Caesar Frazier

Caesar Frazier started playing piano at age five. After hearing the organ stylings of Jimmy Smith, Jack McDuff, Shirley Scott, Jimmy McGriff and Booker T. Jones of the MGíS, he was forever attracted to the enormous sounds of the Hammond Organ. By age fifteen, Caesar began playing with a variety of R&B, Blues and Jazz bands. However, he was most attracted to the more complex and sophisticated stylings of Jazz.

After graduating from high school, Caesar attended Florida A&M University, earning a degree in music education. Throughout his tenure at Florida A&M, he formed and played in numerous bands, earning money to cover college cost. In 1967,while in college, along with his organ trio, he made appearances on the Ted Mack television show.

After graduating from Florida A& M University, he moved to Indianapolis, Indiana on the advice of a college musician friend, where he would start an organ quartet performing on the very active local music scene and touring the mid-west jazz club circuit.

It was in 1971 that Caesarís relationship with Lou Donaldson began. A former member of Louís band heard Caesar at a Jazz club in Indianapolis and immediately called Lou and told him that he had heard a young organist that he would be interested in bringing into his band. From that introduction began a relationship and bond that would be everlasting.

It was Lou that made the call and connections that would start Caesarís recording career as a Jazz / Funk organist and vocalist. Over the years, Caesar recorded numerous instrumental and vocal albums.

After leaving Louís band, Caesar joined the Marvin Gaye orchestra as keyboardist, touring the mega concert venues.

Attracted to many forms of art, over the years, Caesar studied photography at College of the Desert in Palm Desert, California and to further expand his horizons in the realms of music, Caesar studied three years at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, California earning an Associates Degree in Broadcast Journalism. During that tenure, he become a well known broadcaster in Orange County, California, while holding positions as the music director of KSBR radio (Smooth Jazz), hosting & producing The Saddleback Forum, (a talk radio show), anchoring and reporting news (covering such high profile news makers as Bill Clinton, Bob Dole, Ross Perot & ect) and producing and hosting magazine stories for public television.

At present, Caesar Frazier is still enjoying the art of musical performance around the country and keeps close ties to his long time friend and mentor, Lou Donaldson