Dr. Longineu Parsons is an internationally performing trumpeter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, singer, and educator. Dr. Neu earned his Masters in Classical Performance and his Doctorate in Classical Composition from the University of Florida, and currently serves as Professor of Trumpet and Composition at Florida A&M University. Dr. Neu has perfomed in over thirty countries throughout North, South, and Central America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and has worked with Jazz luminaries such as Billy Harper, Doc Severinson, Branford Marsalis, Herbie Mann, Cab Calloway, David Murry, Frank Foster, Wallace Roney, Bobby Watson, Billy Hart, Philly Joe Jones, Sun Ra, and Nat Adderley. A master of multiple styles, Dr. Neu is a leading figure driving a current artistic trend of interdisciplinary thought, the valuing of universal sources and the coming together of all musical styles into one universal genre; music. Longineu has earned the reputation as one of one of the best trumpet players in the world and will be remembered as on of the great artistic innovators of the 21st century.
"I have had the pleasure of watching and being a part of the development of this sensitive and creative musician, who also happens to be a fine human being. Keep an eye out for Zac Chester, he's going somewhere"
-Dr. Longineu Parsons
Zac is the keyboard player, artist manager and media director for Captive Eddies, a trending nationally touring band. Captive Eddies is known for captivating live performances and strong song writing. The group delivers an uplifitng message and creatively mixes various musical styles to create a unique sound.
After graducation from UF with a masters in Classical Performance (2016), Zac served as Adjunct Professor in the UF Jazz studies department from 2016-2018. He taught courses in Jazz Fundamentals 1, Jazz Fundamentals 2, Jazz History, Jazz Improvisation, Arranging and Composition, Jazz Aural Skills, Jazz Piano, and has directed both large and small ensembles. He has been co-developer of national online course delivery systems, and has taught over a thousand students online for higher education.
"It is such a pleasure to have an opportunity to share my thoughts regarding the talent and professionalism of my good friend, Zac Chester. Zac joined my group, The Phil Morrison Trio, while still a student at the University of North Florida and the growth that he has displayed since then is just amazing.
The repertoire for my group consisted of many of my original tunes, as well as jazz standards, which required quite a bit of reading music and learning tunes frequently played by jazz groups. Zac hit the road runnin' and hasn't stopped yet. I am particularly impressed with Zac's ability to capture the feeling of what I intended for a tune, and add his unique style of passionate playing....frequently with the animated movement of an athlete.
-Phil Morrison (AJP Records recording artist, President of The World Unity Jazz Ensemble, internationally recognized composer and winner of the 2008 Beijing Olympics song competition, internationally performing jazz bassist).
Original P Funk
Zac Performed keyboards with Grady "Shady" Thoman, Rock n Roll Hall of Fame Inductee and original member of Parliment Funkadelic.
Santa Fe College
Zac now serves as Adjunct Professor at Santa Fe College teaching Music Theory and accompanying Modern Dance courses.
Family Life Fellowship of Arlington
For over five years, Zac served as the organist and keyboardist at Family Life Fellowship under the guidance of Family Life Fellowship Musical Director, John Lumpkin Jr.
Zac Chester can be heard on the album Aerialistic. Aerial Tribe was a band based out of Jacksonville Florida known for high energy performances, musicianship and for being an influential group in the Jacksonville, Florida music scene. Zac did an East coast tour, NYC performances and a variety of gigs as a keyboardist for the band. Led by vocalist Patrick Evan McMillan, bassist Jared May and guitarist and vocalist Jessie Cruz, Aerial Tribe is a great example of the inspiring talent coming out of Jacksonville Florida's rich and diverse music scene.
Zac Chester started his solo piano career at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Fl., where he performed for over five years.
Zac Chester has performed at The Cloister, St Simons Island, Georgia as a solo pianist for the last decade. He also has performed at the Sea Island resorts as a sideman and pianist for numerous high end ensembles.
Zac Chester is currently working with Scott Freed as a keyboardist, co-producer and recording artist. As an accomplished song writer, producer and internationally performing artist, Scott worked closely with Bo Didley as Bo's backup guitarist for much of Bo's Didley's career. Scott is known as Bo Didley's protege, and has also been a member of the Original P-Funk for close to two decades. Scott is currently working as the executive producer for OP's upcoming album.
Rhett's Piano Bar
Zac Chester served as the musical director, band leader and solo pianist for Rhett's Piano Bar, St. Augustine, Fl., from 2010 to 2012.
Zac Chester has performed as a pianist in a number of Jeremy Davis's bands, including The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra. Based out of Savannah Georgia, Jeremy's bands tour both nationally and internationally and spread the unique genius and tradition of The Great American Songbook and the authentic jazz and swing big band.
Zac Chester performed at The Performing Arts Center, Gainesville Fl, in 2014 as a duo with internationally touring singer and song writer Perla Batalla.
Embers Wood Grill
Zac Chester managed a five year weekly gig at Embers Wood Grill, Gainesville Fl.