Matilda Haywood
(Music Director - Piano & Keyboards)

A native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Matilda began playing the piano at the ripe age of two years, and vocalizing followed by the time she was three years old. She has studied music performance and composition at Malcolm X Community College and The American Conservatory of Music in Chicago. Matilda has been featured in many clubs and theatrical productions since coming to Los Angeles, including Music Director for The Vision Complex (Maria Gibbs), Music Director/Choral Instructor for Carlson Public Schools (Hospital Schools), principle role in Satchmo, touring off-Broadway show, featured music role in the Warner Bros. movie Class Act, Carribean Cruise for Royal Princess Lines and has performed on the same bill with the world-renowned Stylistics, Coasters, and Cramatics.
 
 
 
Maia Harper
(Musicial Supervisor - Harp/Flute/Ensemble)

Maia has numerous, notable stage, film, television, discography and voice over credits.   Having performed throughout the USA, Brazil, and Mozambique, this SAG/AFTRA actor is also proficient with flute, vibraphone, harp, etc.   As an accomplished vocalist, song writer, composer and member of Chicago based AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians) she has performed with Jazz Masters Wadada Leo Smith, James Newton, Lester Bowie, Amina Claudine Myers, George Lewis, etc.   Maia has appeared on Lifetime's Strong Medicine , India.Arie's "The Little Things" music video, House of Blues Blues School House , several national commercials, films and television pilots. Maia was invited to compose music for Diaries of God's Perfect Nectar produced by Kelitta Smith, of the The Bernie Mac Show .    Maia is Musical Director at Escuela Elementary Center and Vocal Coach and Musical Director at Performing Arts Studio West - a professional training center for adult performers with developmental disabilities (www.pastudiowest.com).   "Thank you Creator for the gift, Michael Ajakwe for recognizing it and my husband Donn Carl Harper for his continued love and support."
 
 
 
Eugene Chapman
(Musician - Saxophone)

Formerly, a music major at Morgan State University, the Sykesville, MD native started playing the saxophone at the age of nine. Eugene has played with the U.S. Navy Band, Morgan State Band, Morgan State Choir, Maryland Intercollegiate Band, Def Soul recording artist Jonell, Arista recording artist Vanessa Marques, keyboardist Dave Schulz (Goo Goo Dolls, English Beats), and Marva King (Prince, Stevie Wonder). His theater works include the Encore Theater in Baltimore, MD. Plays such as Marvin Oh Marvin`(Marvin Gaye Tribute) and Meet Me With Your Black Drawers On (Blues Revue). He's done jam sessions with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Wayne Linsey, Sekou Bunch, and C.C. Deville of Poison. He currently resides in the San Fernando Valley and is part of the funk-rock band Se7ven. Se7ven is currently signed to Black Keyz Ent. Eugene is putting the final touches on Se7ven's debut CD. Also, he is planning to embark on the "Hartcore" tour with Se7ven this fall on the college circuit. His influences are P-Funk, Prince, Maceo Parker, Earth, Wind, and Fire, Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Steeley Dan.
 
 
 
William Malachi Nathan
(Musician - Bass)

William was born in San Diego.   At the age of seven, he began to play the violin in elementary school.   Then in junior high school, he progressed to the bass violin.   In high school he played the baritone and the tuba in the marching band and progressed to play bass in various R&B   and jazz groups.   He later moved to LA and began performing with such great artists as Ronnie Laws and the Pressure Group.   He then moved on to collaborate with many greats like Ellis Hall, Bennie Maupin, King Ernest, Bobby Lyle, Mayuto Correa, Ndugu Chancler, and many more.
 
 
 
Derrick A. Womack
(Musician - Drums)

Following a distinguished career with the U.S. Navy, Derrick has served in management for two music companies over the past five years - Barco and Ro Ro Records & Entertainment, Inc.   In 1999, the dream of participating in the music business became a reality when Derrick's musical interest began as a young child when his instrument of choice was the drums.   He has perfomed with 3 rd Scenario, Daryl Spencer and Sessions, Code 6, Gerald Albright, Himilaya and others.
 
 
 
Darryl R. Spencer
(Musician - Guitar)

This California native possesses a combination of contemporary and progressive guitar styling that are distinctly unique creating a blend of R&B and Jazz.   Darryl performed at the 2001 Pasadena Promotional Jazz Concert for the Playboy Jazz Festival, and performed for the NAACP.   Darryl is a guitarist for several prominent artists, such as Rochelle, Gerald Albright, and Grammy-winning West Coast rap icon, Andrew Young aka Dr. Dre.   Darryl opened for Jeffrey Osborne and the House Of Blues (1998-1999).   Darryl and his band are providing the music behind the "Neo Soul Unplugged" series to be aired on BET and VH1 which features such notable artists as Chico Debarge, Amil Lereaus, Jon B, Chante' Moore, Kenny Latimore, and Jill Scott.   Darryl also laid the guitar track on the BET Comedy Hour theme song.   As a Songwriter, he has collaborated with prominent industry names, such as Wanda Hutchinson of the Emotions, Doland Tavie, Norman Connors, Marion Meadows, Wayne Vaughn, Gerald Albright, Chuckil Booker, etc.  
 
 
 
Garland W. Jackson
(Musician - Alto Saxophone)

Owning the title "The Funky Sax Man" for the last 35- years, Garland is no stranger to playing in a variety of musical settings. Making his recording debut in Don't Give Up with Louis Jean Paul, Garland's musical credits go on to include Brigadoon, Grease, Hello Dolly, and the film soundtrack Moving Train. He credits his late grandfather, parents, and high school band instructor for being a well-rounded musician.
 
 
 
Dee Suiter
(Musician - Percussion)

Dee was raised in a musically influenced home in Washington D.C. Her first exposure to music was when she was four years old. At the time, her Dad was managing Curtis Mayfield. Curtis' keyboardist and friend, who happened to be the late-great Donny Hathaway, would sit her on his knee and teach her how to play songs. Because her Dad has been a manager for some of the biggest acts in music today, Dee has always been around "major artists." "It seems weird now that I think about it, but I had people like Curtis Mayfield, Gladys Knight, Patti Labelle, Marvin Gaye, Jerry Butler, The Ojay's, Donny Hathaway, Elton John, and so on in my house from time to time and at that time, it didn't seem like a big deal. Now as I reflect on it, there was some really huge musical history thing happening there." Dee taught herself how to read music and play seven different instruments - keyboards, bass, lead guitar, violin, flute and of course, percussion and drums. Dee has gone on to play for some of the biggest artists in the industry, Salt-n-Pepa, The Brothers Johnson, Phil Upchurch, Justin Timberlake, and Janet Jackson. Amongst Dee's many musical talents, she has written, arranged, produced, engineered, and mixed all of her own songs, composed music for various film/TV projects and several other major artists.
 
 
 
 
Julius "TJ" Hudson
(Musician - Trumpet)

Classically trained on the trumpet and flugelhorn, his unique blend has notably engaged and captivated audiences worldwide. Simply enthralling, one can't help but delight in his soulful expression. From his island roots in Jamaica to the streets of New York, TJ was heavily influenced at age thirteen by his greatest mentor, an accomplished Jazz musician uncle who indoctrinated his appreciation and fusion style of R&B and Bebop. He then perfected his skills under the tutelage of world renowned trumpet master's Claude Gordon and Uan Rasey. Soon to release his second CD, TJ has played in the southland with Billy Mitchell, Ray Charles Band, Peter White and is currently touring in California with his own jazz quintet known as TJQ. By trade a sound engineer, music teacher and consultant, TJ worked with the Roland Company US for eleven years and received his BS in attendance of Cornell University and Cal Poly Pomona. TJ is also a 3rd degree black belt in HapKido and spends his spare time running marathons around the world.

"Michael Ajakwe, Jr.'s delightful new musical featuring the songs of Patti LaBelle, Body Language, is bringing down the house at Stage 52. This is a show with a big future ahead of it, and this is your chance to be able to tell your friends in upcoming years, 'I saw the very first production!!!'
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED." -
Jacob Clark, NOHO LA The Megazine

"This good-natured, rousing new musical seeks to entertain-- a goal it accomplishes so well... Fredericka Meek's voice could move mountains... Also marvelous is the nine-pieced band and quartet of backup singers-- one of whom (Christopher Emmons) does an astonishing turn as LaBelle in her signature number 'Lady Marmalade.' " RECOMMENDED! - Erin Aubry-Kaplan, LA Weekly

"Mr. Ajakwe has assembled a menagerie of some of the best, undiscovered talent in the music and dance industries to deliver his tribute to Wild Patti in musical form to a very appreciative audience." - Carl E. Betts, Pasadena Journal

"Writer/producer Michael Ajakwe Jr. has a hit with his production of 'Body Language (Featuring the Songs of Patti LaBelle)' ... The entire cast is strong, however, Fredericka Meek is the superstar of the production and does an excellent job in the lead role of Tina." - Cynthia Manker, Inglewood Today Weekly