Renowned pianist Grenoldo Frazier dies

Renowned pianist Grenoldo Frazier dies
Pianist Grenaldo Frazier, a Wilmington native, has died at the age of 65. (Source: grenoldofrazier.webs.com)

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Pianist Grenoldo Frazier, a Wilmington native, has died at the age of 65.

Rhonda Bellamy, who is the director of the Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County and a close friend of Frazier’s, announced his passing in a Facebook post Sunday.

I am saddened to announce that another dear friend has transitioned. Grenoldo Frazier, a great musician and one of my best friends, has passed away. I'll post updates as soon as I can.

Posted by Rhonda Bellamy on Sunday, December 30, 2018

Frazier was scheduled to make his fourth appearance at the North Carolina Jazz Festival in Wilmington Jan. 31-Feb. 2.

Frazier moved to New York in 1972 and was a pianist for two touring shows, Journey Into Blackness and Harlem Heyday.

In the 1980s, he won the off-Broadway Audelco Award as composer of Deadwood Dick and music director of the national tour of Your Arms Too Short to Box With God.

Frazier received the Black Arts Alliance’s Living Legend Award in 2011 and as given his star on the Wilmington Walk of Fame on 2014.

More on Frazier’s storied career can be found here.

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