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Charles Neville is one of the Neville Brothers, a collective of four talented brothers and powerfully unique personalities who have thrived on an explosive fusion of diversity and unity. They are world-famous for their embodiment of the New Orleans sound.
Charles’ brothers affectionately refer to him as "The Horn Man." His saxophone won him a Grammy in 1989 for his haunting rendition of "Healing Chant" on the Yellow Moon CD. But the instrument's history goes way back for this artist with five decades of musical experience, long predating the formation of the family band in 1977. Charles began his musical career as a saxophonist in the mid 1950s, playing with local artists such as Kris Kenner, Allen Toussaint, Fats Domino, and James Booker. In his formative years he toured through the segregated South with rhythm and blues, jazz, and rock and roll artists: Big Joe Turner,Larry Williams, B.B. King, Big Maybelle and Jimmy Reed, among others.
Charles’ musical expression has been deepened by years of performing and recording with many acclaimed jazz, funk, and rock musicians, including: John Hammond, Billy Higgins, Tiny Grimes, George Coleman, Jack Bruce, Steve Swallow, Robby Amin, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, Giovanni Hidalgo, Herbie Hancock, Archie Shepp, Avery Sharpe, Dr. John, Lou Soloff, John Stubblefield, Carlos Santana, Bonnie Raitt, the Grateful Dead, Carmen Lundy, and others.
Charles brings his own lyricism and funky rhythms to jazz performances with his quartet featuring a revolving line-up of talented jazz artists. He also tours with Youssoupha Sidibe, sharing a beautiful fusion of West African sacred music and African American music.