The evening will feature New Orleans veteran saxophonist AMADEE CASTENELL, whose numerous credits include Dr. John, The Neville Bros, Allen Toussaint, Elvis Costello, and many others. Also joining the band for several pieces will be electrifying vocalist & New Orleans legend HENRI SMITH.
Labeled "explosive" by the Boston Globe, two-time New England Music Award nominees Revolutionary Snake Ensemble's most recent release "I Want That Sound!" was labeled a "life-enhancing treat" by Fanfare Magazine and "one of the hottest sounds ever" by El Paso (TX) NPR station KTEP.
NYC Jazz Record writes that "Revolutionary Snake Ensemble has been putting its unique and somewhat twisted twist on the New Orleans brass band tradition for more than 25 years...hard-partying avant-funk, with boisterous soloing...I Want That Sound! is a strong example of how Ken Field and the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble continue to push the brass band tradition forward in an entirely original way, all the while making music that's a heck of a lot of fun."
KBCS Seattle Public Radio says that RSE "continues to mine the vein of New Orleans - with post-bop, and touches of Avant - this band cooks; edgy, raucous, fun, and first rate!"
And the Boston Herald adds that "People tend to think of second line bands - brass bands steeped in New Orleans traditions - as instant party starters. It's a great compliment, maybe the best compliment ever, but it limits the sonic and emotional range of these bands. Revolutionary Snake Ensemble can absolutely get a party started. But on the local horn collective's fourth album, "I Want That Sound!," the players also explore the wild outerlands of jazz."
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. A long-time member of the Allen Toussaint Orchestra, he was musical director from 1974-1983 of RCA recording artists Chocolate Milk, with whom he recorded 8 albums. He has also performed and recorded with Dr. John, Robbie Robertson, Lee Dorsey, The Neville Bros, Elvis Costello, Paul Simon, Erma Thomas, Paul McCartney, Wynton Marsalis, Bonnie Raitt, Boz Scaggs, Don Henley, Gladys Knight, Billy Joel, and others.
Vocalist HENRI SMITH has been thrilling New Orleans audiences for years with his sophisticated swing and dramatic delivery of jazz, blues, and Cajun flavored music. He relocated to Massachusetts in 2005 after losing his home to Katrina. New Orleans born and bred, Smith has long been a radio personality on the legendary WWOZ, where his radio show featured the contemporary jazz that he loves and now sings professionally. With many connections in the music world, he frequently served as emcee and vocalist at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival for artists such as Kermit Ruffins and Ellis Marsalis.