Melba Joyce

Melba Joyce

Every once in a while a special someone defies the odds and manages to make his or her talent shine again and again, in different venues, on stages and bandstands, in recording studios or on tour.

Such a person is Melba Joyce. Her long and impressive career has spanned three decades in the company of and sharing top billing with such giants of the music world as Louis Armstrong, Sarah Vaughn, Louis Jordan, Lionel Hampton, Tony Bennett, Joe Williams, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson and so many others.

As a performer and activist, her accomplishments are as varied as they are impressive. Having entertained crowds from Vietnam to Russia, China to her native Texas, Melba is also the creator of the first ever Women in Jazz Festival at Harlem's Schomburg Center for Black Culture, was appointed panelist for the Congressional Black Caucus of Women in Jazz Forum, and
became a principal in the Day of the Child Series for UNICEF. She has been featured by the Count Basie Orchestra, appeared in a Tony Award winning Broadway show, headlined Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night's Swing, and has been honored as a Jazz Ambassador.

More than all of her achievements, Melba Joyce is an icon of Harlem jazz and style. As the National Jazz Museum has proclaimed, Melba Joyce truly is "one of Harlem's treasures."



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