Jaijai, what a wonderful mission you've undertaken to create such a place for artistic minds to meet and share their hearts. A place to renew faded determinations, and revive lessened momentums. A place to display our wares and reconfirm to one another that we actually are on the right track.
I commend you, Jaijai, for caring so much that you created this castle of the heart for all of us. I want to share my praise for all of the new friends as well as old friends that I've met and will meet here in our castle. Here we can garnish the where-with-all, the strength, the conviction, and the selflessness through our symbiosis, to share our gift to the world with an unbiased agenda.
My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."
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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, Miami, FL, 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, Bill Saxton, Stanley Banks and Danny Mixon. In addition to performing with legends such as Pharaoh Sanders and Jack McDuff, 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 is a two volume set entitled "The Eric Frazier Quintet Live @ Cecil's Jazz Club Volumes 1 & 2." In it's fourth week on radio It's already in the top forty rankings in CMJ listings. We are confident that this CD will add enhanced pleasure to your every listening moment.
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.
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