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Black Jester

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Prefiguring many Italian rock bands’ developing fixation with melody-charged progressive steel in a long time, Black colored Jester was shaped on the dawn from the 1990s by flamboyant vocalist Alex “The Jester” D’Este. Obviously seeking to Marillion’s Catch the motivation behind his impenetrably thick wordplay, D’Este corralled guitarist Paolo Viani, keyboardist Nick Angel, bassist Gil Teso, and drummer Alberto Masiero to greatly help flesh out Dark Jester’s Fantasy Theater-derived prog steel. The mixed outcomes of this could possibly be noticed on albums like 1992’s Diary of the Blind Angel, 1994’s Thanks for visiting the Moonlight Circus, and 1997’s The Divine Comedy EP (offering new keyboard participant Rocco Prete). Third , release, D’Este divide with another members from the band, a few of whom continued beneath the guise of brand-new task Moonlight Circus.

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Full Name Black Jester
Music Songs Mirrors Song, Time Theater - King of Eternity, Glance Towards the Sky, The Tower and the Minstrel, Mother Moon, Night Voices, The Wayfarer, Symphonies of Immortal Winds, Black Jester Opera, Welcome to the Moonlight Circus, Diary of a Blind Angel, Consciousness Hymn, The Labyrinth, Purgatorio, Inferno, Paradiso
Albums Diary of a Blind Angel, The Divine Comedy, Welcome to the Moonlight Circus


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#Fact
1 Spent his formative years in Homestead, Pennsylvania, where he graduated high school in 1919.
2 Had 3 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.
3 Portrayed King Moses on the syndicated radio show "Bold Venture" (1950-1952).
4 Is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated.
5 Wrote the popular Christmas song "Mary's Boy Child," a top-ten hit in 1956 for Harry Belafonte and a standard today.
6 Has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
7 Graduated from Tufts University in 1929.
8 He wrote the song, "Amen," used in the film Lilies of the Field (1963) and dubbed the singing voice for Sidney Poitier. "Amen" was a Top 10 hit in 1964 for The Impressions.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Virginian 1969 TV Series John Douglas
The Outcasts 1969 TV Series Daniel
Finian's Rainbow 1968 Passion Pilgrim Gospeleer (uncredited)
In the Heat of the Night 1967 Butler
Hazel 1964 TV Series Marvin
To Kill a Mockingbird 1962 Spence Robinson - Tom's Father (uncredited)
Have Gun - Will Travel 1962 TV Series Euclid / Old Man
Summer and Smoke 1961 Thomas (uncredited)
Thriller 1961 TV Series Papa Benjamin
The Alamo 1960 Jethro
Raymie 1960 Ransom
The Man in the Moon 1960 TV Movie
Lux Playhouse 1959 TV Series
Rawhide 1959 TV Series Zachariah
St. Louis Blues 1958 Choir Member (uncredited)
The Court of Last Resort 1958 TV Series Seth
The Thin Man 1957 TV Series Murphy - Bellhop
Studio 57 1957 TV Series Thomas
Full of Life 1956 Train Porter (uncredited)
Tension at Table Rock 1956 Black Janitor (uncredited)
The 20th Century-Fox Hour 1956 TV Series Jacob
Gunsmoke 1956 TV Series Wellington
Screen Directors Playhouse 1955 TV Series Train Cook
Pete Kelly's Blues 1955 Mourner, Pre-Credit Sequence (uncredited)
You Are There 1955 TV Series Thornton
Tarzan's Hidden Jungle 1955 Witch Doctor (uncredited)
Tanganyika 1954 Singer (uncredited)
Gypsy Colt 1954 Carl
So This Is Love 1953 Preacher (uncredited)
Your Favorite Story 1953 TV Series
The Amos 'n Andy Show 1951-1953 TV Series Henry Van Porter / Leroy Smith / Mr. Johnson / ...
We're Not Married! 1952 Lead Christmas Caroler (uncredited)
Yes Sir, Mr. Bones 1951 Jester Hairston
The Moods 1950 Short Choir Director (as Jester J. Hairston)
Folk Lore 1950 Short Choir Director (as Jester J. Hairston)
Long Remembrances 1950 Short Choir Director (as Jester J. Hairston)
Highlights of Long Ago 1950 Short Choir Director (as Jester J. Hairston)
Glory Filled Spirituals 1950 Short Choir Director (as Jester J. Hairston)
Tunes That Live 1950 Short Choir Director (as Jester J. Hairston)
Memorable Gems 1950 Short Choir Director (as Jester J. Hairston)
The Tradition 1950 Short Choir Director (as Jester J. Hairston)
Southern A Capella 1950 Short Choir Director (as Jester J. Hairston)
Cherished Melodies 1949 Short Choir Director (as Jester J. Hairston)
Melodies Reborn 1949 Short Choir Director (as Jester J. Hairston)
Symphonic Shades 1949 Short Choir Director (as Jester J. Hairston)
Melodius Sketches 1949 Short Choir Director (as Jester J. Hairston)
Visions and Voices 1949 Short Choir Director (as Jester J. Hairston)
Melodic Spirituals 1949 Short Choir Director (as Jester J. Hairston)
Treasured Ballads 1949 Short Choir Director (as Jasper J. Hairston)
Across the Pacific 1942 Passerby (uncredited)
Tales of Manhattan 1942 Undetermined Role (uncredited)
In This Our Life 1942 Black Man in Jail (uncredited)
The Vanishing Virginian 1942 Mover (uncredited)
Sullivan's Travels 1941 Charlie - Church Projectionist (uncredited)
Sundown 1941 Native Boy (uncredited)
The Green Pastures 1936 Member of Hall Johnson Choir (uncredited)
Being John Malkovich 1999 Lester's Friend (uncredited)
Family Matters 1993 TV Series William
Amen 1986-1991 TV Series Rolly Forbes
I'm Gonna Git You Sucka 1988 Pop
The Last Tycoon 1976 Waiter in Stahr's Office (uncredited)
The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings 1976 Furry Taylor
Harry O 1975 TV Series Jefferson Johnson
That's My Mama 1974-1975 TV Series Wildcat
Lady Sings the Blues 1972 The Butler
Nichols 1972 TV Series Melville

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lilies of the Field 1963 music arranger: vocal arrangements
Band of Angels 1957 choral director - uncredited
Land of the Pharaohs 1955 choral director - uncredited
Carmen Jones 1954 choral director - uncredited / vocal coach - uncredited
The Gambler from Natchez 1954 composer: additional music - uncredited
The Sun Shines Bright 1953 music arranger - uncredited
The Moods 1950 Short musical director - as Jester J. Hairston
Folk Lore 1950 Short musical director - as Jester J. Hairston
Long Remembrances 1950 Short musical director - as Jester J. Hairston
Highlights of Long Ago 1950 Short musical director - as Jester J. Hairston
Glory Filled Spirituals 1950 Short musical director - as Jester J. Hairston
Tunes That Live 1950 Short musical director - as Jester J. Hairston
Memorable Gems 1950 Short musical director - as Jester J. Hairston
The Tradition 1950 Short musical director - as Jester J. Hairston
Southern A Capella 1950 Short musical director - as Jester J. Hairston
Cherished Melodies 1949 Short musical director - as Jester J. Hairston
Melodies Reborn 1949 Short musical director - as Jester J. Hairston
Symphonic Shades 1949 Short musical director - as Jester J. Hairston
Melodius Sketches 1949 Short musical director - as Jester J. Hairston
Visions and Voices 1949 Short musical director - as Jester J. Hairston
Melodic Spirituals 1949 Short music supervisor - as Jester J. Hairston
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon 1949 choral director - uncredited
Treasured Ballads 1949 Short musical director - as Jester J. Hairston
Red River 1948 choral director - uncredited
The Foxes of Harrow 1947 vocal coach - uncredited
Duel in the Sun 1946 choral director - uncredited
The Negro Soldier 1944 Documentary short choral director - uncredited
The Vanishing Virginian 1942 music arranger: negro spirituals
Lost Horizon 1937 choral director - uncredited

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dolezal Backstage 2015 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
The Last Man on Earth 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Glee 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Top of the Pops: The Story of 1978 2013 TV Movie documentary writer: "Mary's Boy Child/Oh My Lord"
Britain's Favourite Christmas Songs 2011 TV Movie documentary writer: "Mary's Boy Child - Oh My Lord"
Sing Your Song 2011 Documentary writer: "Amen"
Loose Women 2009 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Kun joulu on - Arja Korisevan joulukonsertti 2000 TV Movie writer: "Marian poika" Mary's Boy Child
Dream a Dream: Charlotte Church in the Holy Land 2000 Video documentary writer: "Mary's Boy Child"
Personal Services 1987 writer: "Mary's Boy Child"
Top of the Pops 1978-1979 TV Series writer - 5 episodes
Finian's Rainbow 1968 performer: "The Begat" 1946 - uncredited
Lilies of the Field 1963 "Amen", uncredited / performer: "Amen" - uncredited
Tanganyika 1954 writer: "FUNERAL CHANT", "NATIVE CHANT AND DRUMS", "NUKUMBI WARRIORS' SONG", "NUKUMBI DANCE SONG" - uncredited
The Sun Shines Bright 1953 arranger: "My Old Kentucky Home", "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot", "Deep River" - uncredited

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Deep South 1930

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Amen: The Life and Music of Jester Hairston 2013 Video documentary Himself
60 Minutes Wednesday 1999 TV Series documentary Himself - Conductor (segment "Family Ties")
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1987-1990 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself
Ebony/Jet Showcase 1988 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
60 Minutes Wednesday 1999 TV Series documentary Himself - Conductor (segment "Family Ties")
John Wayne's 'The Alamo' 1992 Video documentary short Jethro

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1992 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Television On 12 February 1992. At 6161 Hollywood Blvd.


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