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Charles Neville, Hurricane Benefit Concert, October 29 Ashfield MA
(Published: October 08, 2017)

Legendary saxophonist Charles Neville, with the electrifying Peter J. Newland and RadioXile, will perform a benefit concert for hurricane relief at the Ashfield Community Hall, 521 Main Street, Ashfield, MA 01330 on Sunday October 29, 2017 at 7:30 pm. Joining the band as special guest will be Boston flutist Peter H. Bloom, acclaimed for his versatility in jazz, blues, bebop and other genres, and a veteran of the famed Aardvark Jazz Orchestra. Playing with RadioXile and backing up Charles Neville will be Mark Pappas on guitar, Tim Smith on drums, Guy DeVito on bass and Ralph Whittle on keyboard.

Tickets are $12 at the door. (Advance purchase at Elmer's, 396 Main St, Ashfield). Proceeds will benefit The American Red Cross (for hurricane relief in Puerto Rico), the Hurricane Harvey Community Relief Fund, and the Houston SPCA. For information: 413-625-6710

Saxophonist Charles Neville is the second oldest of the Neville Brothers, the Grammy-winning New Orleans blues and funk band whose global career has spanned 35 years. Charles's background encompasses R&B, funk, jazz, bebop, popular music and American Indian music. In his home town of New Orleans, he was a member of the house band in the Dew Drop Inn and played behind Allen Toussaint, James Booker, Ernie K-Doe and Huey "Piano" Smith. On the road, he backed giants like B.B. King, James Brown, Ray Charles, Johnny Ace, Little Walter, Jimmy Reed, Big Maybelle, and O.V. Wright. On his own, Charles has played and recorded with Ramsey McLean & the Survivors (with Charles' daughter Charmaine on vocals) and with the American Indian group Songcatchers. He leads his own group, Diversity, featuring a mix of jazz and classical musicians.

Peter J. Newland, founder and leader of RadioXile, is a guitarist, keyboardist, harmonica player and vocalist who has toured nationally, worked with country music greats in Nashville, and founded and performed widely with the premier rock band FAT. Newland and FAT opened for the Allman Brothers, shared the stage with luminaries like Grand Funk Railroad and Little Richard, and were signed to Atlantic Records by Ahmet Ertegun. While in Nashville, Peter worked as a staff writer for Paul Overstreet and Fitzgerald-Hartley. He had songs cut by Hank Williams Junior, Tracey Lawrence and others.

Flutist Peter H. Bloom, special guest in the October 29 show, is a jazz and classical flutist who tours the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, New Zealand and Australia and appears on more than 40 CDs, including 14 discs with the famed Aardvark Jazz Orchestra. In 40 years with Aardvark, Bloom has played at Lake George Jazz Weekend, Boston Globe Jazz and Blues Festival, Berklee Performance Center, Scullers Jazz Club, Saint Peter's Church (NYC), Jacob's Pillow, The National Gallery in DC, and many other venues. Bloom has shared the stage with jazz greats Sheila Jordan, Geri Allen, Jaki Byard, Jay Clayton, Walter Thompson, Raj Mehta, Matt Savage and others.

RadioXile Band Members have impressive touring and recording credentials and are well known to Valley audiences. Bassist Guy DeVito recorded and performed with John Kay and Steppenwolf, Stevie Wonder, Matt "Guitar" Murphy, Felix Pappalardi, Alan Hager, Danny Johnson and other greats. DeVito was a founding member of FAT, toured with the group internationally, and was musical director at The Agouti Nightclub on Montserrat, where he and guitarist Christopher Newland created the worldwide hit "Hot, Hot, Hot." Drummer Tim Smith toured with industry icon Brenda Lee next to legendary bass player and Funk Brother Bob Babbitt. His credits also include songwriting maven Matraca Berg, Sweethearts of the Rodeo, Louise Mandrell, and a 9-year stint with rock group POCO, plus groundbreaking work with Grammy-nominated, Dove-winning crossover group Jars of Clay. Keyboardist Ralph Whittle, known for his expertise in the jazz idiom, performed for 5 years with vocalist Carol Hahn and plays currently with popular Springfield area jazz singer Ethel Lee. He has performed with contemporary jazz mainstays Peter Erskine, Rufus Reed, Marvin Stamm and others. Guitarist Mark Pappas played with the legendary Jack Veronesi and Friends, performed with The Top Hat Band featuring Earl Davis, and more recently played with FAT and with Peter J. Newland's Duo.

Peter H. Bloom is managed exclusively by Americas Musicworks, Rebecca DeLamotte, Director, 29 Newbury Street, Somerville, MA 02144. Call 617-776-8778 or 1-888-8887-7169. Email: delamotte-amw@comcast.net Visit: http://www.americasmusicworks.com/peter-h-bloom.html

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