Musical Director, piano and keys - Jeff Brown
“I'm so pleased to have an opportunity to share in the evolution at Christ Church Unity. I look forward to serving worshipers, church leaders and musicians as we come together in the glory that is music.”
Jeff Brown has been director or musician for several church communities since 2002. As arts educator, he has worked with 4000 students, serving as Composer-In-Residence, teaching artist and workshop lead for Santa Fe Opera; Spanish Teaching Artist for Albuquerque Public Schools; Pianist and vocal instructor for National Dance Institute of NM; Assistant Conductor of the Rio Grande Youth Chorale; guest lecturer for University of New Mexico; percussionist for Albuquerque City Zoo; and composer for National Hispanic Cultural Center.
Jeff graduated in Industrial Engineering at Northwestern University and started as business consultant with Andersen Consulting, now named Accenture. Then he began his music training in his late 20’s, and has since been featured as a solo pianist and chamber musician in South America, Europe and the U.S. He serves as bandleader and orchestral arranger for 2007 Native American Musician of the Year, Arvel Bird. And he is commissioned composer for the LittleGlobe Lifesongs project, writing songs with hospice care patients.
Bass - Rick Richolson
Rick Richolson is a freelance bassist actively involved in the Central Florida music scene for many years. Based in Orlando, Fla., Rick is a well-rounded musician covering a wide variety of genres, including jazz, Broadway and Las Vegas-style shows, classical, Brazilian MPB, and R & B.
Born and raised in Newport, AR., Rick received a journalism degree and music education at the University of Missouri-Columbia. After working as managing editor in his family's newspaper business for a decade, he moved to Florida in 1989, dedicating himself to music as his primary career He has toured internationally with the Mantovani Orchestra and Chorus - including summer of 2009 in China - and has played for headliners including Charo, Buddy Greco, Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, and Harry James Orchestra, to name a few. Since 2001, Rick has been part of the house band at Timpano's in Orlando that backs up many of Central Florida's top vocalists and musicians. He also owns and runs Richolson Creative Services, LLC, offering pre-press and web design services.