Archives for June 2013

Grenoldo Frazer: The Return of A Favorite

Photo by George Ball

Grenoldo Frazier returns, by popular request, for his third appearance at the North Carolina Jazz Festival.  His set on Thursday night will be “Interpreting Louis Armstrong” – piano and vocals.

Grenoldo is a Wilmington native who moved to NYC in 1972 as a pianist for two touring shows.  He played Barnaby Tucker on Broadway and the national tour of Pearl Bailey/Billy Daniels’ hit “Hello Dolly”.   For two years Grenoldo was the pianist/singer at Windows on World atop the WorldTradeCenter.  For the past 14 years he has been artist in residence at NC State University, HarvardDivinitySchool with Dr. Gavin Moses, and Penn State/Harrisburg.  Touring in clubs and theaters around the country, he is Wilmington’s most sought after entertainer.

For those traveling in North Carolina this summer, Grenoldo Frazier “From Tobacco Barns to Broadway” an evening with North Carolina’s own musical sensation will be presented at the prestigious Washington Duke Inn in Durham, on August 10 at 8 pm.

Grenoldo will be honored on Sept. 15th at 3:30 pm, when the world premiere of the documentary “The Piano Entertainer:  Stompin’ Grenoldo Frazier” will be presented at the CameronArt Museum here in Wilmington. The documentary is by Dr. Maurice Martinez of  the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.