Charles Neville Residency

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Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Charles Neville, one of the four Neville Brothers known for their embodiment of the New Orleans sound, will lead this music and social justice residency, a collaboration between the Music Program, the Prisons & Justice Initiative, and Film & Media Studies Program.

Neville has performed with with artists including Allen Toussaint, Fats Domino, James Booker, Little Walter, Jimmy Reed, Big Maybelle, James Brown, B.B. King, Clarence Carter, Ray Charles, Herbie Hancock, Dr. John, Carlos Santana, Bonnie Raitt, the Grateful Dead, and more.

The residency features two free public events with Neville on Georgetown University’s main campus.

Thursday, March 30 | 7:30 pm
Film Screening: Bayou Maharajah (2013)

A film screening of Bayou Maharajah, (2013) documentary, which had its world premiere at the SXSW festival, explores the life and music of New Orleans piano legend James Booker, with whom Neville performed. The screening will be followed by a Q & A session.

Saturday, April 1 | 8 pm
Concert and Panel Discussion

Charles Neville, saxophone
Shawn Purcell, guitar
Cameron Kayne, bass
Kevin McDonald, drums 

This program of jazz standards and original tunes will be followed by a discussion, moderated by Prof. Marc Howard, Director of the Prisons and Justice Initiative at Georgetown University. Panelists include Georgetown professors Ben Harbert (Music Program and Affiliated – Film and Media Studies) and Maurice Jackson (History Department and African American Studies Program as well as Affiliated – Music Program), Beth M. Bienvenu of the National Endowment of the Arts, and Claire Schwadron of Project Youth ArtReach.

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