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Arthur is an active member of the Mason Neck Lions Club, and a piano Instructor at Music & Arts in Springfield, Va. He is currently the musical director for country star Doctor Cleve Francis, and directs Cleve’s annual show at the Birchmere Music Hall, and directed and played all keyboards on Dr Francis’ most recent 2007 album, “Storytime, live from from the Birchmere” streaming on all platforms. Arthur provides sound, records and plays about town for various performers, and as Keyboardist in local bands Jazz Trotters and the Surf Jaguars. Arthur produced the 2020 Stroke Of Luck album for the King Street Bluegrass band, and with his wife Nancy. Arthur Lisi is a father of four children and grandfather of one. Arthur has raised countless funds for human and animal charities, most recently for the homeless affected by COVID. Arthur is also a harness racehorse owner, and helps to promote the sport, along with Racehorse aftercare. He’s recently released an instrumental album available on all platforms. “Old Rhodes”
A Graduate of Catholic University with post grad studies at American University in Music Education, Arthur Lisi toured the world as Van McCoy’s music director at the dawn of the disco age in the early 70’s, One of the highlights of his time with Van McCoy was playing president Carter‘s inaugural ball. Upon Van’s untimely death in 1979, Arthur and the band that was originally put together to tour with Van played local gigs around town at popular disco dance halls in the District of Columbia area. During this time he’d arrange, copyright and record music for many colorful amateur performers, one notable Alexandria local singer songwriter, dancer and comedian Sam Lipton. After several years of free lance work and gigging, Arthur was contacted and engaged by Stu Gardner to co-direct multiple BMI award winning top Television shows, including Little Bill, The Cosby Show, and A Different World. Stu and Art later worked on the music for a production starring Melba Moore, “Four Little Golden Girls”, that looked back at the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham Alabama. Article “Melba Moore adds her Tony-winning talent to Miles College’s ‘Four Little Golden Girls”
Arthur Lisi 2021 radio interview:
Arthur tells all in this recent interview with DJ Wayne Kahn of WOWD Takoma Park Radio. Aired live on his DC Roots Of Music show on May 26th, 4-6pm. Now up on Mixcloud. Listen to it here on the web, or in the app!
A blast from the Washington DC Disco scene!
About the Album
Three songs total. Two songs, “Bob’s Berimbau” and “John’s Vibe,” recorded in the ‘70s disco era in Washington, DC were unearthed and restored. The songs would have been heard at dance clubs such as the Harambe House and the historic and iconic Clubhouse. The third song, “Old Rhodes,” was recently composed using the same Fender Rhodes that Arthur played in the ‘70s.
The band toured the world with Van McCoy (famous for “the Hustle”), playing for President Carter to the King of Thailand. Later, upon McCoy’s untimely death, they played clubs in the District of Columbia.
Players on Bob’s Berimbau and John’s Vibe are Dennis Richie (guitar), James Funches (bass), John Wares (conga and vibes) and Arthur Lisi (keyboard). Recordings were restored and mastered by Ben Green of Ivakota Studios, Washington, DC.