Nathan B. Alford, Jr.
Fondly known was Nate, Rallo, Uncle Nate and Ray, Nathaniel B Alford Jr. was born on November 16, 1950 to Nathaniel and Thelma Alford as the eldest of their four children. Nathan was a native of Chicago, moving with his family to Los Angeles in the late 50's. He attended Verbum Dei High School and California State University, Los Angeles, earning an AA degree in Gerontology. Nathan became active in a few home-grown bands and developed a love for playing percussion as a teen.
Over the years, Nathan was employed at several companies servicing his community. However, the work that he enjoyed most was the various administrative and research positions held at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science.
Nathan was a proud member of Crenshaw Christian Center and served in Helps Ministry, playing percussion in the band. He went on to become an accomplished percussionist, accompanying and touring with acclaimed Christian and secular artist such as Chuck Mangione, Donna Summers, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Phillip & Brenda Nicholas, Rodney Friend, and Patrice Rushen. His music career was dear to his heart. He approached it with such enthusiasm and perfection, earning him the nickname "One-Take- Nate"!
An inspiration to many, Nathan leaves to cherish his memory, his 96 year old mother, Thelma; three children, Mathew, Aleah, and Joshua; his wife of 15 years Rhonda; his sister and brother-in-law Edward & Carolyn Turner;his brother and sister-in-law Stephen & Stella Alford, and many nieces, nephews,cousins, and friends
James L. Moore
James Moore was an outstanding trumpet and flugelhorn player. He spent his early years as most of us African-American baby boomer musicians playing in R&B, Jazz and Funk bands.
James exhibited extreme dexterity and command of his instruments. He had what is known as “good solo chops”, and he could make that trumpet “scream”, meaning playing with ease very high notes in the upper register of the instrument.
He was also able to capture the smooth and mellow personality and characteristic of the flugelhorn.
James and Nathan Alford were good friends and were bandmates at Crenshaw Christian Center Church in Los Angeles. They could quite often be seen on the bandstand during rehearsals and warm-ups discussing musical concepts and interpretations to get the best out of a performance.
James also had a heart for youth. He worked as a youth officer and counselor for Los Angeles County. James will always be remembered for is energetic yet easy going bubbly personality and sense of humor.
In honor and loving memory of great musicians Nathan B. Alford Jr. & James L. Moore
Nathan B. Alford Jr. and James L. Moore were prolific musicians. As you can see from reading Nathan’s information, he worked with some of the greatest musicians and entertainers of our time. And that list is by no means complete.
James L. Moore spent his early years involved in playing in the secular music industry. After dedicating his life to the Lord Jesus Christ. He spent his latter years in church music ministry.
Both men had a heart for inner-city kids and worked extensively with children and young adults in the area of music education as well as life training. Nathan exuded excitement when discussing with friends and musicians teaching sessions and demonstrations he had with youth on the basics and intricacies of playing the many percussion instruments. As noted, James was also a county juvenile officer who love working with youth by leading and guiding them onto the right path of life.
The focus and direction of The Alford-Moore Foundation, Inc. will incorporate the life missions and work of both Nathan and James. The foundation will focus on inner-city youth music programs providing scholarships and financial aid to eligible students. The Foundation will also provide scholarships for inner-city music students to attend college.