Revolutionary Snake Ensemble
Venue Address (Get Directions)Iron Horse Music Hall
Date and Time
Tuesday, February 12th, 2013 at 7:30pm
Mardi Gras Party featuring Revolutionary Snake Ensemble with special guest Charles Neville Featuring: Ken Field - alto sax/leader Tom Hall - tenor sax Jerry Sabatini - trumpet Danny Heath - trombone Dave Harris - trombone/tuba Blake Newman - acoustic bass Phil Neighbors - drums plus Special guest, Charles Neville - saxCHARLES NEVILLE: ----------------------------- Born in 1938 in New Orleans, Grammy-winning saxophonist Charles Neville gained international acclaim as a member of the Neville Brothers band, the "First Family of Funk". In addition, Neville has performed with James Brown, B.B. King, Bobby Bland, Ray Charles, Allen Toussaint, James Booker, Ernie K-Doe, Wilson Pickett, Big Joe Turner, and many more, and has led his own band, Diversity, since 1991. REVOLUTIONARY SNAKE ENSEMBLE: ------------------------------------------------------- Formed in 1991 by saxophonist Ken Field and trumpeter Scott Getchell, the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble is a funk & street beat improvisational brass band performing a unique blend of original and traditional music. Leader Ken Field is a longtime member of the acclaimed modern music ensemble Birdsongs of the Mesozoic, and an active composer and performer. In addition to guest Charles Neville, the band will include Jerry Sabatini/tpt, Ken Field/sax, Tom Hall/sax, Dave Harris/tbn& tuba, Phil Neighbors/drm, Blake Newman/bass. The group's most recent CD, "Forked Tongue", spent 2 months on the CMJ North American jazz top 20 chart, and appeared on best-of-year lists in the Village Voice & in Estonia, plus in Georgia, Wisconsin, Kansas, Michigan, Massachusetts, Ohio, and NY. The disc features unique treatments of music by Field, Ornette Coleman, Billy Idol, and others. Notable Revolutionary Snake Ensemble performances have included the Krewe of Muses Mardi Gras Parade (New Orleans); the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (DC); Tonic (NYC); the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston); the Brooklyn Academy of Music (NY); the Puffin Cultural Forum (New Jersey); Berklee Performance Center (Boston); and many other venues. The Snake Ensemble has traveled by train six times from Boston to New Orleans, playing on board the Amtrak Crescent, to march with the Krewe of Muses in their annual Mardi Gras parade. The Ensemble can be heard performing Field's original music on "Parade of Numbers", an animated counting piece regularly aired on the television program "Sesame Street". RSE's debut release, "Year of the Snake", includes music by Field, Sun Ra, John Scofield, James Brown, and others, and was listed as one of the top discs of the year on New York NPR affiliate WNYC, in the New Orleans Gambit Weekly, and on Radio Popolare in Milan, Italy.