We continue our daily profiles of the musicians involved in the making of the Brooklyn Babylon recording with a look at lead trumpeter Seneca Black.
Seneca grew up in the unicorportated community of Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania. As a teenager, he met Wynton Marsalis at a workshop, and thanks in part to Wynton's encouragement, he ended up moving to New York and enrolling at the Manhattan School of Music. After a year at MSM, at age 18 he was invited to join the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, in which he played lead trumpet for seven years. Now a freelancer, he is regular with Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra, the Arturo O'Farrill Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, and Andrew D'Angelo's DNA Big Band, among others. He has also performed with artists as varied as Chico O'Farrill, Michel Camilo, Diana Krall, Bruce Springsteen, and Jay-Z.
Seneca remains unaware of Zach Lober's Secret Society+Jay Z mashup because he is a committed Luddite and does not own a compter. Or a television. He is also the only Society co-conspirator without a website. Radio, he likes. His personal hero is Steve Somers. In addition to his musical career, Seneca has appeared onstage in Off--Off Brodway productions by Ticket 2 Eternity Productions and Turtle Shell Productions. He trained as an actor at the legendary Lee Strasberg Institute. If you watch carefully, you can see him as an extra (Seneca tells me the preferred term is "background actor") in the season finale of 30 Rock.
As part of our fundraising efforts for our upcoming recording, Brooklyn Babylon, we are offering you the opportunity to sponsor a Secret Society musician. If you would like to sponsor Seneca's appearance on our new album, or lend your support at any level, you have four days left to be part of our Kickstarter campaign.
MUSICIANS AVAILABLE FOR SPONSORSHIP: Erica von Kleist • Rob Wilkerson • Sam Sadigursky • John Ellis • Josh Sinton • Seneca Black • Tom Goehring • Matt Holman • Nadje Noordhuis • Ryan Keberle• James Hirschfeld • Sebastian Noelle • Gordon Webster • Matt Clohesy • Jon Wikan