Please join us for Winard Harper’s weekly Sunday Session and Meet the Artist series. This week will feature special guest vocalist Melba Joyce.
Melba Joyce is one of our exceptional Jazz Ladies, born and raised with this Great American Art form. Her father, Melvin Moore, sang Jazz, toured and recorded with Dizzy Gillespie’s Big Band. As a Jazz singer in her own right, Melba Joyce has performed with Louis Armstrong at the age of 19, and later with Louis Jordan, Lionel Hampton, Ellis Marsalis, Dizzy Gillespie, has opened for Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard and Smokey Robinson and appeared on Broadway in “Black and Blue”, one of my favourite shows. Melba starred in the show’s successful world tour, from Amsterdam to Beijing, London and Bordeaux to New York, Dallas and Beverley Hills.
Melba produced the first Women in Jazz Festival at Harlem’s Schomburg Center for Black Culture and became a principal in the Day of the Child Series for UNICEF. In May 2004, Melba was the first to be honored by the National Jazz Museum in Harlem and a year later joined the great Count Basie Orchestra as vocalist. In 2008, The Central Park Conservancy recognized Melba, through the City of New York for creating and producing the first Women’s Jazz Festival.