Charles Neville

By Berkshire Gateway Jazz Weekend (other events)

Saturday, September 15 2012 2:00 PM 4:00 PM

Charles Neville, the second oldest Neville brother, is a masterful musician. Charles’s saxophone work in his 50 year career has included rhythm & blues, funk, jazz, bebop, popular, and Native American music. Best known for his work with his brothers in the New Orleans funk-pop group the Neville Brothers, he cites as influences Louis Jordan, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins and Professor Longhair. Neville has played with R&B greats including Johnny Ace, Little Walter, Jimmy Reed, Big Maybelle, James Brown, B.B. King, Bobby Bland and Ray Charles. At home in New Orleans, he played saxophone behind Allen Toussaint, James Booker, Ernie K-Doe and Huey “Piano” Smith.