UNH to Host Grammy Award-Winning Musician

UNH to Host Grammy Award-Winning Musician

Charles Neville, a Grammy Award-winning musician, will present a talk on Sunday, Feb. 23, about the experience of being a black musician traveling in the South beginning in the 1960s. The talk will begin at 4 p.m., followed by a performance by The Charles Neville Quintet at 6 p.m. The event will take place in University Theater in Dodds Hall.

The program, sponsored by UNH’s music department, the Black Student Union and the student chapter of the NAACP, is part of the University’s celebration of Black History Month.

Tickets are free for UNH students, $5 for UNH faculty and staff and $10 for the general public. Tickets can be reserved by contacting This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or calling 203-932-7101.

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.

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