In the tradition of Count Basie and his orchestra, Grammy-nominated pianist Ricardo Scales delivered an evening of inspiring and humorous performances with his inaugural “Get To Know Me” concert that featured music legend Pete Escovedo and sons.
The show re-introduced local phenoms Brenda Lowe, saxophonist Breno Brown, Devine and former BAMMY host Bishop L.E. Franklin while uncovering the hidden talent of the United Voices of Jones Choir. The December 15th concert was the first of a series that will be performed at Jones Memorial United Method Church in San Francisco.
Scales served as the evening’s maestro along with co-host and Jones UMC member Tina Richey. The passionate and graceful performances of Escovedo and his sons reminded the San Francisco community what sixty years of what working with legends in the music industry and mentoring Escovedo’s own family can produce. Scales’ blended orchestral strings, a riveting rhythm section with his beloved keyboard style to present his most popular original composition Mujer Latina, a favorite regularly aired on KKSF For Ricardo, utilizing his God-given talent to be a commercial success has never been enough. Ricardo strives to uplift his community, by recognizing Bay Area pioneers and contributors that included Ricardo’s mother Patience Scales. Scales is also committed to the development of unrecognized talent, reminiscent of himself who overcame adversity. Scales commitment assures future generations have access to display their talents and benefit from their exposure to the community.
A portions of proceeds from the concert series will go towards Jones UMC and the “Get To Know Me Academy”, an organization dedicated to providing recording studio access and scholarships to talent world-wide.
Jones UMC Senior Pastor Harold G. Gordon added extra excitement to the event when he accepted an on-the-spot invitation to display his dance moves to the tune of a Latin rendition of Stevie Wonder’s “You are the Sunshine of my Life.” The positive energy generated by the evening’s festivities created a spark that will assure an enduring legacy for the foundation Ricardo has established with this first concert. The next concert is scheduled to occur during Black History Month February 2020.