Caesar Frazier Organ Quartet

Kuumbwa Jazz Presents

Caesar Frazier Organ Quartet

Thu · July 6, 2017

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

$20.00 - $25.00

Tickets at the Door

Caesar Frazier is representative of the second wave of Hammond B-3 organists to follow in the footsteps of Jimmy Smith's pioneering work on the instrument. Frazier's stellar keyboard style has been heard with many soul-jazz purveyors of the '70s, including Lou Donaldson, Melvin Sparks, Ivan 'Boogaloo Joe' Jones, and George Freeman. He was also a member of Marvin Gaye's backup band. A native of Indianapolis, Caesar was playing professionally by his mid-teens. His first major exposure came with Lou Donaldson's band in 1972. Before long he was recording his own albums, albums that have since become sampling favorites for hip-hop artists. Frazier is ably backed by tenor saxophonist Lyle Link, guitarist Jacques Lesure and drummer Leon Joyce, Jr.

½ price for students at the door

Caesar Frazier
Caesar Frazier
Hailing from Indianapolis, Ceasar Frazier was a funky soul-jazz organist who recorded several albums for the Eastbound/Westbound label family during the '70s. First making his mark in 1972 with one of saxman Lou Donaldson's funkier bands, Frazier cut his first album Hail Ceasar! later that year, which featured musicians commonly associated with the Prestige label's jazz-funk outings -- Melvin Sparks (guitar), Houston Person (tenor), and Idris Muhammad (drums). The follow-up, Ceasar Frazier '75, featured the likes of guitarist Cornell Dupree and drummer Bernard "Pretty" Purdie; the album's key track, "Funk It Down," was later sampled by jazz-obsessed hip-hoppers Gang Starr for their "Ex-Girl to the Next Girl." In 1978, Frazier resurfaced as a smooth soul/disco vocalist with the LP Another Life, and while he showed some affinity for the idiom, it failed to reinvent him as a commercial force outside the jazz-funk marketplace. In addition to recording on his own, Frazier also played keyboards in Marvin Gaye's backing band. Thanks to the rare-groove revival, his rare original LPs now fetch generous sums on the collectors' market. ~ Steve Huey, All Music Guide
Jacques Lesure
Jacques Lesure
American guitarist
Leon Joyce, Jr
Leon Joyce, Jr
American jazz drummer and percussionist
Venue Information:
Kuumbwa Jazz Center
320-2 Cedar Street
Santa Cruz, CA, 95060
http://kuumbwajazz.org