LIVE PERFORMANCE • THE LITTLE CAFE
Mel Henderson & Greg Wachala
Sunday, February 19 @ 6:30pm
One of the brightest guitarists of his generation, Melvin Henderson will soon be releasing an album on Trier Records. Over the past 3 decades he has performed and recorded with some of contemporary music’s finest musicians including Al Jarreau, Dr Lonnie Smith, Joe Locke, Randy Brecker, Wycliffe Gordon, Marcus Printup, JD Allen, Jeremy Pelt, Ted Poor, Jack McDuff, Tommy Campbell, Wilby Fletcher, Fred Wesley and David “Fathead” Newman. Henderson’s playing has been applauded in publications worldwide, including JazzWeek and AllaboutJazz. He has toured extensively in the U.S., Europe and Canada, performing at some of the best national and international Jazz festivals including the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, Salzburger Jazz Herbst, Markham, Newport and Paetec Jazz Festival as well as at renowned venues such as the Blue Note clubs in New York and Tokyo and the Bee Hive in Boston. Henderson is a member of the Grammy-nominated band Paradigm Shift. He is on the faculty of Rochester Contemporary School of Music and is a sought after clinician. Henderson attended Berklee College of Music and currently resides in Western New York.
Greg Wachala is a respected guitarist and educator in the Greater New York City area. He earned a Masters Degree in Music from Boston University, and is on the faculty at the prestigious Hobart and William Smith Colleges. He also endorses Benedetto, Godin and Seagul Guitars, as well as Quilter and Acoustic Solutions amplifiers. Having gained a reputation as a passionate and innovative musician, he has created an individual style on the guitar that crosses over many musical genres while staying true to the traditional styling of jazz. Greg has recorded with multi-Platinum artist Jay Proctor and performed with Craig Schulman, Rick Balestra, Rodney Jones, Gene Bertoncini, Ira Coleman, and Walter White among others. He had perfomed in Las Vegas Showrooms, NYC Clubs, events for NASCAR, musicals, and countless other venues. He has also written music for television commercials.