“Positively Swing’s” Jeffery Allen Spence and Rique
Unity Church of San Antonio (UCSA) is delighted to inform you of two very special guests on Sunday November 11. Former UCSA music director Jeffery Allen Spence and Rique will provide the music for the 11: 00 a.m. service.
Having now been in the music business for over 40 years, Jeffery Allen Spence began his professional career at the age of 15 playing in successful jazz trios, serving as pianist in the Bill Causey Orchestra (Shreveport La) and big band arranger for the Louisiana pageant system. During his high school years he was music director for numerous theatrical productions (i.e. Oklahoma) and leading his own jazz/rock performance groups.
After high school, he studied music, languages and theology at 6 different universities which included jazz studies programs at Loyola University New Orleans and University of New Orleans where he studied piano under Ellis Marsalis.
In the late 70’s he toured the world with a touring band from Oral Roberts University, Living Sound. This stint included playing such high profile gigs as Shea Stadium (40,000 ppl) and European events.
During the 80’s Jeffery acted as piano conductor for Fiesta Texas (San Antonio, Gaylord Entertainment), orchestrated for Miss America, Cheryl Pruitt Blackwood and pianist duties for the traveling Broadway cast of Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Strand Theatre).
He has performed with such artists as Brook Benton, Jimmy Witherspoon, Marva Wright, Brian Blade, Everett Harp and has opened for such groups as Spyro Gyra and the Neville Brothers. After establishing his show on Bourbon St., (New Orleans) Jeff did his first recording “Rockin Louisiana Man” for Rabadash Records of New Orleans and was later picked up by BMG Europe. This success prompted many European and Canadian tours. Click here to learn more.
Currently a member of The Los Angeles Writers Center, Riqué’s destiny was cemented with his debut in the Children’s Chorus of “La Boheme” with Met Opera star Paul Plishka. Between those bookends, Rique’s journey has included stints at The Nashville Repertory Theatre, featured roles in independent films and made-for-TV Movies, a costarring role in the hit series “Nashville” and a recurring role in the series “Get Thee Behind Me”. He has also hosted shows on CMT and Shop At Home. His voice over work has included narrating the “Chicken SOUP For the Diabetic Soul” audio book and he has recorded with Emmylou Harris. His songs have been covered by pop and country artists including Sheryl Lee Ralph, The Miracles and The Sweethearts of the Rodeo. He has written three soul-baring one-man shows including informational musical empowerment “Beauty Simplified” and the coming of age and awareness “Centered in the Storm.” He has 2 albums STILL STANDING and RISQUÉ featuring originals and standards and excerpts from his Risqué Cabaret.
Riqué was nominated for “Best Featured Actor in a Musical” in Broadway World and recently won “Best Cameo” for the Circle Theater Awards for his King Herod in Jesus Christ Superstar.
Jeffery and Rique will be featured locally in “Positively Swing” on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 8: 00 p.m. You can purchase tickets and get more information here.