O.Henry Hotel Cocktails & Jazz:
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. No cover charge! About the artist: 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!