Smalls Jazz Club, Greenwich Village, New York CitySmalls Jazz Club, Greenwich Village, New York City
Forvm Club, Dayton, OhioForvm Club, Dayton, Ohio
Roy and Lincoln Berry, Forvm Club, Dayton, OhioRoy and Lincoln Berry, Forvm Club, Dayton, Ohio
Roy, Robert Mwamba, Chip SheltonRoy, Robert Mwamba, Chip Shelton
Roy and Bernard Purdie, Associated Musicians of Greater New YorkRoy and Bernard Purdie, Associated Musicians of Greater New York
Leon Lee Dorsey, Freddie Hubbard, Roy, Vincent EctorLeon Lee Dorsey, Freddie Hubbard, Roy, Vincent Ector
Roy and Saadi Zain, Blue Note Milano, Milan, ItalyRoy and Saadi Zain, Blue Note Milano, Milan, Italy
Westminster Village, West Lafayette, IndianaWestminster Village, West Lafayette, Indiana
Roy and Lenny Davis, Forvm Club, Dayton, OhioRoy and Lenny Davis, Forvm Club, Dayton, Ohio
  • Smalls Jazz Club, Greenwich Village, New York City
  • Forvm Club, Dayton, Ohio
  • Roy and Lincoln Berry, Forvm Club, Dayton, Ohio
  • Roy, Robert Mwamba, Chip Shelton
  • Roy and Bernard Purdie, Associated Musicians of Greater New York
  • Leon Lee Dorsey, Freddie Hubbard, Roy, Vincent Ector
  • Roy and Saadi Zain, Blue Note Milano, Milan, Italy
  • Westminster Village, West Lafayette, Indiana
  • Roy and Lenny Davis, Forvm Club, Dayton, Ohio

Roy D. Meriwether, the one-time child prodigy and life-long jazz piano virtuoso, was born in Dayton on February 24, 1943. After Roy crawled up on the piano bench when he was 3 years old and played his first song, much to the amazement of his family, Roy has been amazing audiences ever since—in jazz clubs, concert halls, and jazz festivals across the country. By age 4, Roy was playing every hotel in Dayton, played at Dayton’s Memorial Hall for the General Motors convention, and made the down payment for the family’s first Cadillac. He started playing for a 22-voice choir at the age of 7.

Renowned jazz critic Arnold Shaw once described Roy as a “two-fisted pianist who in this day of right-handed wizards has the sound of a champion, with thunder in his left hand and lightning in his right.” Roy has had an amazing career with 25 albums to date, including dozens of originals and a 21-song musical, Black Snow. That musical, partly sponsored by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, which is a musical interpretation of African-American history, was performed live, April 10-11, 1976, at Memorial Hall in commemoration of the American Bicentennial. The world-class performance included the Howard Roberts Chorale and the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (another Dayton Original). Another proud moment in Roy’s life-long composing achievements was penmanship of the Thomas Edison State College (Trenton, New Jersey) Alma Mater in 1984.

Roy has received numerous awards including the Jamaica Queens New York Jazz Community Award, the New York Manhattan Association of Cabaret Award (MAC Award), and has been considered for a Grammy nomination. In March of 1999, Roy received a Lifetime Achievement to Music Award. Now at 70 years of age, Roy recently returned to his hometown of Dayton to perform at Gilly’s Jazz, a long-time local favorite and another Dayton Original. From all accounts, Roy brought down the packed house, leaving those lucky enough to attend a night to remember. Some of Roy’s greatest performances have been forever captured on video and are available on his YouTube channel. Now living in New York City, Roy continually elicits standing ovations from his audiences. This Dayton Original’s sound is unmistakable and his music is timeless!

One Response to “Roy Meriwether”

  1. Sam Williams
    9 May 2015 at 11:32 am #

    He is a great inventor of the Jazz idioms which include Blues,Gospel, Funk, an Jazz with a sprinkle of Classicle Influences. I’ve followed his music for over 40 years when I first saw him performing in an hotel club on meridian st,Indpls. I’ve adapted my Jazz-church style because of his longtime influence on me. Thanks! Roy. Long live the greatest!