This is a unique gift, to bring music into retirement homes, long term care facilities, children's hospitals, homes for the aged, play flute, violin, piano, trio's, walk down the halls and play tunes for those bed-ridden....jazz heals, who's willing?
I'm Richard Lopez, producer, director and guitarist of One Accord Band. Born in New York City and raised in the city of Jersey City. I've always found myself very much inclined to the art of music. Coming from a long line of musicians in my family, it was only a matter of time before I would pick up a guitar and follow in their footsteps. I remember sitting in the front pews of the church admiring the musicians and the sounds that came out of their instruments. But true inspiration came from my uncle, Ramon “Monchito” Cruz, an amazing musician and a Latin pioneer player of the Latin “Tres” from Puerto Rico.Through him I learned my first guitar chords and at the age of 16 that's when it all began.
In 2003, One Accord Band was formed as a production band with the purpose of recording artists wanting to make a difference in the Latin Christian industry. One Accord Band is made of different genres —Latin, Jazz, R&B and Pop. After many venues and at the request of many, we decided to commit ourselves in becoming a performing band. Today, we are working on our soon to be released project titled One Accord Band & Friends featuring various Latin Christian artists such as Any Puello, Helen R. Muzic, Sammy Navarro and many more. I have been blessed to be inspired and surrounded by so many great musicians and artists.
One Accord Band strives towards excellence. We want our passion and vision to envelope all that hear us and promote a spirit of praise and worship to our Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ!
Music — the soul of people.
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The Jazz Network is exactly what the title suggests, a place where you get to mix and mingle with those who have not only an appreciation for Jazz but a forum to hear new up and coming artists as well. I've hooked up with so many of my old friends that I've lost contact with over the years here and it's been a great place to meet folk, appreciate good music and Musicianship. What an incredible idea!!
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