Guitarist, singer and New Orleans music scene staple Deacon John Moore has led AFM Local 174-496 since 2006, when he was elected as the group’s the first African-American president. An award-winning performer whose decades-spanning work in R&B, rock, blues, jazz and gospel have taken him from Cosimo Matassa’s studio to stages at the White House and beyond, Deacon’s legendary contributions to the New Orleans music songbook have included work on classic hits by the likes of Ernie K-Doe, Benny Spellman, Lee Dorsey, Aaron Neville, Allen Toussaint, Dave Bartholomew, Harold Battiste, Wardell Quezergue, Eddie Boe, Chris Kenner and Professor Longhair, among many others.
Deacon has worked as a professional musician in New Orleans since his teenage years, shortly after which he began performing at the famous Dew Drop Inn, where he developed a devoted following. Since then, his accolades have included inductions into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame and the Louisiana Blues Hall of Fame, multiple Lifetime Achievement Awards and the American Federation of Musicians’ highly coveted Charles Walton Diversity Advocate Award.
Deacon, with his band Deacon John & the Ivories, was the first rock’n’roll musician to play with the New Orleans Symphony in 1970. In 1990, he released his first CD, “Singer of Song,” followed by his second CD, “Deacon John Live at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (1994).” In 2009, he received a Community Arts Award from the Arts Council of New Orleans, performed at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York, and was honored with an Asante Legends Award. In 2012, he earned the Slim Harpo Blues Pioneer Award from the Slim Harpo Music Awards. In 2013, Deacon John earned a star on the Tipitina’s Walk of Fame.
Deacon has graced the covers of many local and national newspapers and magazines. He has appeared in movies including “Angel Heart,” live musical theater, and has been featured in multiple national TV commercials as well as many WYES-TV documentaries on New Orleans history and culture, most recently, “Growing Up in New Orleans” and “Audubon Park Memories.” Deacon played “Danny Nelson” in the first season of HBO’s acclaimed Treme. He is currently featured in the New Orleans media campaign, “Follow Your NOLA.” Deacon is the star of the critically acclaimed documentary movie, “Going Back to New Orleans: The Deacon John Film,” and the live concert DVD and CD, “Deacon John’s Jump Blues.”
Greg has been a member of the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) since 1968 when he joined Local 40-543 (Baltimore) when he was a student at the Peabody Conservatory of Music. In short order, he became a member of both 802 (New York) and 6 (San Francisco).
After graduating from the Peabody, he began working with Sol Hurok and Columbia Artists Orchestras for such organizations as the National Ballet of Canada, American Ballet theater, New York City Ballet and the Moscow Bolshoi Ballet. During that time, he performed in a number of “Great Performances” and “Live from Lincoln Center” productions for PBS.
In 1976 he moved from San Francisco where he was a member of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra to New Orleans to join the New Orleans Symphony. In 1995 he was invited to join the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra as Principal trombonist and holds that position today. In 2004 he began teaching trombone as an adjunct faculty member of Loyola University.
In addition to his duties as a member of the LPO he has been active with the Tulane Summer Lyric Orchestra for many years and has recorded numerous television and motion picture sound tracks.
Hailing from Lafayette, Louisiana, Kim has been a freelance musician since the early 1960s, having received formal training on piano beginning at age seven. Later, he continued his training with his high school marching band and orchestra, learning clarinet and bassoon. During this period in the mid-60s, Kim discovered a new style of music with the pop sounds best represented by the Beatles. Kim worked for years as a freelance musician up until the mid-70s when he recorded with the rock group, Zuider Zee. Later, in the 1980s, Kim had the opportunity to tour with the great blues guitar player, Sherman Robertson. Kim traveled with Mr. Robertson on numerous European tours. He also recorded two albums featuring Mr. Robertson.
In 1997, Kim was hired by the AFM Local 174-496 New Orleans as a Business Agent. Helping to lead the local through Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, he was elected to the position of Secretary/ Treasurer of the Local in 2006.
Kerry Brown grew up playing music in New Orleans’ Baptist churches and has been a professional drummer for 45 years.
He began his career on the road with Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown and has played with traditional New Orleans jazz legends Thomas Jefferson, Teddy Riley, and Danny Barker, as well as the Olympia, Excelsior, Treme, Brownsville, Panorama, and Royal Brass Bands and the Storyville Stompers. Kerry’s vast musical experiences include playing and touring with blues musicians B.B. King, Freddie King, Albert King, Buddy Guy, Little Milton, Champion Jack Dupree, the Amazing Ironing Board Sam, and John Mooney & Bluesiana.
Kerry has played with modern jazz greats Jimmy McGriff & Hank Crawford Quartet, as well as legendary pianist McCoy Tyner. Kerry has been privileged to play with rock and roll icons the Allman Brothers and Jimmy Page, and the legendary country outlaw David Allan Coe. When he’s not producing and directing the Gretna Heritage Festival (which he’s been doing for 20 years) or touring, Kerry can sometimes be heard in New Orleans at the Preservation Hall.
A graduate of Loyola University (and a recent graduate of the University of New Orleans with a Ph.D. in Educational Administration), Peter Cho is one of the most sought after pianists in the Crescent City. Peter has completed a major project with The Mayor’s office as a special Musical Ambassador to the island of Aruba, for trade discussions and musical exchanges between the two countries.
Along with the James Rivers Movement, with whom Peter appears in the film and soundtrack for “The Bridges of Madison County,” Peter has performed for President Bill Clinton and alongside such jazz greats as with such greats as Clark Terry, Tito Puente , Candido Camero, Bobby Sanabria, John Fedchock, Jon Faddis, Jimmy Heath, Willie Singleton (Count Basie Band), Tony Dagradi, Johnny Vidacovich (Harry Connick Jr. Band), George Porter, Rick Margitza, Delfeayo Marsalis, Paul McGinley, Bill Huntington and Brian Blade.
Peter’s jazz experience also includes The New Orleans Saints Band, The Willie Singleton Quartet, the WBYU Orchestra, the Ed Lewis Orchestra, the Crescent City Big Band, the Chuck Easterling Big Band, the David Hanson Quartet, Eric Traub Trio, Wes Mix Group, Betty Shirly Trio,and two quartets led by Peter, which include Tony Dagradi and Mark Mullins. He can be seen currently with several incarnations of the National WWII Museum’s official groups the Victory Big Band and Victory Six.
In the popular music sphere, Peter has performed with the legendary “Deacon” John Moore and the Ivories, bands such as Pilot, Jubilation, The Kristine Mills group, Rumboogie, Entourage as well as the John Lambert Septet. Peter is also known as a veteran Salsa pianist by New Orleans Latin community for his work with The Pedro Cruz Band, Ruben “Mr. Salsa” Gonzalez, Freddy Omar, Packy Savedra, Mambo Mania, Kike Bonilla, and Ritmo Caribeano. Peter is Currently the Musical Director of the Big Easy Award-winning aalsa band Caliente.
Peter is currently the Lead Department Chair for the Arts and Humanities Division, and the Department Chair of Fine Arts, Music and Philosophy at Delgado Community College, and the Jazz Piano Instructor for the Louis Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp.
Angela has accumulated over 36 productive years in the music industry during which time she has worked and performed with various local, national, and international recording artists of varying genres. Gospel choir vocal instruction was her primary focus for over two decades of her career. As an acoustic pianist and a vocalist, she has refined her craft and accrued a large domestic and international fan base.
Angela’s musicality and versatility has allowed her to be prominently featured in the capacities of lead and background vocalist as well as keyboardist for many recording artists both locally, nationally, and internationally. She currently works as a stage/studio musician for the Jamalar Agency of New Orleans, Louisiana. Also, she has been featured in numerous commercials and theatrical productions which not only highlighted her as a trained actress but showcased her musical talents. Angela is bilingual, but has also performed across the globe in several languages.
Angela has been an active member of the American Federation of Musicians Local 174-496 since 2009, has served on the Board of Directors since 2015 and has always been a strong advocate committed to raising industry standards and protecting the integrity, talents, and products of professional musicians.
A bandleader, vocalist, dancer, banjo/guitar player, director and choreographer, Banu manages her own record label, Swing Out Records and in 2010, to preserve and promote traditional jazz, formed The New Orleans Trad Jazz Camp for adults.
She has performed at jazz festivals, performing art centers, and with over 80 performances with symphony orchestras from Portland Maine to Portland Oregon. Orchestras include the Boston Pops, the St. Louis Symphony, and the Norwegian Radio Orchestra in Oslo, Norway, to name a few.
The highlights of Banu’s career have been appearing on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, bringing in the millennium as the only guest artist of the Boston Pops, singing at the 2001 Playboy Jazz Festival, and singing with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl. She has appeared all over the world with her band and was the guest vocalist on both Wild Bill Davison European tour in 1986 and the World’s Greatest Jazz Band tour of Japan 1996.
Banu was honored in 2009 by the New Orleans Preservation Resource Center for her contributions to music and was a New Orleans Magazine’s 2007 Jazz All Star. She was featured in the 2010 New Orleans Magazine as “Top Female Achiever” and appeared on the cover of OffBeat magazine’s June 2014 cover. In 2009 Banu help form and became Executive Director of New Orleans Trad Jazz Camp for adults. The week-long workshop takes place in June in the heart in French Quarter
A proud Life Time member of the American Federation of Musicians since 1957, Frank Mayes has spent his life as a woodwind performer (flute, clarinet and saxophone), recording artist and college professor. He has served on the Executive Board of AFM Local 174-496 New Orleans since 2006 following Hurricane Katrina and has also served several years on the Recruitment and Education Committees.
A native of Raleigh, North Carolina, Frank Mayes attended the University of North Texas in Denton where he began his professional career performing with the Joe Reichman Orchestra in Texas during college. Traveling throughout the state of Texas and beyond, he performed with acts and bands such as Phil Harris and Tex Beneke, among other jazz luminaries.
In 1966, after graduating with a B.M. in Music Education, he moved to Los Angeles, via Las Vegas and San Fransisco. From 1966-68, Frank studied woodwinds with renowned studio woodwind doubler, William (Bill) Green. During his twelve year tenure in Los Angeles, he performed, recorded and/or toured extensively with the Fraternity of Man, Delaney & Bonnie, Duane Allman, the Beach Boys, Mac “Dr. John” Rebennack and backed such acts as Little Richard, Mac Davis, the Supremes, Jerry Reed and countless others. He taught at the Sherman School of Music and Arts in Los Angeles with such luminaries as Milton Green, Steve Haberman and Morey Del. Frank then received his Master of Arts in Clarinet Performance from California State University, Northridge in 1977, having studied clarinet with Roy D’Antonio.
Frank moved back to North Carolina in 1978 to teach Woodwinds and Jazz History at Atlantic Christian College (now Barton College) in Wilson. After meeting his wife, Cindy, a fellow woodwind doubler, they married in 1981 and lived in North Carolina for the next four years, teaching, performing and recording from Virginia to Florida.
Moving to New Orleans in 1985, they proceeded to perform and/or record with many local New Orleans and national musicians: Allen Toussaint, Dr. John, Al Belletto, Dave Bartholomew, Sr., Charlie Brent, Kid Johnson, Luther Kent, “Gentleman” June Gardner, Ronnie Kole, “Lucious” Lloyd Lambert, the Temptations, Clark Terry, the O’Jay’s, the Four Tops, the Dells, Lucy Arnez, Lou Rawls, Rita Coolidge and others. For more than four years, Frank played tenor saxophone regularly on Bourbon Street with Frankie “Nola” Lacour.
As a college professor in New Orleans, Frank has taught Woodwinds, Woodwind Methods, Jazz in American Culture and Recording at Loyola University New Orleans (since 1990), Xavier University (1988-2007) and Delgado Community College (2006-2009). He is currently teaching at Loyola University and continues to perform and record music.