Ona Watson

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Ona Watson is a singer, bandleader and club owner.

Watson grew up in Birmingham and learned to sing as boy. He played trombone for Frank Adams at Parker High School and performed as a fill-in singer at the Cane Break Supper Club when he got off work at the nearby Bohemian Bakery.

After graduating from Paul Quinn College in Dallas, Texas, he joined up with The Commodores and later formed his own band, Champagne. As a bandleader he directed regular performances at the Polaris Lounge at the Hyatt House. He also worked for the United States Postal Service during the day.

Watson opened his own Ona's Music Room jazz club in 1997. He moved the club from The Strip to Pepper Place in December 2010.


  • Reynolds, Ed (March 17, 2011) "The Smoothest Joint in Town". Black & White
  • Clay, Tim (October 27, 2011) "Ona live". Birmingham Weekly

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