Over the years (since January 2015!), O.Henry has become quite a hotbed for live jazz. We’re exhilarated to have Jazz back every Thursday from 6-9 PM in the Social Lobby. We’re honored to be a part of this extraordinary world-class local jazz community!

Thursday Night Cocktails and jazz

6-9 PM

Every Thursday, Artists Dave Fox (piano), Neill Clegg (saxophone, clarinet and flute) and Matt Kendrick (double bass) will be joined by guest vocalists, who cover The Great American Songbook and jazz classics including swing…and modal classics from the late ‘50s to early ‘60s, as well as Brazilian jazz from the early  ‘60s.

Jazz at O.Henry Hotel

Photo by Lee Capps Photography

Jazz nights at the O.Henry a local treat

“Picking up the mantle of earlier jazz clubs — Sammy’s, Green’s, Plantation Club, Sam’s Canterbury Inn — Thursday Cocktails & Jazz at 5:30 p.m. and Select Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. both feature practically every subgenre — Dixieland, Swing, Blues, Bossa Nova, Cole Porter, a little Gershwin and whole lot of the Great American Songbook — all of it originating from the magical and sacred space of the Social Lobby of the O.Henry Hotel.”  Read more about O.Henry Jazz

Georgianna Penn, O.Henry Magazine

“Greensboro has a true treasure occurring each week at the O. Henry Hotel on Thursday evening at 5:30 and Saturday evening at 6:30. New York “quality” live jazz groups perform in the “living-room” area of the hotel — no “cover charge”! All you have to do is show up and enjoy the music — maybe order a glass of wine, perhaps a cocktail, and maybe a bite to eat, but none of that is required to enjoy the music.”

“This may sound like a commercial; it is not! It is just pure entertainment provided by Dennis and Nancy Quaintance.”
 

David and Joann Grimes, Greensboro News & Record

“The ongoing series features saxophonist Neill Clegg Jr., pianist Dave Fox, both music professors at Greensboro College; and a rotating roster of cream-of-the-crop featured vocalists. To say that it has been a wild success is putting it mildly.”

Ogi Overman, Go Triad

O.Henry Trio

Dave fox

Dave Fox | Piano
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Neil Clegg and Dave Fox Artists-in-Residence at O.Henry Hotel in Greensboro, NC

Neill Clegg | Flute, Clarinet, Sax
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Matt Kendrick

Matt Kendrick | Bass
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O.Henry Jazz Package

Take advantage of our O.Henry Jazz Series Package, which includes one night’s gracious accommodations, limited preferred seating at our O.Henry jazz in the social lobby and $50 dining credit. Blackout dates apply.

Please note that we are only able to hold limited preferred seats for packages up until 6:30 PM, after that time seating in the lobby will be first come, first serve.

Upcoming Performances

Thursday, November 24 – No Jazz. Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, December 1

Jazz at O.Henry Hotel

Clinton Horton

Clint Horton unknowingly launched his music career at the age of 5 when his mother convinced him to sing a solo at his church by promising him a candy bar. He later joined the church choir and, to this day, still enjoys singing in church choirs.

While in high school Clint and some of his friends formed a DooWop group which became well known for its tight harmonies. That love for DooWop followed him to college where he joined a group, “The Capels”, which won several local competitions. He and another member of that group later formed a R&B band called “The Spices featuring Salt n Pepper” which performed thru out North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Virginia.

While in college Clint became the first vocalist for the Elon University jazz band, “The Emanons”, which toured throughout The USA, Puerto Rico, and Europe. Their stops included Disney World, The New York Jazz Festival, as well as The Grand Ball for The Duke and Dutchess of Luxembourg. 

During his singing career Clint has performed with several local and regional acts including The Monza’s, Clear Smoke, Sleeping Bootie, and The Lucius Wilson Band. He has shared the stage with numerous national acts including The Four Tops, Jerry Butler, The Classics Four, Joe Simon, Rufus and Carla Thomas, Percy Sledge, The Coasters, and Jackie Wilson.

In 2006 Clint joined The Magnificents Band as its lead vocalist. The Magnificents recently celebrated it’s fiftieth anniversary. The band continues to provide the finest in classic soul, RnB, and beach music to a wide array of fans.

Thursday, December 8

Tanya Ross

Tanya Ross

Tanya Ross is a singer, songwriter and musician. She is a native of Winston-Salem, N.C. At the age of three she began singing and playing the piano. Her influences in music have been inspired by gospel, jazz and soul. By the time Tanya was 14, she began making appearances on local T.V. shows, singing on a few local recording projects and then singing lead with her church choir on Bobby Jones Gospel Show. As she matured, she ventured to college and founded her first band “Ebonique”. They were together for twelve years, and most of her stage experience was developed during that time. “Ebonique” had the opportunity to open for several major recording artists such as: Sybil, Boney James, Kirk Whalum, Rick Braun, Zapp Band, Temptations and many more. As an artist her career took a turn and she became a solo entrepreneur, contracting other musicians to accompany her during performances as The Tanya Ross Project. She continues to do her music passionately with excellence. Her repertoire consist of music from the 70’s to 2000’s with styles that range from R&B, Neo-Soul, Smooth Jazz/Traditional, Reggae and her Originals. She has released two of her CD’s, “Free As a Bird “and “Baggy Jeans”, which have had rave reviews. Her new CD project “Sunshine and Rain” is due to be released some time in 2011. Tanya’s future to come looks very bright. She often says, “I just want to spread love, healing and hope through music.” Tanya thanks the Creator for blessing her with such unique gifts in music.

Thursday, December 15

Angela Bingham O.Henry Jazz Vocalist

Angela Bingham

Angela Bingham is an American jazz vocalist who has been a singer her entire life. She began studying piano and performing from the American songbook at age 5 in her home of the San Francisco Bay Area. She studied jazz in her teens and early 20s, and began working professionally as a solo artist in 2000 while living in Salt Lake City. Her singing is characterized by the qualities of honest expression, solid swinging and an emphasis on the blues. With a clear, steady tone and a penchant for improvisation, she communicates a song’s lyric honestly – “as if she were speaking to you directly, over cocktails or supper.” (David R. Halliday, former jazz radio DJ)

Angela moved to New York City in 2005, where she held down a monthly residency for five years at the now (sadly defunct) Total Wine Bar, garnering a delightfully loyal fan base. During this time, she began working with many of New York’s most heavyweight jazz musicians, and sitting in at venues throughout the city. 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 has released two studio recordings on the Lone Peak Sound label: “Everything I Love,” a duo album with the virtuosic guitarist Kenji Aihara, and “The Night We Called It a Day,” co-produced and co-headlined by Utah’s well-known tenor saxophonist David Halliday.

Thursday, December 22

O.Henry Jazz Series in Greensboro NC

Lydia Salett Dudley

Lydia Salett Dudley is a jazz pianist and singer living in the Raleigh Durham area. Her first exposure to music came from the local Baptist church in Cleveland Ohio which was instrumental in providing experience in playing for various groups of children and adults. In 2003 she branched out into another genre of music under the guidance of Professor Ed Paolantonio and Dr. Stephen Anderson releasing her first single entitled “Green” in 2008, and her composition “Sunsets” was featured on UNC-Chapel Hill’s project TENOR VIBE in 2010.

In 2011 her passion for music education eventually led her to start The Salett Art Center, Inc., a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide music enrichment for underserved youth. She has volunteered at various camps and organizations in Raleigh and Durham, providing sessions on jazz and blues for youths between the ages of 5-17. She also sits on the board of the Heart of Carolina Jazz and completed her masters in Jazz Composition at North Carolina Central University in December 2016 under the direction of Dr. Ira Wiggins. She has played for many venues including the Jacksonville Jazz Festival in 2011 and 2012, the African American Festival in 2017 and provides music for all occasions!

Saturday, December 24: 7 PM – 10 PM

Special Christmas Eve Show

Georgianna Penn
Liz Penn Jazz Artist

Liz Penn & Georgianna Penn (Vocalists) | Matt Reid, Neil Clegg, Paul Foster (Instrumentalists)

Georgianna Penn. 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.   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.

Liz Penn. With the vocal dimensions of jazz, music theatre, and swing; Liz Penn brings a bold and entertaining approach to the Great American Song Book. Liz is a seasoned performer, event & show producer, director, and choreographer working at venues such as: Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, Gaylord National Resort, Regency Cruise Lines, and the Fireside Theatre in Wisconsin. Liz gains her muse from vocalists and entertainers alike, channeling inspiration from Bette Midler, Julie London, Rosemary Clooney, and Judy Garland. Liz began singing with her family swing band Penn Family Music at age 13. It was in those early years that she developed her inner heart beat for swing and knew the stage was her home. Liz holds a BFA in Theatre, Dance, and Jazz Studies from UNCG where she studied saxophone with Craig Whittaker and dance with Jan Van Dyke. She earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Old Dominion University. Specializing in Performing Arts Medicine, Liz has an extensive Broadway portfolio including such shows as: Wicked, Beautiful, School of Rock, Sunset Boulevard, Great Comet, Ground Hog Day, Once, and Evita where she works as a backstage physical therapist. Liz is thrilled to have returned to NC after being away for over 20 years and is overjoyed to be part of the Jazz Series at the O.Henry Hotel. www.penncreativecollaborations.com

Thursday, December 29

Sarah Strable Jazz Vocalist

Sarah Strable

Sarah Strable is a vocalist, yoga instructor, and healing arts practitioner in Greensboro, NC. Sarah began classical vocal studies at age 12 and started singing professionally at age 16 with the party band Timepiece. After performing with Timepiece for 6 years and majoring in vocal performance at Greensboro College, Sarah co-founded the music ensemble Certified Organic with Andy Eversole; the group performed a mix of folk, bluegrass, and Americana. Subsequently, during 9 years as part of the band Black and Blue, Sarah expanded her repertoire by singing pop, Motown, and R&B classics all over the East Coast.

In addition to delivering stunning versions of the National Anthem for high profile events like the 2020 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, Sarah has been a prolific studio recording artist for many North Carolina-based song-writers and groups, including The Catalinas, Andy Eversole, Viva La Muerte, Banjo Earth Band, The Deluge, and Dan Shull. In 2008, Sarah’s lead vocal on the song “My Sweet Talkin’ Daddy” helped the song climb to number 8 on the beach music charts. Her vocals can also be heard on several film soundtracks, including the 2018 IMAX film, In Saturn’s Rings.

Currently, Sarah enjoys contributing to new recording projects and appearing with a wide variety of groups. You may find her dancing melodies over big bands like Durham-based NC Revelers Orchestra, jamming out with rock bands, or entrancing spell-bound audiences with intimate jazz ensembles.

Saturday, December 31 New YEars Eve Early Show

6-9PM

Jessica Mashburn

Jessica Mashburn and the O.Henry Trio

Jessica Mashburn was born in Pinehurst, North Carolina. Both of her parents were musicians. Her mother played guitar and piano, and her father was a singer and played the upright bass. Jessica was extremely shy as a child and her mother would try to break her of that by having her sing at family gatherings as early as age 5. She began to play piano and guitar by ear shortly after and started writing songs as a teenager. In high school, Jessica competed in talent shows all over Greensboro, and was also the President of the Honors Vocal Ensemble her senior year. Jessica attended UNCG School of Music and went on to receive a fine arts music degree for piano/vocal performance from Sandhills College. In 2008 she was cast in the Triad Stage production of David Sedaris’ “Santa Land Diaries”. Her “Miss Peppermint” character received rave reviews providing soothing and sometimes humorous interludes during the entire show, which sold out for 26 performances. Jessica still actively writes and performs locally and aside from music, she has worked with Quaintance Weaver Restaurants & Hotels in a variety of roles since 1999.

Saturday, December 31 New YEars Eve Late Show
10 PM-12 AM

Diana Tuffin & Zentriciti Perform August 20 at O.Henry Jazz Series in Greensboro, NC

Diana Tuffin (Vocalist), Matt Reid (piano), William Lebetter (bass) Drew Hays (sax)

Diana’s musical journey has landed her in front of a most prolific composer, arranger, piano accompanist and vocal coach, Mr. Norman Simmons, who was the power driver behind the likes of Joe Williams, Carmen McCrae, Sarah Vaughn, Betty Carter, Anita O’Day, Dakota Staton and now Diana. Diana’s unique vocal style is in high demand for her multi lingual performances of Jazz, Blues, Spirituals and Old School R&B. For the past ten years, she has graced the International Furniture Market with her diverse musical interpretations for visitors from around the world. Diana was bestowed the honor as the lead vocalist for the 2015 John Coltrane All Stars. They performed  at the 2015 John Coltrane festival. She was selected to represent the Triad as a featured vocalist in Greensboro’s Weaver Theater’s production, “The Living Women Legends In Jazz”.  Diana acting credits contribute to a two week sell out for “Stomping at the Savoy” at the Yakinville  Theater in Yakinville, N.C.Appeared in Dr. Chuck Davis African-American Dance Ensemble Production at the Turnage Theater, Washington,N.C. Diana has been privileged to perform with some of the upper crust of musical leaders: Andrea Brachfeld, Melva Houston, Chris Murrell, Matt Kendrick,  John Wilson, Joe Robinson, Nat Adderly, Jr., Wynard Harper, Andrea Brachfeld, Ray Schinery, Akiko Tsuruga, Roy Roberts, Jerry Weldon, Ron Stacker, Cle Thompson, Courtneay Wynter, Dr. James Anderson, Vincent Crenshaw, Dave Reid, Neil Maxey and many others.

Past Performers

Matelyn Alicia

Matelyn Alicia

A multi faceted artist, Matelyn Alicia has utilized every opportunity and platform afforded her over the last 30 years, to hone her skills as an entertainer, life coach, and overall leader.

A much sought after workshop facilitator and conference speaker, Matelyn was the Akron Chapter NAACP’s 2018 Annual Life Member/ Scholarship Luncheon Keynote speaker, as well as a featured panelist for Leadership Akron’s 2019 “Arts and Culture” Discussion, holding her own as the only woman on the panel. That same year Matelyn was awarded the 2019 Ohio Black Women’s Leadership Caucus’ “Woman Paving the Way” award. Having laid a solid foundation for a long and steady career in entertainment, her vision to build an organization that would advance the cause of Creatives, has finally been given space.

In 2018, after having completed multiple European Gospel and Jazz tours, releasing her debut music project “God’s Butterfly LIVE!” and touring the U.S. to promote the project, she embarked on her next adventure – God’s Butterfly THE MOVEMENT! With Akron OH as its home base, God’s Butterfly THE MOVEMENT proudly serves both Northeast Ohio and the Triad area of North Carolina. Promoting healing, wholeness, and freedom for all through an artistic approach to holistic health and well-being, GBTM exists to provide a safe space for Creatives to express artistically, cultivate their artistry, and find healing through the arts!

Currently serving as Lead Organizational Consultant of GBTM, she is excited to offer her skills, talents, and network to the Creatives the organization serves. Her daily motivation is simple – She is driven by the vast ways in which she envisions the organization impacting each and every community it enters, for the betterment of the people and the arts!

Jessica Mashburn

Jessica Mashburn

Jessica Mashburn was born in Pinehurst, North Carolina. Both of her parents were musicians. Her mother played guitar and piano, and her father was a singer and played the upright bass. Jessica was extremely shy as a child and her mother would try to break her of that by having her sing at family gatherings as early as age 5. She began to play piano and guitar by ear shortly after and started writing songs as a teenager. In high school, Jessica competed in talent shows all over Greensboro, and was also the President of the Honors Vocal Ensemble her senior year. Jessica attended UNCG School of Music and went on to receive a fine arts music degree for piano/vocal performance from Sandhills College. In 2008 she was cast in the Triad Stage production of David Sedaris’ “Santa Land Diaries”. Her “Miss Peppermint” character received rave reviews providing soothing and sometimes humorous interludes during the entire show, which sold out for 26 performances. Jessica still actively writes and performs locally and aside from music, she has worked with Quaintance Weaver Restaurants & Hotels in a variety of roles since 1999.

O.Henry Jazz Series in Greensboro NC

Lydia Salett Dudley

Lydia Salett Dudley is a jazz pianist and singer living in the Raleigh Durham area. Her first exposure to music came from the local Baptist church in Cleveland Ohio which was instrumental in providing experience in playing for various groups of children and adults. In 2003 she branched out into another genre of music under the guidance of Professor Ed Paolantonio and Dr. Stephen Anderson releasing her first single entitled “Green” in 2008, and her composition “Sunsets” was featured on UNC-Chapel Hill’s project TENOR VIBE in 2010.

In 2011 her passion for music education eventually led her to start The Salett Art Center, Inc., a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide music enrichment for underserved youth. She has volunteered at various camps and organizations in Raleigh and Durham, providing sessions on jazz and blues for youths between the ages of 5-17. She also sits on the board of the Heart of Carolina Jazz and completed her masters in Jazz Composition at North Carolina Central University in December 2016 under the direction of Dr. Ira Wiggins. She has played for many venues including the Jacksonville Jazz Festival in 2011 and 2012, the African American Festival in 2017 and provides music for all occasions!

Siren Series Jazz

Siren Series Jazz

Siren Series Jazz is Karon Click and Diana Tuffin, two dynamic Winston-Salem, NC jazz singers. With soaring harmonies, counter-punctual jazz scatting, fun banter and effective audience interaction these two exceptional vocalists really make it happen. Besides offering an entertaining and artistic concert experience, the Sirens have a mission: to offer aspiring female vocalists encouragement and coaching as they develop their talents, and as well as a performance spot with the Siren Series Jazz Band on Monday nights in Winston-Salem.

Diana Tuffin is well known in the triad and performs regularly at the O.Henry Thursday Cocktails and Jazz. Karon Click, a multi-genre singer, has fronted her popular band Karon Click and the Hot Licks for over a decade, as well as being another favorite at O.Henry. Both of these songbirds are in demand and maintain a busy performance schedule. As a duo they put on a swinging show that is no0t to be missed!

Dr John Henry

Dr. John Henry

Dr. John Henry, Jr. was born in Cleveland, OH. He graduated from Berea High School in Berea, OH, completed both the Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Music Education at the University of Akron, in Akron, OH, and a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Music Education at the University of Houston. He is currently pursuing a Master of Christian Education Degree at Apex School of Theology.

Dr. Henry has taught public school music (Band, Choir, and General Music) in Ohio. He served as an Assistant Director of Bands at Texas Southern University in Houston, TX from 1994-2001. Since 2001, Dr. Henry has been teaching at North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University in Greensboro, NC, where he has served as an Assistant Director of Bands and Music Education Coordinator. He is currently the Director of the Music Program. He also teaches the History of Gospel Music, Introduction to Music Literature, Sight-Singing and Ear Training, and Upper level Music Theory courses.

As an active arranger and musician on piano, organ, keyboard, and trombone, Dr. Henry has worked with numerous musical groups in various cities in Ohio, Texas, both North and South Carolina. Dr. Henry plays bass trombone and sings in the Greensboro Big Band, and continues to lead his own group, The John Henry Ensemble. He is currently planning a recording project. In addition, Dr. Henry currently serves in the Music Ministries at Maple Grove Baptist Church in Burlington, NC, and Metropolitan United Methodist Church in Greensboro, NC.

Dr. Henry is active in the North Carolina Music Educator’s Association (NCMEA), serving on the board as the Historian, and serving as a Member-At-Large on the Higher Education Board. He also serves as the Chair for Region 7 of the National Association of School of Music (NASM).

Tanya Ross

Tanya Ross

Tanya Ross is a singer, songwriter and musician. She is a native of Winston-Salem, N.C. At the age of three she began singing and playing the piano. Her influences in music have been inspired by gospel, jazz and soul. By the time Tanya was 14, she began making appearances on local T.V. shows, singing on a few local recording projects and then singing lead with her church choir on Bobby Jones Gospel Show. As she matured, she ventured to college and founded her first band “Ebonique”. They were together for twelve years, and most of her stage experience was developed during that time. “Ebonique” had the opportunity to open for several major recording artists such as: Sybil, Boney James, Kirk Whalum, Rick Braun, Zapp Band, Temptations and many more. As an artist her career took a turn and she became a solo entrepreneur, contracting other musicians to accompany her during performances as The Tanya Ross Project. She continues to do her music passionately with excellence. Her repertoire consist of music from the 70’s to 2000’s with styles that range from R&B, Neo-Soul, Smooth Jazz/Traditional, Reggae and her Originals. She has released two of her CD’s, “Free As a Bird “and “Baggy Jeans”, which have had rave reviews. Her new CD project “Sunshine and Rain” is due to be released some time in 2011. Tanya’s future to come looks very bright. She often says, “I just want to spread love, healing and hope through music.” Tanya thanks the Creator for blessing her with such unique gifts in music.

Jessica Mashburn

Jessica Mashburn

Jessica Mashburn was born in Pinehurst, North Carolina. Both of her parents were musicians. Her mother played guitar and piano, and her father was a singer and played the upright bass. Jessica was extremely shy as a child and her mother would try to break her of that by having her sing at family gatherings as early as age 5. She began to play piano and guitar by ear shortly after and started writing songs as a teenager. In high school, Jessica competed in talent shows all over Greensboro, and was also the President of the Honors Vocal Ensemble her senior year. Jessica attended UNCG School of Music and went on to receive a fine arts music degree for piano/vocal performance from Sandhills College. In 2008 she was cast in the Triad Stage production of David Sedaris’ “Santa Land Diaries”. Her “Miss Peppermint” character received rave reviews providing soothing and sometimes humorous interludes during the entire show, which sold out for 26 performances. Jessica still actively writes and performs locally and aside from music, she has worked with Quaintance Weaver Restaurants & Hotels in a variety of roles since 1999.

Nishah DiMeo jazz guest vocalist

Nishah DiMeo

With unique vocal stylings and a seemingly limitless range, Nishah DiMeo has been studying, recording and performing music for over three decades, covering genres from alternative to zydeco…..though jazz has slowly become her favorite. Born in New Jersey in 1977, she began her studies at the age of 4 at the Freedom Theater in Philadelphia. Her family came back to it’s roots in Greensboro, NC in 1988, where she continued her study of the arts through dance, theater, piano and flute, in choirs and private classical voice training. Since the age of 18, she’s recorded and graced stages across the country with numerous artists, competing & winning Battles of the Bands, headlining shows and opening for international artists, including The English Beat, Eek-A-Mouse, Jeff Lorber and Four80East. Nishah has been chosen more than once to perform in the John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival – a concert boasting a list of notables such as George Benson, Boney James and Al Jarreau and will be appearing in the 2017 National Folk Festival. She currently performs with a network of talented musicians & bands in the Triad, Raleigh & Charlotte areas, a SC based big band and corporate events bands out of Atlanta & Richmond.

Dr John Henry

Dr. John Henry

Dr. John Henry, Jr. was born in Cleveland, OH. He graduated from Berea High School in Berea, OH, completed both the Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Music Education at the University of Akron, in Akron, OH, and a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Music Education at the University of Houston. He is currently pursuing a Master of Christian Education Degree at Apex School of Theology.

Dr. Henry has taught public school music (Band, Choir, and General Music) in Ohio. He served as an Assistant Director of Bands at Texas Southern University in Houston, TX from 1994-2001. Since 2001, Dr. Henry has been teaching at North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University in Greensboro, NC, where he has served as an Assistant Director of Bands and Music Education Coordinator. He is currently the Director of the Music Program. He also teaches the History of Gospel Music, Introduction to Music Literature, Sight-Singing and Ear Training, and Upper level Music Theory courses.

As an active arranger and musician on piano, organ, keyboard, and trombone, Dr. Henry has worked with numerous musical groups in various cities in Ohio, Texas, both North and South Carolina. Dr. Henry plays bass trombone and sings in the Greensboro Big Band, and continues to lead his own group, The John Henry Ensemble. He is currently planning a recording project. In addition, Dr. Henry currently serves in the Music Ministries at Maple Grove Baptist Church in Burlington, NC, and Metropolitan United Methodist Church in Greensboro, NC.

Dr. Henry is active in the North Carolina Music Educator’s Association (NCMEA), serving on the board as the Historian, and serving as a Member-At-Large on the Higher Education Board. He also serves as the Chair for Region 7 of the National Association of School of Music (NASM).

Tanya Ross

Tanya Ross

Tanya Ross is a singer, songwriter and musician. She is a native of Winston-Salem, N.C. At the age of three she began singing and playing the piano. Her influences in music have been inspired by gospel, jazz and soul. By the time Tanya was 14, she began making appearances on local T.V. shows, singing on a few local recording projects and then singing lead with her church choir on Bobby Jones Gospel Show. As she matured, she ventured to college and founded her first band “Ebonique”. They were together for twelve years, and most of her stage experience was developed during that time. “Ebonique” had the opportunity to open for several major recording artists such as: Sybil, Boney James, Kirk Whalum, Rick Braun, Zapp Band, Temptations and many more. As an artist her career took a turn and she became a solo entrepreneur, contracting other musicians to accompany her during performances as The Tanya Ross Project. She continues to do her music passionately with excellence. Her repertoire consist of music from the 70’s to 2000’s with styles that range from R&B, Neo-Soul, Smooth Jazz/Traditional, Reggae and her Originals. She has released two of her CD’s, “Free As a Bird “and “Baggy Jeans”, which have had rave reviews. Her new CD project “Sunshine and Rain” is due to be released some time in 2011. Tanya’s future to come looks very bright. She often says, “I just want to spread love, healing and hope through music.” Tanya thanks the Creator for blessing her with such unique gifts in music.

O.Henry Jazz Series Saturday July 1

The Mondre Moffett Jazz Society

Mondre Moffett is a prolific trumpeter, composer, educator, and bandleader. He has appeared in concert with a who’s who in Jazz music. Early national and international performances with his noted family members under the direction of his father drummer Charles Moffett, and his work as a trumpeter with the legendary Duke Ellington Orchestra, highlights an extensive musical career.

Moffett has several recordings published on the Venus Record label. His compositional work and trumpet credits can also be heard on the Blue Note record label, RCA, Paidrum, MoJazz and Silkheart records. His most recent CD releases include an original jazz musical score entitled “Royal Decree”, preceded by his acclaimed Symphony composed for orchestra, chorus, and jazz soloist entitled The Wishbone Suite.

The Mondre Moffett Jazz Society is a swinging ensemble that performs jazz music as America’s classical music, and also contemporary works of a global dimension. From Dizzy’s “ A Night in Tunisia” to Basie’s “April in Paris”, listening to the MMJS is an experience that is reminiscence of listening to jazz masters such as Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk,  “The Count Basie Orchestra”, “The Duke Ellington Orchestra”, and other giants in the field of jazz music.

O.Henry Jazz Series in Greensboro NC

Lydia Salett Dudley

Lydia Salett Dudley is a jazz pianist and singer living in the Raleigh Durham area. Her first exposure to music came from the local Baptist church in Cleveland Ohio which was instrumental in providing experience in playing for various groups of children and adults. In 2003 she branched out into another genre of music under the guidance of Professor Ed Paolantonio and Dr. Stephen Anderson releasing her first single entitled “Green” in 2008, and her composition “Sunsets” was featured on UNC-Chapel Hill’s project TENOR VIBE in 2010.

In 2011 her passion for music education eventually led her to start The Salett Art Center, Inc., a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide music enrichment for underserved youth. She has volunteered at various camps and organizations in Raleigh and Durham, providing sessions on jazz and blues for youths between the ages of 5-17. She also sits on the board of the Heart of Carolina Jazz and completed her masters in Jazz Composition at North Carolina Central University in December 2016 under the direction of Dr. Ira Wiggins. She has played for many venues including the Jacksonville Jazz Festival in 2011 and 2012, the African American Festival in 2017 and provides music for all occasions!

Drorester Alexander

Drorester O. Alexander II is a Jazz pianist from Charlotte, North Carolina. He began his musical journey as a percussionist in the 5th grade and found his love for piano at the age of 11. Drorester graduated from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University with a BA in Music. He also attended North Carolina Central University as a graduate student in Jazz studies/piano performance. He studied under jazz professor Ed Paolantonio, artist in residence Joey Calderazzo (pianist) and artist in residence Branford Marsalis (saxaphonist).

Drorester is currently a music educator in Guilford County Schools. He stays active in the community as a volunteer jazz pianist in The Greensboro Big Band, Titus Gant Quartet, Roberto & Friends and serves as the pianist for other bands in the surrounding areas including his own Alexander AllStars.
Drorester’s music is solidified with a jazz sound influences of classical embellishments and improvisations that speak to the soul. He is an advocate for advancing music in America as well as around the World. His favorite music quote is “Music of the mind tingles, music of the heart fulfills” by Michael A. Washington.

Joey Barnes

“I’m stepping out, no turning round…” croons Joey Barnes in his song “The Wire (Act One)”. The native of Greensboro, NC released his third solo EP, Change, through Nascent Republic Records in February. Featured on VH1’s Top 20 Countdown, a portion of the EP goes directly to NextAid, where the proceeds are helping build a community center in the slums of Nairobi. Change follows previously released Always and Second Chances. The albums were recorded during breaks from his touring and recording schedule with multi-platinum and award winning rock band Daughtry, of which he was a member from 2007-2010. Beyond writing his own music, Joey uses his talents to produce music for other artists on the Nascent Republic label and beyond.

Joey’s abilities are becoming more widely known around the world, as he was chosen to be sponsored by Vic Firth drumsticks and Paul Reed Smith guitars. He is also a featured artist on Matchless Music, an independent music placement company, and has songs in rotation on iHeartRadio’s New! Uncover and Discover station. Joey’s music was also chosen by Pandora Internet Radio to have its own station. In addition, his albums can be found on over 40,000 TouchTunes jukeboxes across the country.

Watching Joey perform onstage makes one realize the difference between a regular musician and a true artist. The passion he emits while playing makes you appreciate the honesty behind every note. “And honesty,” Joey maintains, “be it pretty or brutal, is something that’s contagious. People dig that.” He concedes that he has no problem getting onstage and bleeding for hours during a performance. It’s this type of rare quality that sets Joey apart from the majority of the music industry today. His humble confidence and desire to stay true to himself as opposed to what’s popular with the mainstream is going to give him the longevity to stay in the spotlight as long as he desires.

With his talent, intellect, and creative drive… Joey Barnes truly is destined for the sky.

Lalenja Harrington

Lalenja Harrington

Lalenja Harrington has been singing with her family for as far back as she can remember. There were very few car rides with her dad and sister, or family get togethers that did not involve the joyful rising up of voices in tight familial harmonies. Her mother’s family provided her with a deep love of the blues, jazz, and soul, particularly those seminal women of the jazz era like Dinah Washington, Billie Holiday, Sara Vaughn, and of course Ella Fitzgerald.

Her passion for making music however, did not manifest itself more formally until she Joined her college a capella group, The Tigerlilies, providing her with many opportunities to sink into a mean base line as a second alto, and grow her confidence to even step out of the shadows and make her own individual voice known.

After college, singing took a backseat to other creative endeavors like spoken word, although performance always remained at the center. It was only when she joined her 9-year-old son on the stage in a musical, that Lalenja reconnected with her own love of singing beyond family functions. That first production opened the flood gates, and since then she has enjoyed a number of lead roles in local productions like Rent, Children of Eden, Born Bad, and her most challenging musical role as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill.

Lalenja’s instinct for conveying emotion through word and song, along with her rich, velvety tone, will keep audiences enthralled and deeply engaged with those jazz standards.

Liz and Georgianna

Georgianna & Liz Penn

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.   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.