Biography – Eric Frazier
Eric Frazier was born in Harlem, New York City. He was raised in Brooklyn, New York in a family of eight children. He ran track and road races for 27 years. His love of the physical culture and creative expression led him to the study of the Conga Drum, Djembe Drum and African Dance.
His recordings exemplify a world of music including Jazz, Swing, BeBop, Salsa, R&B. Calypso and Blues. His CD’s have been a perennial best seller for Tower Records.
Eric hosted his own television talk show called “Cultural Horizons” on Queens Public Access Cable TV in 1998. He has made personal appearances on The Hambone Cable TV show (BCAT), The Camille Yarborough Manhattan Cable TV Show, along with his gifted and talented daughter Du Ewa Frazier (author of “Shedding Light On My Journey’s and CEO of Litnoire Publishing Company www.litnoirepublishing.com), The Jazzy Jazz Show (BCAT-TV), Producer’s Profile (BCAT-TV), Caribbean Soul (BCAT-TV), and BET Jazz Discovery and Bet On Jazz Cable TV shows. Eric is the co-host of WLIU Jazz radio 88.1 FM on BCAT Cable TV channel 57 (Time Warner) and Channel 70 (CableVision). In addition, He has appeared on numerous radio stations across the USA.
Eric has performed in such historic New York venues as the famous Rainbow Room, Madison Square Garden Theater, The Iridium Jazz Club, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and The Apollo Theater. He has performed in great Jazz venues of New York, Chicago, New Jersey, Philadephia, PA, St. Louis, MO, Washington DC , Hartford, CT, Los Angeles, CA, San Diego, CA and numerous Universities and colleges. Some of his festival performances include the: Cape May Jazz Festival, Chicken Bone Beach Jazz Festival, Jazz Improv Festival, NYC, Brooklyn International Film Festival, Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival, International African Arts Festival, Fort Green Park Festival, Metrotech Music Festival, NYC, and numerous others.
His interest in Dance, Music, Theater and Writing are evident in his background. Otis Gould, former Chi-lites drummer and college friend, taught him to play Congas for bands. He learned the Djembe drum from Ibrahim, famous master teacher from The Dance Company of Senegal. Eric was inspired in dance by his brother, the gifted and talented Gary Ellis Frazier, formerly with The Alvin Ailey Dance Company. Eric has performed with such dance groups as Katherine Dunham, Olatunji, Charles Moore, Chief Bey, The International African Ballet, and Varshaa Bardhan and Chandra Baneyei of The
Tanusree Shankar Dance Company of India (Headed by Ananda Shankar, son of the great Ravi Shankar).
Eric was a solo artist for the play “Wemmins of the Dark” at the historic Henry Street Playhouse in Soho, New York City and went on tour in the New York Metropolitan area performing his own poetry for The Rennick Playright Company. He is the author of the following books of poetry: “Family, Friends and You,” “Thought of a black Child” and “Black Gold and You.” Additionally, Eric is the author of numerous scholarly articles, Jazz Columns, publications and letters. He has lectured at numerous colleges and Universities and is available for lectures, workshops and presentations.
Eric has had the pleasure of great artists accompany him in his band and on his recordings, such as Reggie Workman, Robin Kenyatta, Carlos Garnett, Jimmy Ziegler, , Bob Cunningham, T.K. Blue, Lonnie Plaxico, Bill Saxton, Stanley Banks and Danny Mixon. In addition to performing with legends such as Pharaoh Sanders, Jack McDuff, Jimmy McGriff, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Ruben Wilson and Russell Malone his recordings have included the talents of young giants such as Jeremy Pelt, Anthony Wonsey, Wayne Escofery and Maurice Brown.
Max Roach, renown as one of the most legendary Jazz Drummers in history, first heard Eric as a solo artist on October 25, 1998. He was inspired to get on the Mic and tell the audience to savor the moment because they were in the midst of a great conga player.
Eric’s latest CD “In Your Own Time),” is catapulting him to the very top of the music movers and shakers. We are confident that this CD will add enhanced pleasure to your every listening moment.
Eric Frazier’s CD ‘s may be purchased at J&R Music World, NYC, Burnside Distribution Retail stores. www.bdcdistribution.com, www.ericfraziermusic.com, www.cdbaby.com, www.jrrecords.com, www.itunes.com
Eric was educated at the famed “Boys High School in Brooklyn, New York. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in three years at Southern Illinois University, (Carbondale, Illinois) in Black American Studies with minors in Economics and Sociology and Cultures and two Masters degrees and a Doctoral ABD at Columbia University Teachers College in New York City in Education Administration and policy.
Biography of Band
David Lee Jones-Saxes was a grammy award winning artist with the group Digable Planets 1994. He performed with other artists such as Jack McDuff, Phylis Hyman, Melba Moore, Jimmy McGriff, The Dells, The Chi-lites, Regina Carter, Lonnie Plaxico, George Benson, Clark Terry, Roy Ayers, Russell Malone, Stanley Turrentine, Jean Carn, Lenny White, Onaje Allen Gumbs, The Charlie Mingus Big band and many more.
Daniel Asbury Mixon was born in Harlem, New York.
Danny began his artistic expression as a tap dancer.
He was a student of the Ruth Williams Dance Studio and even at the tender age of ten was known as "the show stopper."
Danny attended the High School of Performing Arts with Dance as his major. During an afternoon outing at the Apollo Theater with his grandfather, Danny was inspired by the jazz musicians he heard. It was then that he decided he wanted to play the piano.
At the age of fifteen Danny began piano lessons with Mr. Cecil. However, his most memorable teacher was Roland Hanna.
At 17 years of age, while employed at a fabric company, Danny was invited to play with Sam Brown's band backing Patti Labelle & the Blue Bells in Atlantic City at Reggie's Cocktail Lounge.
He never went back to the fabric business and Danny has never looked back.
By age 19 Danny found himself in Europe with the Muse Quartet under the auspice of Chris White.
Then Danny worked with Art Blakely, next Kenny Durham, then Cecil Payne. His first professional organ gig was with Carlos Garnet at the Baby Grand in Brooklyn.
Soon thereafter, Danny accompanied Big Maybelle at the Blue Coronet. The singer, Danny is most known for accompanying, is Betty Carter.
Danny then worked extensively with Charles Mingus.
He ran the U.S. circuit with Yusef Lateef.
Danny enjoyed a few years with the Lionel Hampton Big Band.
Since Danny was in his 20's he has worked continuously with Frank Foster as a pianist for the Big Band; Frank Foster's Loud Minority, and his quartet - the Non-Electric Company.
Danny appears on many recordings, his most recent being with Hank Crawford on the compact discs. "Tight" and "After Dark".
Danny's most recent CD is "On My Way". He is currently in the studio working on a few projects; his next CD, as well as producing others.v
Stanley Banks - Bass
STANLEY BANKS is a well known commodity in the world of R&B and Jazz movers and shakers. He has worked with most of the important figures in various music genres. He has traveled the world and has been on the end of some the most successful projects that have ever taken place. He is currently the bass player for the great George Benson and has worked with George for over 34 years! A list of Stanley's credits is given below.
1976 Best of George Benson [Warner Brothers] George Benson Bass
1976 Best of George Benson: The Instrumentals George Benson Bass
1976 Breezin' George Benson Bass
1976 In Flight George Benson Bass
1977 Funk in a Mason Jar Harvey Mason Bass
1977 Livin' Inside Your Love George Benson Bass
1977 Weekend in L.A. George Benson Bass
1978 Listen Up! Jorge Dalto Guitar, Guitar (Bass)
1981 George Benson Collection George Benson Bass
1982 Flat-Picking Spectacular Joe Maphis
1987 After Dark Cruzados Bass
1992 More Communication, Vol. 1 Ipso Facto Producer, Mixing
1994 Feel the Spirit Spirit of Life Ensemble Bass (Electric)
1995 My Temptation Vivian Williams
1996 Tight Hank Crawford Bass
1996 Zim Zam Zoom: Acid Blues on B-3 Ron Levy Guitar (Bass)
1998 After Dark Hank Crawford Bass
1998 Best of Smooth Jazz, Vol. 2 Various Artists Bass
1998 Best of Smooth Jazz, Vol. 4 Various Artists Bass
1998 Blues Behind Closed Doors John Primer Keyboards
1998 Blues Organ Grooves Various Artists Bass
1998 Greaze Is What's Good Ron Levy's Wild Kingdom Bass
1999 Jazz Giants Play Sammy Cahn: It's Magic Various Artists Bass
2000 Every Little Dream Claire Cloud & Rusty Cloud Bass (Electric)
2000 George Benson Anthology George Benson Bass
2000 World of Hank Crawford Hank Crawford Bass
2001 Breezin' [Bonus Tracks] George Benson Bass
2001 Breezin' [DVA Bonus Tracks] George Benson Bass, Interviewee
2002 What You Hear Is What You Get Melvin Sparks Band
2003 Blue Steel: A Tribute to Elmore James John Primer Keyboards
2003 Greatest Hits of All George Benson Bass
2003 Man Behind the Music [4-CD Longbox Set] Claus Ogerman Bass
2003 Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: Godfathers and So Original Soundtrack Keyboards
2004 Very Best of George Benson: The Greatest Hits of All George Benson Bass
2005 Best of George Benson Live George Benson Bass
2005 Number 1 Jazz Vocal Album Various Artists Bass
2006 Essential George Benson George Benson Bass
2006 In Your Own Time Eric Frazier Bass
2006 Jazz Improv Companion CD, Vol. 7 No. 1: Blue Various Artists Bass
2007 Old School Koko Taylor Piano
2007 Jazz Improv Companion CD Jazz Improv Convention & Festival
Live from Montreux George Benson Bass
Sonya Sonya Robinson Bass
Jeremy Pelt arrived in New York in 1998 after graduating from Berklee College of Music. Once he got there it wasn’t long before he started being noticed by a lot of top musicians in the city. His first professional Jazz gig was playing with the Mingus Big Band. That gig lead to many long lasting associations with many of the talent in the band, and a great opportunity for growth. Since his arrival , he has been fortunate enough to play with many of today’s and yesterdays Jazz luminaries, such as Jimmy Heath, Frank Wess, Charlie Parsip, Keter Betts, Frank Foster, John Hicks, Ravi Coltrane, Wynard Harper, Vincent Herring, Ralph Peterson, Lonnie Plaxico, Cliff Barbaro, Nancy Wilson, Bobby Short, Bobby “Blue” Bland, The Skatalites, Cedar Walton, Eric Frazier and many, many more. Jeremy has also been featured in a variety of different bands, including The Roy Hargrove Big Band, The Village Vanguard Orchestra and The Duke Ellington Big Band. Currently he is a member of the Lewis Nash Septet and the Cannonbal Adderly Legacy Band featuring Louis Hayes.
Shock Value: Live at Smoke, Jeremy Pelt & WiRED, MAXJAZZ
September 24, 2007
Always Here, Danny Kirkhum, Kirkhum Music 2007, Rhythms of the Sea,
Earth Jazz Agents, Wyland Records 2007, Live at the Zinc Bar NYC,
Lonnie Plaxico Group, Plaxmusic 2007, Red Soil in My Eyes’ SOMI
World Village Records 2007
Detroit, Gerald Cleaver, Fresh Sound New Talent 2007
Keepin’ it open, Roni Ben-Hur, Motema music 2007
In Your Own Time, Eric Frazier, Eric Frazier productions 2006
Political Blues, World Saxophone Quartet, Justin Time rec. June 2006
True Life Stories, Jimmy Greene, Criss Cross rec. May 2006
Ends and Means,Vincent Herring, High Note rec. March 2006
Find Yourself (Then Find Me), Eric Frazier, Eric Frazier productions 2005
Just the Beginning, Julius Tolentino, Sharp 9 rec. November 2005
By Myself: The Songs of Judy Garland, Linda Eder, Atlantic,October 4, 2005
Identity, Jeremy Pelt, MAXJAZZ, July 19, 2005
I Am Three, Mingus Big Band, Dreyfus Rec. June 2005
Vintage, Kathy Kosins, Mahogany Jazz, April 2005
Untitled, Joan Stiles, Zoho Rec. 2006
In My Time, Gerald Wilson, Mack Avenue 2005
Serene Renegade, René Marie, MAXJAZZ 9/2004
Serendipity, Jure Pukl, Sensor Rec. 2004
Homage, James Moody, Savoy Jazz 1/2004
Intuition, Wayne Escoffery, Nagel Hayer 4/2004
Mr.Wizard, Vincent Herring, High Note 4/27/2004
Close to My Heart, Jeremy Pelt, MAXJAZZ, September 23, 2003
The Test of Time, Ralph Peterson, Criss Cross fall 2003
Rhythm and Soul, Lonnie Plaxico, Sirroco 2003
All Too Real, Vincent Herring, High Note spring 2003
Brotherhood, Marcus Strickland, Fresh Sound New Talent spring 2003
Alegria, Wayne Shorter, Verve March 25, 2003
They Say It's Wonderful, Charito, CT music (Japan) 2/24/03
Welcome to New Life, Kendrick Oliver, Sphere Entertainment 2/27/03
Insight, Jeremy Pelt, Criss Cross, January 23, 2003
We do things diff'rent!, Frank Foster, Mapleshade January, 2003
Untitled, Jeff Ray, HipNotic records January, 2003
Subliminal Seduction, Ralph Peterson, Criss Cross, September, 2002
Pharoah's Children, JD Allen, Criss Cross September, 2002
Tonight at noon... Three or Four Shades of Love, Mingus Big Band, Dreyfus,
Jazz, April 2002
Profile, Jeremy Pelt, Fresh Sound, March 2002
We Got It, Matt Ray, CAP Records 2002
African Lake, Jarek Smietana/Gary Bartz, Starling S.A. 2002
People Music, Dion Parson, Tahmun Records 2001
Vertigo, René Marie, MaxJazz, September 18, 2001
Art of War, Ralph Peterson Quintet, Criss Cross September, 2001
Dreamin' of Cannonball, Louis Hayes/Vincent Herring, TCB September, 2001
Class of 2001, On the Loose, Sharp 9 August, 2001
Mélange, Lonnie Plaxico, Blue Note August, 2001
KUDU, KUDU, Velour Records, March 28, 2001
Doin' Something, Soulive, Blue Note, March 13, 2001
Smile Inside Your Soul, Eric Frazier, Eric Frazier Productions, January 16, 2000
Maurice Brown -Trumpet
“Maurice Brown is one of the most exciting young trumpeters in jazz—be it New Orleans or New York. His improvisations are fresh, his chops dynamic and he’s writing what could very well become a new generation of hard-bop-meets-new-grooves standards,” wrote Jason Koransky, editor for DownBeat Magazine.
Born on January 6, 1981, in the south suburb of Chicago—Harvey, Illinois—Maurice grew up with avid music lovers, Charles and Charlotte. Showing a remarkable affinity for the trumpet at an early age, Brown was invited to perform with composer/pianist Ramsey Lewis at the Symphony Center in Chicago while still attending Hillcrest High School. Following graduation, he was awarded a full music scholarship at Northern Illinois University.
In 2001 Brown won first place in the National Miles Davis Trumpet Competition. He later continued his studies at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he worked with famed clarinetist, educator and mentor, Alvin Batiste. Brown relocated to New Orleans shortly thereafter, and within a year was invited to headline weekly at the premiere jazz club, Snug Harbor. And consider this—the only other names that hold down a coveted weekly spot at Snug are Marsalis and Neville.
Maurice has played with numerous jazz veterans, including Clark Terry, Johnny Griffin, Ellis Marsalis, Louis Hayes, Wynton Marsalis, Von Freeman, Dr. Nathan Davis, Patrice Rushen, Billy Cobbham, Dr. Billy Taylor, Mulgrew Miller, Lonnie Plaxico, and others. Legendary trumpeter, Clark Terry said, "Brownie is the young trumpeter to watch for sure. I see young cats all over the world and Maurice has it.” He has also recorded with many artists, including Curtis Fuller, Fred Anderson, Roy Hargrove, Michelle Carr, and Ernest Dawkins, among many others.
In 2004, Maurice self-produced his debut album, Hip to Bop which hit the airwaves as the number one add in its first week and has been steadily gaining international attention ever since. Released on his own label, Brown Records, Maurice says, “Hip to Bop reflects my music itself. I try to make sure everything is swinging and you can really move to it—that hip-hop groove feel.” Hip to Bop breaks down the generational divide by bringing jazz into the present with fresh sounds while staying true to hard bop roots. Audiences young and old, from California to New York, and around the world are feelin’ Hip to Bop.
After Hurricane Katrina, Maurice relocated to New York City and became an instant household name on the scene. He’s been featured at Dizzy’s Coca Cola Room, Jazz Standard, Iridium Jazz Club, and other top music clubs. The Maurice Brown Quintet appears in music venues internationally and locally. He also continues to appear regularly with his hip-hop/funk combo, Soul'd U Out. Currently, he is scoring the film, "House of Malik."
An equally masterful trumpeter, composer, producer and bandleader at just 25 years old, Maurice Brown is sure to make an influential mark on jazz and the world beyond for many years to come. As trumpeter/composer Terence Blanchard stated, "Maurice Brown is one of the most talented of his generation. He has the vision to bring a new voice, not only to his instrument, but to jazz in general.” And that’s exactly what he’s doing.
Alvin Atkinson - Drums
Alvin R. Atkinson, Jr. (drums) grew up singing and playing music alongside his parents who were the directors of the gospel choir at their church. A drum student at age 8, he was content to play gospel music until by chance he heard a Stan Getz and Elvin Jones recording and by his own admission was "hooked on jazz." The Marsalis brothers encouraged him to play jazz and now he balances a very demanding career as a performer and an educator.
Recent highlights include: 2006 selected to participate in The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad Program (sponsored by Jazz at Lincoln Center) featuring Alvin Atkinson and The Sound Merchants; 2005 Vail Colorado Jazz Festival, Drummers Wall of Fame in Vail, CO, Jazz Winnipeg Festival and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) Live Jazz Concert Series; 2004 Jazz Ambassador-tour of Africa and South America sponsored by the Kennedy Center and the U.S. State Department; 2002 performed at the White House for President George W. Bush, house drummer for the 2002-2003 season of the Emeril Live television show on the Food Network Channel, Harlem National Tour with the Kennedy Center, a movie score with Freddie Cole entitled A Tale of Two Pizzas; and performed with Wycliffe Gordon on the 1925 Paul Robeson film Body and Soul commissioned by Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Alvin tours throughout the US and abroad with his group, The Sound Merchants and with other artists like Tom Browne, Mo' Jamaica Funk, 1996-2001 and Grammy nominated Nnenna Freelon, Soul Call tour, 2001. He created sound effects for the theatrical production of Red Badge of Courage at the Kennedy Center, 2002. In 2005, he participated in Jazz at Lincoln Center's workshop with Paquito D'Rivera and their Jazz in Schools tour.
Alvin served as the Visiting Professor of Drum-set Studies at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada teaching Jazz ensemble, vocal rhythm seminar and private lessons during the 2004-2005 school year. Prior to that, he served as Professor of Drum-set Studies for University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Alvin currently teaches Jazz Language and Rhythm Studies at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Middle School Jazz Academy, and he teaches private lessons and serves on the audition committee and the sophomore jury committee at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City.
Alvin has been featured in concert and has recorded with various artists such as: Freddy Redd, Benny Powell, Benny Green, Ellis Marsalis, Jimmy Heath, Barry Harris, Roy Hargrove, Donald Brown, Steve Wilson, T.K. Blue, Russell Malone, Eric Reed, Fred Wesley, Mark Elf, Houston Person, Curtis Fuller, Branford Marsalis, Ray Codrington, Eve Cornelious, Charlie Byrd, Oscar Brown, Jr., Ernie Andrews, Frank Wess, Johnny O'Neil, James Carter, Cecil Bridgewater, Reggy Workman, Harold Ousley, Luciana Souza, Miguel Zenon, Luis Perdomo, Steve Turre, Vanessa Rubin and Wycliffe Gordon.
Alvin Atkinson, Jr. is available for concert and festival dates as both a leader and sideman. He is also available for workshops, lectures, music therapy, demonstrations on all facets of jazz, and he has developed an interactive workshop entitled "The Drummer Speaks." He can be reached by phone at (646) 456-5876, and by email at HarlemRA@yahoo.com.
Luis Arona – Latin Bass
Luis started playing guitar at the age of six. Luis’ dad started him playing an electric hand bass, which was made by his dad when he was twelve years old. He attended the original Third Street Music School at that time. Luis played throughout his school career under the tutelage of Ramon Rodriguez. He also studied at Boys Harbor Conservatory of Performing Arts. Luis started playing nightclubs at the age of twelve. His dad monitored him because he was under age.
He played with the following bands:
Orchestra La Liberta in Town Hall in NYC 1971, Conjunto Tropical, Jose Luis Rodriguez and his Orchestra, The Brothers Hernandez, Nelson Luna and the Lunaticos, La Constelacion, Luis Arona and Majestic Funk, Luis Arona and Conjunto Oro, Orchestra Yambu, Luis Ayala and Conjunto Adicu, Conjunto Imagen, Ralph Diaz and his Orchestra, Cuco Valoy, Son Boriqua, Jose Farjardo Y Sus Estrella’s, Eddie Garcia and his Orchestra, Hector Cassanova Y Montuno, Chico Alvarez, La Excellencia, and Eric Frazier.
“Yambu Brew” Orchestra Yambu 1980, “Widow’s Ghost” 1991, “Jose Pena Y Su Conjunto” 2005, “In Your Own Time” Eric Frazier 2007, “Willie Y Su Orchestra” 2007,
The True Story Of Hector Lavoe
Quintin Franklin - Bass
Brooklyn, New York 11238 Cell (718) 510-4145
Musical Instruments: Acoustic and Electric Bass
Musical Theater: New York Dance Institute
Hunter College Dance Company
Dorsett Theater Festival,Vermont
The Jazz Club, 1991
Musical Production of
Thunder Knocking on the Door
Center Stage, Baltimore, MD
Alabama Shakespeare Festival
St. Louis Repertory Theater
Ain’t Misbehavin’, 1986
Bubblin’ Brown Sugar, 1984
Broadway Production: Bring In Da Noise, Bring In Da Funk
Performance: Quintin has performed throughout the United States as well as internationally with renowned artists such as Eric Frazier, Bernard "Pretty" Purdie, Savion Glover, Ruth Brown, James Spaulding, Hamiet Bluiett, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, The Three Irish Tenors, Leon Thomas, Pepper Adams, Walter Perkins, Ted Curson, Cecil Payne, Charlie Persip Big Band, Bross Townsend, Wallace Roney, Carlos Garnett Quartet and with most of the young talents on the scene presently.
Born and raised on Chicago's south-side, Chris Rob was first introduced to music at age 4 by his mother, a renowned classical pianist. Today a respected singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist, he's created an international following due to his musical genius, and captivating live performances.
In just a few years after relocating to New York, Chris Rob worked his way to musical director, keyboardist and back-up vocalist for the best in popular music. He recently served these roles for R & B vocalist John Legend on his Grammy-Award winning "Get Lifted Tour", and can be seen highlighted throughout the "John Legend: Live at The House of Blues" DVD released last year. Chris Rob has also worked closely in the studio with hip-hop heavyweights Lauryn Hill and Kanye West, as well as producers Swiss Beatz, DJ Spinna, Devo Springsteen, Emile, and soul vocalist Leon Ware, the legendary co-writer for Marvin Gaye. His most recent efforts includes Legend's single 'Stereo' , The Polyrhythm Addict's 'Ugly World', and DJ Spinna's remix of the late James Brown's forthcoming release 'Gutbucket'.
His stage credits as a backing musician and opening act include: Stevie Wonder, Prince & the New Power Generation, Elton John, Snoop Dogg, John Mayer, Ashford & Simpson, Jill Scott, The Black Eyed Peas, Alicia Keys, Barry Manilow, Roberta Flack, Common, The Polyrhythm Addicts, and Michelle N'degeocello. He's also appeared on the 2006 Grammy Awards, Oprah, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and The Ellen Degeneres Show.
As a New York resident, Chris Rob has headlined at the city's hottest venues for established artists including: The Blue Note, Joe's Pub, The Cutting Room, and S.O.B's. His inspirations range from James Brown, Eric B. & Rakim, Nina Simone, The Police, Herbie Hancock, and Marvin Gaye to more current artists such as Prince, Nas, Jamaroqaui, D'Angelo, and Maroon Five. He describes his music as "a futuristic fusion of dance-floor funk, doo-wop soul and hip-hop, with a touch of true jazz."
Armed with a degree in Music Business from Roosevelt University, his unique sound, passion and aptitude for music continue to reflect his experience and training. "I want to make the biggest impact possible," says Chris Rob. "I want to bring back the feel good energy of old school R&B & Hip-Hop, and make music that brings people together."
To check out Chris Rob's infectious, soulful vibe, pick-up his current CD project The Official Bootleg of Chris Rob, Vol. 1, available at www.chrisrobonline.com, I-Tunes, and CD Baby.com.
• "The Official Bootleg of Chris Rob, Vol. 1" (artist, all vocals, all instruments, production) released on internet in seventy countries including areas US, UK, France, Spain, India, South Africa
• "Stereo" John Legend (keyboards) debuted on "Once Again"released internationally
• "If I Have To Change" Stephanie Cook- remix with DJ Spinna-(keyboards, soloist) released US, UK 12 Inch dance single
• "Son'e Ka La" Jaques-Schwarz Bart- remix with DJ Spinna (keyboards) released US, UK 12 Inch dance single
• Free Magazine Compilation feat. "Said You'd Never Leave Me"(artist) released US, UK, South Africa
• "Lost Love" DJ Anthony Nicholson (lead vocalist, keyboardist) released US, UK, Japan 12 inch dance single
• "Maximus" DJ Anthony Nicholson (keyboardist) released US, UK, Japan 12 inch dance single
• "Life Starts Today" DJ Ian Friday featuring Byron Moore (soloist) released US, UK
• "Too Much" Maya Azucena (keyboardist, songwriter) debuted on "Maya Who?!" LP/ 12 Inch dance single (currently on rotation on BET)
Eric Frazier : Vocals, Congas, Percussion, Song Lyrics
David Lee Jones - Alto Sax
Danny Mixon - Piano
Jeremy Pelt - Trumpet
Maurice Brown - Trumpet
Stanley Banks - Bass
Luis Arona- Bass
Alvin Atkinson - Drums
"Count Your Blessings" released Oct. 1996
"Smile Inside Your Soul" released Aug. 2000
"The Eric Frazier Quintet Live at The Knitting Factory" released Sep. 2003
"Find Yourself (Then Find Me)" released Aug. 2004
"In Your Own Time" released June 2006
"The Eric Frazier Quintet Live at Humphrey's by The Bay" released March 2008
"The Eric Frazier Quintet Live at Cecils Volume 1" released June 2009
"The Eric Frazier Quintet Live at Cecils Volume 2" released June 2009
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Appearances on other recordings:
"Life of a Superstar" by Pamela McPherson-Cornelius 2007
Eric Frazier-Composer "It's all Love" Track 3
"A Taste of Honey" By Neil Woodard 2006
Eric Frazier -Congas-Tracks 1,2,3,6,10
Bebopbraineez DVD, Children's Jazzy DVD Series, 2008 http://www.bebopbraineez.com/index.html
"Da Stuy" DVD movie written by Joseph Grant 2006
Features the Music of Eric frazier
iNTERVIEW WITH ERIC FRAZIER, BY MONTE ADKISON "THE BLUES STALKER"
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iNTERVIEW WITH ERIC FRAZIER, BY MONTE ADKISON "THE BLUES STALKER" Percussionist and vocalist Eric ...iNTERVIEW WITH ERIC FRAZIER, BY MONTE ADKISON "THE BLUES STALKER"
Percussionist and vocalist Eric Frazier can't be pigeon-holed strictly as a blues artist but his mix of jazzy blues and Latin rhythms is a refreshing breath of air on today's music scene. His latest CD, "In Your Own Time", is all original compositions released in August 2006 and showcases his versatile musical talents.
Blues Stalker: You were born in Harlem and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Can you give us a brief biography?
Eric Frazier: Yes, I began my career as an educator and former school Principal and was eventually transformed into a Jazz recording artist and performer. Some of the wonderful people who have recorded and performed with me include: Reggie Workman, Carlos Garnett, Stanley Banks (George Benson), Jimmy Ziegler, Danny Mixon, Jeremy Pelt, Bill Saxton and Wayne Escofery. My recordings continued to sell as the number of engagements increased; as a result, today, I am manufacturing and recording CD'S and DVD'S for artists, TV, and special events. There is an abundance of detail connected to the comments above. Please visit www.ericfraziermusic.com
B.S.: How did you get into the study of the Conga drum and Djembe drum? What other types of drums do you play?
E.F.: My interests in congas first began when I use to watch shows put on at Nathan Hale Junior High School 6 in downtown Brooklyn. There was a Caribbean combo of about 6 kids my age playing the congas. It was great and I was hooked at first sight! I began studying the drum at Southern Illinois University; informally, through doing gigs with instructors and dance groups. I play basically, hand drums, percussion and some traditional drums with sticks.
B.S.: I have never interviewed a percussionist who composes also. How does that work?
E.F.: Great that you asked! I hum or sing melodies and supporting instrumental parts into a tape and then have the tape transcribed into musical notation. You will never run out of tunes once you begin making up your own music.
B.S.: I read somewhere that you write your music to appeal to people who dance. That is an interesting approach. How has it worked for you? I know the first time I listened to your music that I wanted to get up and dance but I was driving down the road at the time.
E.F.: To have people dancing works well where venues have a cabaret license. Unfortunately most blues and Jazz clubs do not. The direction we need to seek is where people can dance. Jazz & blues was in its' heyday when thousands of people danced in the ballrooms and dance halls. Record companies changed that when they started hoarding artists into the recording studious. Jazz became the music of listeners, small jazz venues popped up everywhere, market sales went down, and the generation gap grew wider. Dancing became a phenomenon of the young, obesity over took our culture and other genres of music began to out sell Blues and Jazz.
B.S.: You have performed in many historic venues and with many noted musicians as well as dance groups. Care to name some of these?
E.F.: I've performed in such historic New York venues as the famous Rainbow Room, Madison Square Garden Theater, The Iridium Jazz Club, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and The Apollo Theater. He has performed in great Jazz venues of New York, Chicago, New Jersey, Philadelphia, PA, St. Louis, MO, Washington DC, Hartford, CT, Los Angeles, CA, San Diego, CA and numerous Universities and colleges. Some festival performances include the: Cape May Jazz Festival, Chicken Bone Beach Jazz Festival, Jazz Improv Festival, NYC, Brooklyn International Film Festival, Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival, International African Arts Festival, Fort Green Park Festival, Metrotech Music Festival, NYC, and numerous others.
I've performed with such dance groups as Katherine Dunham, Olatunji, Charles Moore, Chief Bey, The International African Ballet, and Varshaa Bardhan and Chandra Baneyei of The Tanusree Shankar Dance Company of India (Headed by Ananda Shankar, son of the great Ravi Shankar).
I have had the pleasure of great artists accompany me in my band and on my recordings, such as Reggie Workman, Robin Kenyatta, Carlos Garnett, Jimmy Ziegler, Jimmy McGriff, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Ruben Wilson, Russell Malone, Bob Cunningham, Bill Saxton, Stanley Banks and Danny Mixon. In addition to performing with legends such as Pharaoh Sanders and Jack McDuff, my recordings have included the talents of young giants such as Jeremy Pelt, Anthony Wonsey, Wayne Escofery and Maurice Brown.
B.S.: You're a poet too, correct?
E.F.: I was a solo artist for the play "Wemmins of the Dark" at the historic Henry Street Playhouse in Soho, New York City and went on tour in the New York Metropolitan area performing my own poetry for The Rennick Playwright Company. I am the author of the following books of poetry: "Family, Friends and You," "Thought of a black Child" and "Black Gold and You."
B.S.: Your sidemen on "In Your Own Time" are outstanding. Tell us about them.
E.F.: Yes, Danny Mixon on piano worked with Art Blakey, Cecil Payne, Kenny Durham, Big Maybelle, Charlie Mingus, Yusef Lateef, Lionel Hampton, Hank Crawford, Frank Foster and many years with Betty Carter. Stanley Banks has played bass over 34 years with George Benson. Jeremy Pelt, on trumpet has played with Jimmy Heath, Frank Wess, Charlie Parsip, Keter Betts, Frank Foster, John Hicks, Ravi Coltrane, Wynard Harper, Vincent Herring, Ralph Peterson, Lonnie Plaxico, Cliff Barbaro, Nancy Wilson, Bobby Short, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Cedar Walton The Charlie Mingus band, the Duke Ellington Band and The Louis Nash septet and the Cannon Ball Adderly Legacy band. David Lee Jones-was a Grammy award-winning artist with the group Digable Planets 1994. He performed with other artists such as Jack McDuff, Phyllis Hyman, Melba Moore, Jimmy McGriff, The Dells, The Chi-lites, Regina Carter, Lonnie Plaxico, George Benson, Clark Terry, Roy Ayers, Russell Malone, Stanley Turrentine, Jean Carn, Lenny White, Onaje Allen Gumbs, The Charlie Mingus Big band and many more.
Maurice Brown-trumpet has performed with Nathan Davis, Patrice Rushen, Billy Cobbham, Dr. Billy Taylor, Mulgrew Miller, Lonnie Plaxico, Terry Blanchard and Clark Terry just to name a few. Alvin Atkins-drums Freddy Redd, Benny Powell, Benny Green, Ellis Marsalis, Jimmy Heath, Barry Harris, Roy Hargrove, Donald Brown, Steve Wilson, T.K. Blue, Russell Malone, Eric Reed, Fred Wesley, Mark Elf, Houston Person, Curtis Fuller, Branford Marsalis, Ray Codrington, Eve Cornelius, Charlie Byrd, Oscar Brown, Jr., Ernie Andrews, Frank Wess, Johnny O'Neil, James Carter, Cecil Bridgewater, Reggie Workman, and Harold Ousley. Luis Arona-Latin bass performed with Luciana Souza, Miguel Zenon, Luis Perdomo, Steve Turre, Vanessa Rubin and Wycliffe Gordon. Luis Arona has performed with the following bands: Orchestra La Liberta in Town Hall in NYC 1971, Conjunto Tropical, Jose Luis Rodriguez and his Orchestra, The Brothers Hernandez, Nelson Luna and the Lunaticos, La Constelacion, and Majestic Funk, Luis Arona and Conjunto Oro, Orchestra Yambu, Luis Ayala and Conjunto Adicu, Conjunto Imagen, Ralph Diaz and his Orchestra, Cuco Valoy, Son Boriqua, Jose Farjardo Y Sus Estrella's, Eddie Garcia and his Orchestra, Hector Cassanova y Montuno, Chico Alvarez and La Excellencia.
B.S.: Who have been your major musical influences? Who is in your iPOD now that you are listening to?
E.F.: I listen to Lonnie Liston Smith's greatest hits almost everyday. Others I listen to include Dinah Washington, John Coltrane, Fela Kuti, Eddie Palmeri, King Pleasure, Nicole Henry, Maggie Brown, Aaron Neville, Isaac Hayes, Amy Winehouse, Frank Sinatra, Max Roach, BB King, Bobby Blue Bland, Bob Marley, Carlos Garnett, Dizzy Gillespie, Charley Parker, Ella Fitzerald, Hilton Ruiz, Stanley Turrentine, Miles Davis, Jackie McClean just to scratch the surface. I have almost 6000 tunes in my Ipod.
B.S.: Eric, have you ever toured in Europe? Do you have a fan base there?
E.F.: I have a fan base in Europe I am working on my first European tour as we speak.
B.S.: You have a website, right? Have can fans listen to and/or buy your music?
E.F.: Yes, my website is www.ericfraziermusic.com Fans can listen to tracks and purchase CD's and tracks.
B.S.: As an educator, do you work with any youth or community groups to promote appreciation of music and dance? Do you teach drums?
E.F.: Yes, I do all of the above. I've written articles on getting music into the schools, given lecture presentations for college students, workshops for elementary and middle school students and staff presentations for inculcating the arts across the disciplines. I was formerly a school principal. I am retired. I fill my time with recording, performing and managing my business which manufactures CD's and DVD's for artists, TV show hosts and individuals producing special events. Additionally, I do printing services for all occasions. This information is found my website.
B.S.: What new projects do you have in the works since the release of your latest CD?
E.F.: My next CD is entitled The Eric Frazier Quintet Live at Cecil's Jazz Club. It will be released this spring. I currently have 6 CD's out now. They are all originals because I believed that if I were going to produce music it would be my own. I will be doing Jazz Classics for the first time in my career on this upcoming CD. It was recorded before a live audience. It's the best of my live CD's. Well, I won't tip my hat now. Stay tuned.
Thanks, Eric, for the great refreshing rhythms. Tracks 4 and 8 fall into the blues genre but please give a listen to all.
Eric Frazier at Rustik: Not Your Average Tuesday Night in Brooklyn
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Eric Frazier at Rustik: Not Your Average Tuesday Night in Brooklyn Rustik Tavern 471 Dekalb Aven...Eric Frazier at Rustik: Not Your Average Tuesday Night in Brooklyn
471 Dekalb Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11205
Tuesday, August 11, 2008
On Tuesday, August 11th at 8pm, a crowd of music lovers, neighbors and musicians gathered for the weekly jam session and open mic hosted by jazz percussionist, singer, songwriter and producer Eric Frazier. The Brooklyn native and bandleader, Eric Frazier hosted an evening of singers, songwriters and poets stepping up to jam with Frazier's band of notable jazz musicians. If you closed your eyes, you just might believe you were in 1950's Harlem at a popular music spot, listening to the big band of the day. Frazier crooned with his band, giving the listeners song selections such as “Pennies From Heaven", and “A Train." Frazier knew how to enliven the venue during his percussion solos and scatting while he sang. Other classic jazz tunes played by Frazier's band included: “Sugar" by Stanley Turrentine, “All Blues" by Miles Davis, and “Impressions" by John Coltrane.
Members of the band were: Eric Frazier (vocals, congas, and percussion), Paul Von Thadden (piano), Drake Colley (alto saxophone), Lon Ivey (drums), Wayne Jeffrey (guitar), Enrique Guerrero (soprano Saxophone) and Gene Torres (bass guitar). Every few minutes, new musicians were coming in to take the stage, even for just one song. The sounds of people talking, laughing, clapping and praising the musicians could be heard. Although there were plenty of tables and chairs, including seating at the bar, many chose to stand as close to the stage as they could to experience the musical vibes and high energy of the performers.
The open mic talent was steady throughout the night. Singer, Silver Fox, a distinguished looking, gray haired gentleman sang, “You Got Me Running." Kym Hampton, a gifted singer and ex-WNBA player (New York Liberty), hit the high notes on songs “Our Love Is Here to Stay" and “My Funny Valentine." Paul Mancuso, though shy at first, found his stride and offered, “Cherish." Aronda Wade was lively; wearing an orange outfit as she gave a spunky rendition of “Night and Day," Alicia Morissey gave wonderful renditions of “Angel Eyes, and Corcovado." Cynthia Holiday brought the house down with her version of “Teach Me Tonight." And several other singers from all over Brooklyn and other boroughs came out for their chance to sing before a packed house, accompanied by the band. Highlights of the evening included Frazier's band paying tribute to the late great singer, Isaac Hayes when they played an extended jazz funk version of Hayes' theme song from the movie “Shaft" and, George Benson's bass guitarist, Stanley Banks took the stage to jam with the band on Benson's song “Masquerade." Banks also features on Frazier's latest CD, “In Your Own Time."
Yvonne Cummings, a Brooklyn native explained why she attends the open mic jam with Eric Frazier every Tuesday. “I come for the music. What this reminds me of is a time when musicians went to the clubs late at night and played with legendary musicians. Here, you just never know who's going to show up. The musicians just come in to have fun and play for one another." George Johnson, also a Brooklyn native remarked, “It's like a family affair. Twenty to thirty musicians, top entertainers, amateurs and poets come through here just to have a good time. It's the best atmosphere. If you can just hum a tune, it's good." The evening ended around midnight and it was clear that no one wanted to go home. Eric Frazier and his band gave the Brooklyn community a night of big band sounds reminiscent of a legendary era in jazz history.
Southbound Beat Magazine
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The wonderful thing about music is that it can evoke, convey or confirm any thoughts or emotions we ...The wonderful thing about music is that it can evoke, convey or confirm any thoughts or emotions we care to imagine. We can praise God, worship the devil, shout at the moon, or bask in the sun. What a wonderful thing, this entity which we call music!
Eric Frazier has gathered an ensemble of journeymen jazz musicians to create a recording that is a pleasure to hear. Whether you are feeling blue and need something to raise your spirits, or if you need the right tunes to keep your good time going, “In Your Own Time” will certainly fit the bill.
Smooth jazz, with the emphasis on percussion. There are nothing like conga drums and trumpets to put a smile on one’s face and a rhythm in the step to even the most uncoordinated person. Eric’s congas, lyrics and vocals set the mood. Alvin Atkinson’s drums, Danny Mixon on piano and David Lee Jones provide the foundation. Jeremy Pelt and Maurice Brown take their turn on trumpet. Stanley Banks provides the bass, with a respite on two tracks by Luis Arona.
The result is a disc that you can put on at a party and be confident that you have set the perfect mood for your guests to dance, converse, or just sit back and chill.
The only flaw in this recording is the amount of time devoted to Frazier’s vocals. Eric Frazier has a beautiful voice. His smooth lyrics and sly vocals are a welcome change from the Rap and Hip Hop we have all come to endure. It would have been nice to hear more of his fine vocals.
Smooth percussion jazz with soft, clever vocals. Think about that “In Your Own Time” and then check out Eric Frazier at his site:
Jazz Improv Magazine
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In Your Own Time explores a wide variety of styles and feels. The tunes are original and fresh sound...In Your Own Time explores a wide variety of styles and feels. The tunes are original and fresh sounding. The playing is phenomenal. Eric Frazier is a most talented musician. A fine singer, wonderful composer and groovy percussionist, I am again left wondering where his musical talents cease—or if they do..... This is not a CD to be missed
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If you've never heard of Eric Frazier before, In Your Own Time, is one heck of a way to get acquain...If you've never heard of Eric Frazier before, In Your Own Time, is
one heck of a way to get acquainted. Percussionist and vocalist
Frazier releases his latest production of originals encompassing a
blend of R&B, Latin Jazz, salsa and a selection of straight jazz and
bluesy rhythms. Originating from the "Big Apple," Frazier records
this CD with a host of New York musicians that deliver an
outstanding performance. Among his group are David Lee Jones (alto),
Danny Mixon (piano), Jeremy Pelt and Maurice Brown (trumpets) and a
very fine rhythm section.
The opening piece is a predictable percussive tune "Feeling So
Unnecessary" with the leader in fine form. Pianist Mixon introduces
the next jumping track entitled "The Jazz Spot" containing excellent
solo expressions by altoist Jones, Pelt on trumpet, Mixon and
Frazier on vocals. "Que Tanga Un Buendia" is a delicious salsa with
heavy conga and drums in backup support to enticing vocals. Another
south of the border number is "Celia," a terrific Latin jazz score
with expressive phrasings by the leader on congas.
The music turns mellow on the smooth vocals of "Here To Stay" and
reverts to its jazzy core on the impressive and jazzy "I'm
An entertaining and enjoyable mix of jazzy blues and Latin flavored
charts all wrapped up in one nice neat package. Offering a variety
of tasteful musical styles presented by an engaging ensemble, Eric
Frazier's In Your Own Time is guaranteed to give you more than one
time of musical pleasure.
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Eric Frazier is a percussionist. But he is a lot more. He has hosted his own television show and has...Eric Frazier is a percussionist. But he is a lot more. He has hosted his own television show and has performed with such greats as Reggie Workman, Pharoah Sanders and Jack McDuff. He has also recorded some dynamic albums. His latest effort is called In Your Own Time.
All of the tracks on the album were composed by Eric. He also wrote the lyrics to the songs that have vocals. The album was self produced and recorded. The distribution of the album is being handled by North Country Distributors.
There is some great talent helping Eric on the album. David Lee Jones is on alto sax. Danny Mixon plays the piano an Alvin Atkinson is on drums. Johnny Pelt plays trumpet on four of the tracks and Maurice Brown on the other five. Stanley Banks plays bass on seven of the tracks and Luis Arona plays on the other two. Rick Wayacan does the percussion on one song. Christopher Robinson does backing vocals on three of the tracks. As for Eric, he is on percussion and provides the lead vocals.
The first track is a bopping, body swaying tune called Feeling So Unnecessary. There is some killer trumpet out in front of the song. The groove keeps coming all through the song. Eric's percussion and the piano is too cool to describe.
The second song is The Jazz Spot. Eric sings here about a swinging club called the Jazz Spot. As there was trumpet in the first song, this one features a real sweet sax solo.
For the third song, there is a moving Latin piece called Que Tanga Un Buendia. Cool bongos, hot trumpet, scorching sax and decent vocals are what this song is all about.
Things move towards a classic jazz mode with I'm Impressed. Eric sings about this woman he's sort of, maybe impressed with. There is a terrific piano solo in the song.
I Found A Way lays down a nice bass line while kicking in some harsh trumpet and tough percussion.
Celia is a mixed bag of sounds. Eric does a great job on the congas, and there is once again great trumpet.
Here To Stay is a kind of light R & B styled tune.
Classic jazz is once again the style in Like A Lion in the Serengeti. Eric has soft vocals but the trumpet and sax speak loud and proud. A piano solo in the middle soars.
The album ends with a toe tapper called That's It.
Eric Frazier is indeed much more than just a percussionist. With the songs he's composed and the musicians he's assembled, In Your Own Time is definitely an album to really enjoy.
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When one listens to jazz percussionist Eric Frazier, don't expect to sit still. You will tap your fe...When one listens to jazz percussionist Eric Frazier, don't expect to sit still. You will tap your feet, rock side to side or simply sing with familiar tunes on his latest project, In Your Own Time.
Frazier, a Harlem, N.Y., native, is known for his eclectic mix of jazz, blues, salsa, rhythm and blues, calypso, Latin jazz and world music. With a stellar band backing him up with the right note, one can salsa dance to "Que Tanga Un Buendia" to feeling the spirit of Southern churches in "Feeling So Unnecessary" to remembering late great R&B artists such as Luther Vandross ("Here to Stay") and Lou Rawls ("Like a Lion in the Serengeti"). The nine-track disc is popular on jazz stations nationwide.
Frazier has had extensive study of the congra drum, djembe drum and African dance. He has performed in several New York historic venues such as the Rainbow Room, Madison Square Garden Theater and the Apollo Theater. Having performed with legends such as Pharoah Sanders and Jack McDuff as well as many dance groups such as Katherine Dunham and The International African Ballet, it is easy to see how music and culture has influenced Frazier's background, and it reflects in his musical compositions.
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Soul-jazz (or as jazz critic Scott Yanow calls it, "rhythm & jazz") has existed in many different fo...Soul-jazz (or as jazz critic Scott Yanow calls it, "rhythm & jazz") has existed in many different forms over the years, ranging from the tenor-sax honkers of the late ‘40s/early ‘50s to the Jimmy Smith-influenced organ combos of the late ‘50s and ‘60s to Grover Washington, Jr., David Sanborn and the Crusaders in the ‘70s and ‘80s. But whatever the era, the basic idea behind soul-jazz has remained the same, and that idea is blues and R&B accessibility combined with the improvisatory freedom of jazz. It's an idea that percussionist/singer obviously favors on In Your Own Time. Parts of this album are relevant to hard bop--for example, "That's It"--and parts of it are mindful of modal post-bop (including "Celia"). But whether he is being influenced by Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, John Coltrane, James Brown or the Neville Brothers, Frazier always gets his groove on and gives In Your Own Time a lot of soul-jazz appeal.
WMEB Radio - Orono ME
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Percussionist Eric Frazier knows how to lay down one hell of a groove. As a vocalist he has a relax...Percussionist Eric Frazier knows how to lay down one hell of a groove. As a vocalist he has a relaxed bluesy style, reminiscent of Charles Brown. As a composer, I hear influences as diverse as Fats Waller and Pharoah Sanders. Add a strong dose of New Orleans style grooves and you get a feel for the music on "In Your Own Time." This is an album of funky songs with the emphasis on fun. ****½
Lester French, WMEB - Orono, ME
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Larry Nai of Cadence Magazine said of Eric's previous CD "Find Yourself (Then Find Me)." "It's a fu...Larry Nai of Cadence Magazine said of Eric's previous CD "Find Yourself (Then Find Me)." "It's a fun throwback to the soulful, breezy kind of music the Crusaders were making back when they had the word "Jazz" in front of their name." The current CD "In Your Own Time," is Eric's next level.
Feeling So Unnecessary
Mom & Dad –rhythm changes
Que Tenga Un Buendia
All Blues- G
Cheek to Cheek -C
Jazz Spot Eb blues
Walk the Walk
I found a Way
Pennies from Heaven
Softly as in a Morning Sunrise
Lion in the Serengeti
Nobody Knows Me
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