Please join us in our 3rd Weekend Events of Our Plainfield Arts Council
Queen City October Music Festival !
Shiloh Baptist 515 W 4th St, Plainfield, NJ
Saturday October 21, 2017 @ 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Tickets: Free Will Offering
Anthony E. Nelson, Jr.
To dedicate a life to the construction and deliverance of music requires not only a tremendous commitment, but also an unparalleled passion for creativity. To wield notes and string them into a breathtaking arrangement of sound and inspiration is a gift that must be perfected daily. With each song created, each note pulled from an arsenal of musical brilliance, musician, composer and arranger, Anthony Nelson, Jr. ignites fans with his melodic originality. Fusing together jazz’s classic tranquility, gospel’s spirituality, funk’s rougher edges and neo-soul’s undeniable velvet ease to produce a sound unlike anything on today’s shelves. A saxophonist, flautist, clarinetist and bass clarinetist, Nelson is blessed with an inherent talent that is boundless in its ability to reach across generational and genre lines.
Possessing a gift that was cultivated from birth, Nelson is an avid student of song, becoming a member of Cantoris, the prestigious boy’s choir of Plainfield, New Jersey. He first picked up the alto saxophone at age 11, continuing on to the tenor saxophone by high school. Because playing the saxophone alone is not enough to warrant the title “woodwindist”, Nelson began to study the flute and clarinet to diversify his range of musical ability. Mentored by organist Radam Schwartz at the Jazz Institute of N.J., Nelson would later be featured on Schwartz’s album Magic Tales.
In addition to Nelson's many accomplishments as a musician, he also is the Artistic Director of the "Jazz In the Sanctuary" Series, a jazz vespers presented in concert form. Under Nelson's direction, the Jazz In The Sanctuary Series has featured the likes of Steve Turre, Bruce Williams, Mark Gross, Cecil Brooks III and many other of the great standouts if today's jazz scene.
Patrick "Face" Rickman
Coming from a family of trumpet players, Patrick FACE Rickman is not only continuing his family’s tradition, but is also helping in a constant effort to educate the youth about this music that we call JAZZ. “I just love to see the bright faces on those Kids when we play for them,” says Patrick.
Born in Kansas City, MO. on August 26,1957, Patrick Rickman received his first trumpet at the age if nine years old from his grandfather and uncle. His first trumpet lesson was learning to play the blues, (a strong K.C. tradition). “The older musicians in K.C. are definitely responsible for me wanting to present this music to the best of my ability”. Some of Patrick’s main influences are Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Lee Morgan, Booker Little, Clifford Brown, Freddie Hubbard, and Woody Shaw.
Working his first professional gig at the age of nineteen, Patrick immediately showed promise, “I remember hearing a recording of Charlie Parker playing ‘Now’s the time’, I was just blown away, I told myself from that point on, I wanted to learn how to play like that”. A decision was made to go to New York City in 1987 after hearing Art Blakey’s band perform live in K.C. Since that time FACEMAN, (a nickname that has stuck over the years), has performed with such greats as Lionel Hampton, Joe Williams, Benny Golson, Randy Weston, Mongo Santamaria, and many others. Face has been hailed as, “a virtuosic technician”, as quoted by the Los Angeles Times. And according to the San Francisco Examiner, “A trumpeter that is sensitive and assured in a distinctly Freddie Hubbard sort of way in his rendition of ‘Skylark’. Patrick’s goal is to continue to spread, and to share this great legacy that we call Jazz, with the masses of those that are not so fortunate to hear it, and with the hope that this music will endure in the hearts of those who will become our future performers and listeners
Chris Beck: Drums
Born into a musical family, Chris Beck, a native of Philadelphia has been exposed to an assortment of music genres. At a young age he acknowledged his strong desire for music and accepted his responsibility to continue in the legacy of his grandfather the late Elder Charles Beck. He was influenced by his high school teacher to continue in jazz drum studies. Mr. Beck then pursued a career in music, where at Temple University he earned a Bachelor of Music in percussion performance. While at Temple he developed a friendship with mentor Mr. Terell Stafford. Under Stafford's instruction, he began to transcribe and increased his listening of the master jazz drummers.
He currently works with various artists such as, Tim Warfield, Terell Stafford, Orrin Evans, Duane Eubanks, Philadelphia legend Bootsie Barnes, Oliver Lake, Cyrus Chestnut, and Latin jazz pianist Elio Villafranca and a host of other musicians from both Philadelphia and New York.
Brandon McCune: Hammond B3 Organ
This Chicago native makes his home in Newark, NJ. His musical studies began at age three, when his parents enrolled him in the Suzuki Method of Classical Piano. For the past eighteen years, Brandon McCune has been an experienced Professional Musician (pianist, organist, drummer, trumpeter, bassist, vocalist, and choir director) serving as a principal music instructor, composer, counselor, arranger, and performer with a special concentration in the jazz, classical, and gospel genres.
Brandon has served as Minister of Music for several congregations in NJ. He currently serves as The assistant minister of music at The Shiloh Baptist Church (Plainfield NJ). His leadership acumen is demonstrated in his founding of BASIC Inc., a non-profit umbrella for Gospel Music entertainment, music education, and various other arts related entities. He, along with Pastor Amir Ballard, co-founded the "Just Cause" concert series which brings together the music departments from different congregations for an annual Praise & Worship celebration.
Brandon is currently serving his community as the Music Production instructor at Newark Vocational Technical High School.
Many exciting events to come though-out the month of October