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UNH to Host a Performance and Talk by Musician Charles Neville

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2/4/2014 9:00 PM

February 4, 2014

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WEST HAVEN, CONN. – Charles Neville, a Grammy award winning musician, will talk about the experience of being a black musician traveling in the south beginning in the 1960s.

The talk will be Feb. 23, at 4 p.m.; a performance of The Charles Neville Quintet will follow at 6 p.m.

The event will be one of many Black History Month events sponsored by the University of New Haven’s department of music, black student union and student chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will take place at Dodds Theater on UNH’s main campus, 300 Boston Post Road.

Tickets are free for UNH students, $5 for UNH faculty and staff and $10 for the general public.

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Charles Neville and Jon Fisher

Neville performs with various groups. Members of the quintet include Neville, Jon Fisher, drums; Sarah Hubbard, violin; Ben Kohn, piano and John Suters, bass.

Exposed to music from an early age in his New Orleans household, Neville began playing saxophone at a young age. In 1976, he and three brothers, Art (keyboards), Aaron (singer), and Cyril(percussionist and singer) started The Neville Brothers, a music group known for their mixture of blues and funk. Charles, the second oldest sibling, credits his uncle, George Landry for bringing his brothers together.

Although Charles lives in Massachusetts, he joined his brothers in New Orleans in 2008 at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. These days, he often performs with his daughter, Charmaine Neville.

For more information, call 203-932-7101.

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