A teenage organist had to polish a lot of shoes to bring Miss Lucy home. Now it’s her chance to shine.
George Melvin was 17 when he took a shine to the 1964 Hammond B3 organ, so he saved up money from his shoeshine gig at a barbershop and other jobs back home in Altavista. For the next four decades, Miss Lucy traveled with Melvin to shows large and small, giving audiences a chance to enjoy live organ jazz.
Starting at 3 p.m. Saturday, organists will gather to perform on a freshly spruced-up Miss Lucy. The lineup includes Adrian Duke, Sam McLawhorn, Art Wheeler, Betty Jo Dominick, Matty Metcalfe and Anthony Pocetti. Guitarist Abe Ovadia will be here from New York to perform with his organ trio.
Together, they’ll pay fond tribute to Melvin, who died in 2010, by helping to raise money for the George Melvin Education Fund. The Charlottesville Jazz Society, which administers the fund, will present the third annual fundraiser at Fellini’s No. 9 from 3 p.m. Saturday until about 3 a.m. Sunday.
The fund helps young musicians get the music lessons they need to build a solid grounding in jazz. Its previous two fundraisers have provided:
» two elementary-level teaching packages to local elementary school teachers;
» eight cash awards to help local students pay for lessons and instrument upgrades;
» four World Beat Workshops with drummer Robert Jospe for county schools;
» a summer music theory session for high school-age musicians;
Admission is $10 and includes a raffle ticket. The prize is a watercolor landscape painted by Melvin. Learn more by calling 979-4279 or visiting www.cvillejazz.org.