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We are proud to present a three-part Speaker Series at this year's Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival.
This lecture connects to the exhibition “Horn Man: The Life and Musical Legacy of Charles Neville” currently on display at the Springfield Wood Museum in collaboration with the Blues to Green Jazz and Roots Festival. Dr. Ina Fandrich, a cultural historian and Voodoo expert from New Orleans, will explore with us the colorful, magical, but also very violent and dangerous world in which Mr. Neville grew up. The Grammy-award-winning saxophonist was born into a legendary family of musicians in a city that prides itself to be the birthplace of Jazz. In New Orleans, successful musicians like Charles and his three brothers, who founded together in 1977 the famous Neville Brothers Band, needed to be proficient in all local genres of music, and that they were to perfection, bringing every audience worldwide to their feet to dance. Dr. Fandrich will introduce us to New Orleans’ rich black Carnival and African-based spiritual traditions that are at the center of much of the musical repertoire of the Neville Brothers.
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