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Nate "Suave" Cameron Jr.

 

 

Nate “Suave” Cameron,(Cultural Arts Curator/Performing and Teaching Artist/Artist Management & Development), born and raised in the Uptown New Orleans area, Nate also known by his performing artist name, Suave, has been gracing clubs, music venues, and festival stages at an early age. After being a woodwind section leader for the world-renowned St. Augustine High School “Marching 100,” he moved on to obtain a music business and performance degree from Tennessee State Univ. in Nashville while working as a demo vocalist for many major label artists and publishing companies and producer for international artists as from Amsterdam, Stuttgart, Germany, London, Curacao, and more. After being signed to UPT/Atlantic Records for 3 years with out a release, Suave founded BFAM Music Group (later merged with GPNYC Records), his own music label, publishing company, event company, recording studio, and a non-profit for urban artists that served as an incubator (Urban Impresario). He has helped to uplift black communities via the cultural arts in his hometown of New Orleans, Nashville, Cincinnati, Den Helder, Netherlands, and many more.  In 2015 Nate relocated to Oakland, Ca. and started working closely with the Golden Gate Community Association(GGCA), the California Symphony's Sound Minds After School Music Program, 

As a community leader, arts activist, cultural curator, and inspired educator, Nate prides himself on making a positive impact on the youth and families in his neighborhood, current city of residence, and hometown. His willingness to learn while serving has equipped him with the experience, skills, and tools neccessary to to take on roles from classroom instruction, event coordination, community outreach, and more.

 

In addition to being bass drummer, lead vocalist, and business manager for MJ's Brass Boppers, Nate is lead vocalist of Oakland based pysc-funk and soul fusion band, CitizenFive, Tour Manager of award-winning band Tank and The Bangas, and co-Founder of the Bay Area based cultural event company Them People Productions along with his wife Krystle.


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MJ's Brass Boppers

Attending a MJ’s Brass Boppers shows is the next best thing to following a brass band down New Orleans’ famed Claiborne Ave. The swinging and singing brass-line is the Bay Area’s only New Orleans-style brass band whose founding and leading members were born and raised in New Orleans itself.

This group’s sound has been meticulously formed over years of practicing and experimenting together from concert halls to street corners, fusing classic cultural New Orleans performance with funk, jazz, modern pop, and a second line twist.

Since 2008, the tight knit musicians have written, practiced, and performed together at festivals, community events, nightclubs, and street corners around the Bay Area and beyond. They’ve opened for a variety of acts, including George Clinton & Funkadelic, The O’Jays, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave, Funky Meters, George Porter Jr., Zigaboo Modeliste, Katdelic, and many more.

Together, these musicians come together as the versatile MJ’s Brass Boppers, offering a taste of authentic New Orleans style with a West Coast flair