The legendary funk, soul, and jazz musician who played with James Brown moves from sideman to center stage in this loving tribute to a seminal but often overlooked force in American music. (Performing Arts)
Fred Wesley Wentworth and the Wentworth era span from the 1890s to the 1940s. Starting out as a local architect designing homes, commercial buildings and institutions for leading citizens in Paterson, New Jersey, his career quickly transformed by way of a Jewish entrepreneur, Jacob Fabian, into the archetect of grand movie palaces throughout New Jersey and the movie palace prototype nationwide. In addition, he was well know of his designs of institituions of Jewish life. These buildings shaped generations of immigrants and their chidlren and created a place that offered a sophisticated urban life.
My name is Franklin Charmer. I am a musician by trade. I play the organ and have played for two of the biggest churches in the city. I have been in the church all my life and consider myself a good Christian. I have been a Minister of Music since I was twelve. The past two years I have attended Faith Mission Tabernacle on the Rock Missionary Church of the Baptist God in Christ after having a disagreement with the last choir director and pastor. I am now in a small ministry with approximately sixty-five members but am still in the position of music director. I am in charge of the choir. The choir is made up of four women, the Character sisters, Melissa and Mona, Mrs. Pamela Forge, who is a relative of the founder of the church, Ms. Cinnamon Washington who is a former stripper with the voice of an angel, and our choir director Mr. Derek Potter. These are the members of my choir. And I slept with them all.
Celebrates funk music using biographies of such musicians as James Brown and George Clinton, and provides descriptions of the genre, historical perspectives, and the story behind the "death of funk" following the introduction of disco.