Monday, 03 February 2014 12:11

History in the Making

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It is the month of February and it’s Black History Month. The thought that our present becomes our history is an awareness that causes one to ask what my role is and how can I be part of history in the making. Some people have done huge things that changed the lives of many. At the same time, there are people who change things in this world for the better, but they get very little attention for the great work they do. Although, there are so many people making a difference, I chose to talk on two that I have come to know, Mr. Ron Wilkinson and Minister Felix Gibson SR.

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Ron Wilkinson is a songwriter and a gifted vocalist. Ron’s bio (enclosed below) is very impressive, but it’s not just his talent that’s impressive. Ron uses his talent to perform events to benefit the homeless and whenever he can, he assists in raising funds for meals. Ron is true to his talent and true to helping the homeless in St. Louis; using his God-given talent to help the homeless, right here in St. Louis, MO. Ron indeed is History in the Making. For more information or if you are interested in hiring this great musical artist contact Mr. Ron Wilkinson.

    

 

Ron Wilkinson Performance Ensemble Details

Accompanist Personnel Options

                            Duo~

               Vocalist and Pianist

                          Quartet 

  Vocalist, Bass, Piano, Drums, 

                          Quintet

Vocalist, Horn, Bass, Piano, Drums

                 CeeJazzSoul Sextet*

17 piece Big Bands Available to feature Ron

                  Jazz Edge Big Band

                  Meremac Big Band*

 *Ron is a member of the Jazz Edge Big Band and a featured vocalist

   With the CJazzSoul Sextet the Meremac Big Band                                       

          

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Ron’s Bio

Equal to his skills as a songwriter, Ron Wilkinson is also a gifted vocalist interpreter of classic American standards such as “Unforgettable”, “Funny Valentine” and the Gershwin brothers timeless, “summertime”. Influenced by the genres of jazz, Latin percussion and blues, Wilkinson does a voluptuous rendition of Sam Cook’s “Red Rooster” and Carlos Santana’s “Evil Ways”.

Ron Wilkinson has lived the life of the troubadour, with a mellow baritone reminiscent of Lou Rawls that can slide smoothly into the rolling realms of scat, the seemingly easy, yet most difficult of vocal exercises.

A San Francisco native, Wilkinson started on the well-worn performers' path to Mecca (New York City) but got diverted in Houston where he remained for nearly twenty years working for Anheuser-Busch. Yet, Wilkinson, unlike so many artists who acquiesce to the pressures of the eight-to-five “day job,” kept his focus and even went traveling the country for AB and he sat in at every club that would allow him on-stage and kept honing his craft. Hard work paid off. Word got around and Wilkinson found himself accepting offers to open for Nancy Wilson and Jennifer Holliday while their tours brought them through Houston. He sat in with Buddy Guy at his self-named hot spot in Chicago.

In 2003, Wilkinson became the newest thing on the bistro/club circuit in St. Louis after being relocated by Budweiser. Retiring in ’04 gave Wilkinson the opportunity to produce the outstanding “Welcome into me,” his latest CD of original songs. Wilkinson takes us on his journey, told through words and music, reflecting a life seen through the influences of Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, and Johnny Mathis to name only a few.

Whether playing in the intimate surroundings of the bistro set or in front of concert audiences as vocalist in The Jazz Edge and Route 66 Jazz Orchestra, Wilkinson’s personal commitment to music, his or someone else’s, shines through. Whether scatting through the Jazz classic, “Song For My Father” or his own arrangements of “Our Day Will Come” to “Makin’ Whoopee” Wilkinson makes every song his own, every time.

 

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Minister Felix Gibson Sr. is a minister who has been a member of Mount Bethel Missionary Baptist Church for 21 years and under his Pastor Steve Wooten, Felix had been involved with Hope Outreach Ministries performing a varied amount of tasks right here in St. Louis. Every Saturday they feed the homeless, provide clothing, water, and shelter. I nicknamed Minister Felix Gibson Sr. as The St. Louis Samaritan because he don’t just stop at feeding the homeless, providing food and clothing, and other essentials for the homeless; Felix makes ways, through his unwavering faith, to provide for any that come to him in need. Felix has a passion for any in need and he has a love for St. Louis. He feels much more help is needed and much too often the homeless are turned away from the people that are supposed to help. Please, if you have an outreach program that benefits the homeless, help them. Minister Felix Gibson Sr. said in the words of Jesus, when you were hungry, I feed you, when you were thirsty, I gave you something to drink and when you were without clothes, and I clothed you. Therefore, we too must do the same because they may be homeless, but they are not hopeless.

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  Hope Outreach Ministries accepts all donations. If you would like to donate to Hope Outreach Ministries contact Minister Felix Gibson Sr. at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , P.O. box 52302, 874 Prigge Rd., 314-395-3010, 314-593-0272. You can also visit Mount Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, 1600 Belt St. Louis, MO. 63112.  http://hopeoutreachstl.org/

 http://www.stlouischurches.org/Mount-Bethel-Missionary-Baptist-Church-3644.html

www.facebook.com/HopeOutreachMinistryStLouis

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Today, it's everyday people like Mr. Ron Wilkinson and Minister Felix Gibson Sr. who are making history today. When we look back one hundred years from now, we will know it's everyday people who affect others in a positive aspect, causing a change in our history? What role will you play in our present day History in the Making?

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