HENRI SMITH NEW ORLEANS
FRIENDS & FLAVOURS
FEAT. AMADEE CASTENELL
*VIP includes Premium Seating, Exclusive Early Entry & Celebrate Gloucester Commemorative VIP Laminate Celebrate Gloucester Benefit Music Series is sponsored by:
Portions of the proceeds benefit Cape Ann YMCA Camping & Teen Services
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Have you ever danced in a second line?
Once again New Orleans Jazz, Blues, Creole and Cajun Music Legend Henri Smith headlines a Celebrate Gloucester benefit concert to help raise money for Cape Ann YMCA Camping & Teen Services and you can join Henri and his band in the second line on Friday, August 29 (Schooner Festival Friday).
This year New Orleans Friends & Flavours will bring the sounds and soul of New Orleans to New England featuring Grammy-award winner Amadee Castenell on sax and flute. And he's bringing Berklee professor Herman Hampton and New England Conservatory trombone star Eric Stilwell.
You'll hear New Orleans jazz and blues featuring traditional Mardi Gras favorites. Sing along with the standards you know so well and dance by the river with Henri Smith, Amadee Castenell and all the guys from the band. This is a rare waterfront musical experience you don't want to miss!
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 (recently 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, including Charles Burchell, a former music camp student, who went to the New England Conservatory and now performs regularly on Drums with Henri.
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.
Every Henri Smith concert is a unique experience. People who saw Henri two nights in a row last year exclaimed, "These were two completely different shows -- and they were both great!"
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 appears on 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 with Irma Thomas, Dave Bartholomew and Allen Toussaint in music clips video from HBO's hit series Treme. Henri Smith will perform some of the songs from this video.
The Waterfront Pavilion is a giant tent directly on the Annisquam River at Cape Ann's Marina Resort, where the Wicked Tuna boats dock. Enjoy spectacular water views, a full bar and comfortable concert seating inside the Pavilion tent.
For the Celebrate Gloucester Benefit Concert series we will install a concert stage with state-of-the-art sound and lights. Seating is general admission by section with premium VIP seating right up front. The Pavilion tent can be enclosed, so all the Celebrate Gloucester Benefit Concerts will take place rain or shine.
The Waterfront Pavilion is a pleasant 45 minute drive up the coast from Boston with plenty of free parking available. Click here for directions and parking info.