Archive for February 18th, 2021

Courtenay Frazer – Are You With Me?

Courtenay Frazer is a pianist with a wealth of stylistic knowledge.  He has been singing and playing instruments in the church since 1986, winning district and regional Teen Talent competitions for group ensembles as well as piano solos at the Driftwood Church of God where he attended. Later on, Courtenay went on to play keyboards for a country folk band called The Haltons, directed by his late father, Wosley Frazer. His journey soon took him into other arenas of music, where he began singing for the Gospel quartet “Surrender”, a well known group on the Toronto Gospel music scene.

Courtenay’s diverse musical inspiration can be attributed to his deep appreciation for the music of such Gospel greats like Thomas Whitfield, Daryl Coley, The Clark Sisters and Ben Tankard as well as his affinity for the artistry of the top Jazz players known as Oscar Peterson, Herbie Hancock, Art Tatum, and Chick Chorea.  His love for music moved him to study at Humber Collage of Performing Arts where he completed studies in the Art of Jazz in 1999.

Courtenay has moved into challenging yet inspiring territories of music that has allowed him to bring new light to what is known as Gospel Jazz. He has embraced the feel of Smooth Jazz, Fusion and other realms of music.  Courtenay gave birth to Perfect Cadence, a Gospel Jazz Group, in 1999. Perfect Cadence has the traditional make up of Bass, Drums, and Keys. Andrew Stewart With his ability to persuade his bass to speak Rhema, Andrew Stewart is one of the most influential bassists on the Toronto. Lernell Lewis is revolutionizing the concept of drums by his precision and passion on the drums. Together, Courtenay and Perfect Cadence entertain the body and feed the soul so that the mind can be restored back to God the Father.

Get the album at bandcamp.com or Apple Music.