Henri Smith New Orleans Revue | Special Guest Wendell Brunious
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Henri Smith New Orleans Revue | Special Guest Wendell Brunious
DATE Friday, May 17, 2019
TIME 8:00PM (Doors 7:00PM)
VENUE
Gloucester Stage Company
267 East Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930
Venue Details
TICKETS ALL AGES RESERVED SEATS $30.00, $40.00
WATCH VIDEOS

Special Guest Wendell Brunious of Preservation Hall Jazz Band with Grammy-winner Amadee Castenell

"Henri represents us very well everywhere ... he does it with class and pizzazz and we love that!"

- Allen Toussaint, legendary New Orleans musician, songwriter, producer

"Like Satchmo [Louis Armstrong], Henri embodies the spirit of New Orleans Music in every performance."

- Grammy-Award winner Charles Neville of the Neville Brothers

New Orleans Singer/Bandleader Henri Smith and his 9-piece band bring the spirit and soul of New Orleans to Boston's North Shore for the premiere of gimmeLIVE's Gloucester Concert Series at the award-winning Gloucester Stage Company.

For this special premiere, Henri welcomes to the stage Grammy-winner Amadee Castenell on Sax and flute along with the former bandleader of the famed Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Wendell Brunious on trumpet and vocals.

As part of their grand finale, Henri and his band will lead a second line dance through the theater. Don't miss your only chance to see these New Orleans legends on the same stage this year!

THANK YOU TO OUR SHOW SPONSOR

HENRI SMITH VIDEOS

ABOUT HENRI SMITH


To say that Henri Smith carries the torch for New Orleans is an understatement. Here's what New Orleans Legends say:

"Henri represents us very well everywhere ... he does it with class and pizzazz and we love that!"

- Allen Toussaint, legendary New Orleans musician, songwriter, producer awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Obama

"Like Satchmo [Louis Armstrong], Henri embodies the spirit of New Orleans Music in every performance."

- Grammy-Award winner Charles Neville of the Neville Brothers

"It's a huge responsibility to do what Henri does."

- Ben Jaffe, Preservation Hall Jazz Band

New Orleans Jazz, Blues, Creole and Cajun Music Legend Henri Smith--Singer, Recording Artist, Band Leader, and Movie Actor has been selling out theatres throughout New England with his dynamic, joyful sound.

Born and raised in New Orleans' 13th Ward, Henri Smith grew up a music fan, but resisted performing for much of his life. As a boy, he was surrounded by musicians--The Neville Brothers, Papa French (of Preservation Hall Jazz Band), Dave Bartholomew, Fats Domino and many others. Henri's mother encouraged him to sing, which he did, but only in church. He also studied piano, at his mothers insistence, but in high school that conflicted with his first love, football. Football won.

After serving in the Army, Henri went home to coach and teach music camp. Plus he landed a DJ job at the famed New Orleans Jazz station WWOZ, on which he interviewed old friends and made many new ones, all of which led to his becoming the host of The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (Jazz Fest).

At the 1999 Jazz Fest, Kermit Ruffins (featured on the HBO hit series Treme) surprised Henri by calling him to the stage and asking him to sing. He got a standing ovation.

In 2001 friends convinced Henri to record a CD with many of them as guests, including Kermit Ruffins, Donald Harrison Jr, Jason Marsalis, Wendell Brunious, Tuba Fats and Cecil Brooks III, who says of Henri, "he's on the way to becoming one of the great American singers."

Too many responsibilities (included teaching, coaching, radio and now TV) prevented Henri from pursuing music.

Hurricane Katrina changed everything. In one terrible blow, all of Henri Smith's responsibilities were washed away. His father safely in Atlanta with his sister, Henri was free to leave town and visit friends north of Boston. "I decided it was finally time for me to follow my dream," says Henri. "I prayed for the Lord to send me musicians from New Orleans."

Henri's prayers were answered. He re-connected with Grammy-Award-winners Charles Neville and Amadee Castenell, along with many others who had left New Orleans.

Henri brings these old friends together with new friends from the north of Boston's burgeoning music scene to fashion a unique sound for his new northern fans.

In 2014, Henri released That's When I Know It's Mardi Gras, a live CD recorded at Beverly's Larcom Theatre, produced by Peter and Vickie Van Ness and featuring Henri on vocals with Grammy Award-winners Charles Neville and Amadee Castenell on saxophone and flute.

See full Henri Smith bio here.

ABOUT WENDELL BRUNIOUS

Trumpeter and vocalist Wendell Brunious boasts a towering musical family tree primarily flowered with trumpets. He is the son of trumpet master John "Picket" (or "Picky") Brunious Sr. and Nazimova "Chinee" Santiago, the niece of guitarist/banjoist Willie Santiago.

Brunious believes what's considered the "Brunious sound" all began with his father, John Brunious, Sr. who was a highly regarded trumpeter, arranger and composer who graduated from high school when he was just 15 and in 1935, at the age of 19, had already graduated from Juilliard, where he had been awarded a scholarship. He would go on to work with orchestras led by Cab Calloway and later Lionel Hampton.

"That 'sound' is being able to interpret ballads when you are also trying to hear the actual words coming out of the end of the trumpet." Wendell Brunious explains. "My daddy used to say this: 'If you don't know the melody, you don't know the song. 'Bourbon Street Parade,' 'Paul Barbarin's Second Line,' 'Hold that Tiger' and a million other songs have the same form but what segregates the tunes is the melody."

Brunious says he would tell his students at UNO and these days at various music clinics: "When you guys go to these colleges, if you pay attention to your New Orleans roots you're going to bring something that's not there. What's here is nowhere else."

"When we think of New Orleans, we think of somebody just pouring their heart out like any note could be your last note which I found out about a month ago," declares Brunious, referring to recently suffering a heart attack. "That's what we know, the emotion of playing. The techniques and all that stuff are almost incidental."

ABOUT AMADEE CASTENELL

from HBO's Treme: Amadee Castenell on right in light blue suit & bow tie
"When Amadee was in New Orleans we didn't leave home without him. He is our favorite saxophonist."

- Allen Toussaint

Amadee Castenell is a premier tenor saxophonist and flautist who has been nurtured by 30+ years of playing in the rich multi-layered music scene of New Orleans and appeared in HBO's hit series Treme.

From 1973-1983 he was musical director of the band Chocolate Milk, writing and performing on their 8 albums for RCA Records. For 30 years he has also been an important member of the award winning, legendary musical genius Allen Toussaint Orchestra.

When not touring, he is a much seasoned and in demand studio musician. Amadee has recorded with such legendary artists as Dr. John (Grammy award winning "Going Back to New Orleans"), Robbie Robertson ("Storyville"), Lee Dorsey ("Night People"), and Neville Brothers ("Fire on the Bayou") to name just a few. From Etta James to Idris Mohammed, Fats Domino, Irma Thomas and Albert King all have loved the tasteful phrasing of his sultry soulful saxophone.

See Amadee Castenell, Irma Thomas, Allen Toussaint, Elvis Costello, Ivan Neville, Kermit Ruffins, Dave Bartholomew and more in this music video from HBO's hit series Treme. Henri Smith will perform some of the songs from this video.

ABOUT GLOUCESTER STAGE COMPANY

The gimmeLIVE Gloucester Concert Series is presented in partnership with the award-winning Gloucester Stage Company, Cape Ann's premiere professional non-profit theater operating under the New England Area Theatres (NEAT) Actors Equity Association affiliation (as well as SDC and USA unions). Located in a century-old repurposed brick warehouse on the waterfront in Gloucester on Boston's North Shore, the organization is led by Artistic Director, Robert Walsh and Managing Director Christopher Griffith. Entering the company's 40th Season in 2019, GSC has developed diverse and loyal audiences searching for intellectually stimulating and socially relevant stories.

Gloucester Stage is a pleasant 45 minute drive up the coast from Boston with plenty of free parking available. See Map & Parking.

Gloucester Stage Company will offer Beer, Wine and snacks for all shows in gimmeLIVE's Gloucester Concert Series. More about Gloucester Stage Company here.


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