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Little, Charles F., Jr.

(born: 1949) 

Charles F. Little, Jr., born in Memphis, TN, graduated from Kentucky State University with a B.S. in Music Education, then earned his M.S. in Secondary Education at the University of Kentucky. He was a band director in the Fayette County Public Schools for 30 years and taught music to more than 4,500 students from 1971 to 2001.

He was also the band director/keyboard instructor at the Academy of Lexington, teaching 120 students classroom piano from 2001 to 2005. The Lexington Traditional Magnet School Band Room was named in his honor in 2001. To date, he has also provided private piano lessons to 175 students and organ lessons to five students of all ages in Fayette County and eight surrounding counties.

Little has been the musical director, pianist, and coordinator of hundreds of programs, productions, and performances dating back to the 1960s. Most recently he was the musical director of the off-Broadway production of Crowns, Actors Guild of Lexington, KY, 2005-2006. He has performed on programs with Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Rev. James Cleveland, Larnelle Harris, the Rev. Billy Graham (Subsidiary) Crusade, Dr. Bobby Jones and New Life, and Miss Albertina Walker.

Charles Little has also received a number of awards, including the Teachers Who Made a Difference Award from the College of Education at the University of Kentucky in 2003. He is the author of Praise Him with the Gospel: Black gospel piano music arrangements, book 1 & 2, with accompanying sound cassettes. He was the developer and editor of Orchestrating the Perfect Meal, a cookbook published in 2000.

Charles Little has recorded with the United Voices of Lexington on "Genesis" and the Wesley United Voices on "We've Come to Praise Him"; provided piano accompaniment on the Lexington musical "Madame Belle Brezing"; and performed on many other recordings.

For more information see M. Davis, "Teacher's not changing his tune," Lexington Herald Leader, 3/23/2003, City/Region section, B, p. 1; S. Dobbins, "Charles F. Little, Jr.: music master of all," Tri-State Defender, 3/10/1999, p. 2B; and the Resume of Charles F. Little, Jr.

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NKAA Entry: Harris, Larnelle
NKAA Source: Praise him with the gospel; Black gospel piano music arrangements
NKAA Source: Orchestrating the perfect meal
NKAA Source: Lexington herald-leader (newspaper)
NKAA Source: Tri-state defender (newspaper)
NKAA Source: Resume of Charles F. Little, Jr.

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