Grenoldo Frazier, actor and composer, is a native of Wilmington, NC, who moved to New York City in 1972 as a pianist for two touring shows -- Journey Into Blackness
and Harlem Heydey
, an anthology of African-American music of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He was featured as Barnaby Tucker on Broadway and the national tour of Pearl Bailey/Billy Daniels’ hit Hello, Dolly!
In the 1980’s Grenoldo won the off-Broadway Audelco Award as composer of Deadwood Dick and musically directing the national tour of Your Arms Too Short to Box With God.
Later he toured arenas, including Madison Square Garden, as Phineas T. Barnswallow, a W.C. Fields character in Sesame Live
. He ended the decade as composer and musical director of Mama I Want to Sing
, the longest running gospel musical which was named one of Time magazine's 10 best musicals of 1984. He also composed the score and musically directed Moms Mabley
at the Astor Place Theatre. Lionel Hampton praised Mr. Frazier for “his touch”. Frazier’s other credits include the revue Billy, Lena, and The Duke: A Night of Ellington Music!
(as Duke Ellington). The 1990’s found him winning dual Audelco Awards as musical director for James Weldon Johnson’s God’s Trombones
and as an actor in Robert Johnson Trick the Devil
off Broadway at the Schomberg Center on 135th St. He toured Europe as a singer/dancer in Andre Heller’s Body and Soul
. He was also pianist/singer at Windows-on-the-World for two years. The past 16 years he has been an artist-in-residence at North Carolina State University, Harvard Divinity School with Dr. Gavin Moses, Penn State/Harrisburg and has performed all over the country in clubs and theaters.