85th Birthday Celebration Concert
Horace Grigsby’s talent and influence runs strong and deep through the Houston jazz scene. Beginning his jazz career in the 1960’s, audiences across town are mesmerized by his soulful and emotive voice. Audiences across town are mesmerized by his soulful and emotive voice. The Houston-native thrives on smooth jazz standards where his vocals can really shine.
Born in 1935, Grigsby grew up on the sounds of Nat King Cole and Joe Williams. He mostly kept his singing to Sundays at church where his father was a reverend. Eventually, he would join the Marine Corps and find his own voice. His time in the military took him to Honolulu, New York and beyond, and every step of the way he would be booking gigs on the side. In 1965, he found himself back home in Houston and he kept on singing. During an era when rock music was gaining momentum, Grigsby focused on his true passion, jazz. His career in music remained steady and impassioned over the decades. He met his frequent collaborator and accompanist, Bob Henschen, in the early 1970’s and the duo have been playing great jazz together ever since, including recording Horace’s debut album, “At Last!” in 1997.