Archive for December, 2010

Published by Gregg Gelb on 30 Dec 2010

Friday, Jan. 14, 2011, 8pm at the Temple Theatre – Sanford, NC

Jazz Vocalist, Melva Houston
Performing with the Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra,
Directed by Gregg Gelb
Also featuring vocalist, Alexander Brower


Concert Tickets are $15 Adults and $10 students/children (general admission). Call the Temple Theatre Box Office 919-774-4155 between 2pm – 6pm. The Temple Theatre is located at 120 Carthage St. in Sanford, NC 27330 (driving directions)

For more information contact gregg@carolinajazz.com

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Published by Gregg Gelb on 30 Dec 2010

Jan. 14th concert features Melva Houston and Alexander Brower

Melva Houston

Melva Houston is a jazz and blues vocalist whose experience includes more than 20 years of live performances across the US and internationally.  A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Melva began her career with gospel performances.  At the age of 16, she moved into R&B as a backup singer for Stax Records where she recorded with R&B greats such as Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding, Rufus Thomas, Wilson Pickett and Sam and Dave.  Melva made her first tour of Europe with the Platters and starred in a Motown Revue.
Once Melva discovered jazz and blues, she found her musical passion and has been performing these styles for most of her career.  Her performances include jazz standards and blues featuring songs from the jazz greats such as Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington and Nina Simone.  In her concerts, Melva is accompanied by her band of excellent musicians.
2010 marks Melva’s 13th year tour of Europe where she will perform concerts, conduct workshops and continue work on her newest CD.  In 2006 and 2007, Melva Houston was acknowledged as the Goodwill Ambassador of the “Fundacion Alzheimer Aruba” and was a Telly Award winner for her short-form documentary promo: Melva Houston: Keeping Jazz Alive.
Today, Melva tours the US, Spain, Germany, Holland, Switzerland and the Caribbean on her mission to keep jazz alive.  In addition to her concerts, Melva also conducts vocal workshops for aspiring singers.  By sharing her passion, energy and love of music, Melva has received the adulation of countless audiences around the world.
Melva Houston’s Headlining and Opening Performances include:
Stanley Turrentine, Alan Holdsworth, Ramsey Lewis, Tito Puente,
Hank Crawford, Marcus Roberts, Arturo Sandoval
Melva Houston’s Joint Performances include:
Yusaf Salim, Bus Brown, Denice Williams, Swing Central Big Band,
Bob Sanger Trio, Barbara Mason, Gene Chandler, Joe Williams,
Carla Thomas

Melva Houston’s Performance Venues include:
International Jazz Festival, Oberkochen, Germany
2001 Governor’s Inaugural Ball, Raleigh, NC
Chateau Morrisette Winery, Meadows of Dan, VA
Highlands Jazz Festival, Abingdon, VA
Swing 100 Supper Club, Charlotte, NC
Wilmington Symphony Orchestra, Wilmington, NC
Jamboree Jazz Club, Barcelona, Spain
Grove Park Inn, Asheville, NC
International Home Furnishings Market, High Point, NC
Our State North Carolina Festival, High Point, NC
Johanneskirche Cathedral, Stuttgart, Germany
Greebrier Hotel, White Sulphur Springs, WV
Doe Run Lodge, Blueridge Parkway, NC
Pleasure Island Seafood and Jazz Festival, Wilmington, NC
BellSouth’s 4th Street Jazz and Blues Festival, Winston-Salem, NC
Media Reviews:
We love your “MELVA HOUSTON AND BAND: Black Coffee” CD so much that we’re featuring it in our Editor’s Picks section from now on.

We’re *really* picky about what we feature.  We get about 200-250 new albums a DAY coming in here now, (about 200,000 total), and yours is one of the best we’ve ever heard.

REVIEW:  Internationally-known and loved jazz singer, Melva Houston truly dazzles on Black Coffee, transfixing her listeners with her smokin’voice, perfectly suited for bluesy R&B and soul. Coloring these jazzy numbers with some real no-nonsense attitude and with a powerhouse combo backing her up, this disc ranges from a variety of sauntering ballads to swinging shakers. Having recorded with R&B greats such as Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding, Rufus Thomas and Wilson Pickett at the fresh age of 16, Houston again reminds her fans why she’s such a force to be reckoned with. Without a doubt, this is the jazz pick of the month.
—-CD Baby

“The lady has a stage presence and earthy charm that is at once magnetic and endearing…”
—-The Chapel Hill Newspaper Emphasis
“Houston was electric…”
—-Go Triad, News and Record, Greensboro
“It isn’t just her singing that makes Melva unique…it’s the way she moves a crowd…”
—-The Surry Times
“Houston fans are impressed by her vocal talent and high impact energy…”
—-Burlington Times-News

 

Alexander Brower

 

Alexander Brower has entertained from Mississippi to Boston, performing in churches, and auditoriums, singing for professional, social, and fraternal organizations.  He has performed at the famed Apollo Theater in New York and on major university campuses.  With experience in theater as well, Alexander Brower’s credits include dramatic parts and musicals.  His dramatic debut was in the role of Asagai in the Footlight Players’ production of Raisin in the Sun.  He won the Best Supporting Actor Award for the 85′ 86 season.  Being cast in the lead of De Lawd for the Temple Theatre’s production of Green Pastures gave him an opportunity to share his musical and dramatic talents.  In the Sandpaper Magazine Luke Osteen said, “The star of the show is Brower, with his subtly proud God.  Portraying God must be both an actors dream and a nightmare.  Incredibly, Brower is able to infuse his God with a wonderful human-ness, he is smug, worried, doubtful, wrathful, and above all, compassionate…” Alexander is also publisher of the Hometown News Magazine and President of the Lee County NAACP.