Peter Besel was born and raised in Woodinville Washington just thirty minutes outside of Seattle. He is currently working at Parcion Private Wealth after graduating with a degree in Finance from the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington. His inspiration for writing for BlackPast comes from his former professor, Quintard Taylor, who displayed a passion for honoring the excellence of the people featured on this site. He hopes that his writings will inform the people reading them of the importance of black history and its effect on our culture.
In 1964, seven friends from Jersey City, New Jersey, including Robert “Kool” Bell on bass and his brother Ronald Bell on keyboards, decided to perform together as an instrumental jazz and soul group named the Jazziacs. The other original members included Robert Mickens on trumpet, … Read MoreKool and the Gang (1964- )