2005-11-18 / Community

Aaron Neville At NorthFork Theatre, November 25

Aaron Neville and his Quintet featuring Charles Neville come to the North Fork Theatre at Westbury for one exceptional night- Friday, November 25 at 8p.m.

Aaron Neville first broke out into the national scene in 1966 with the #1 hit “Tell It like It Is”. Over the years he has performed as a solo act, including duets with Linda Ronstadt and Trisha Yearwood and of course with New Orleans’ first family of music, The Neville Brothers. Aaron has won four Grammys and was named best male singer two years in a row by Rolling Stone magazine. He sings jazz, pop, country, gospel, funk, soul and everything in between and has the voice you will never forget, the voice of an angel.

With the recent release of his second Christmas album, “Christmas Prayer” the New Orleans native has decided to donate a portion of the proceeds ($.60 per unit) to the Red Cross Katrina disaster relief. “To see my New Orleans in the state she is in is my worst nightmare,” laments Aaron. “By the grace of God, New Orleans and the entire Gulf Coast will pull through this massive devastation.” Featuring a dozen Christmas standards, “Christmas Prayer” is Neville’s 20th album. His first holiday outing, “Soulfull Christmas,” sold over one million units.

“Christmas Prayer” offers 12 tracks of memorable holiday music, delivered in the singer’s trademark vibrato style. Among the dozen songs are “White Christmas,” “The First Noel” and “Christmas Prayer.” Long a part of the renowned Neville Brothers, Aaron has also enjoyed huge success as a solo artist, crediting Linda Ronstadt with helping him find a solo voice. “Linda is the real reason my solo career found a new life,” he says. While the Nevilles have long reigned as New Orleans royalty, Aaron’s musical tastes have crossed many frontiers. “Jazz was as much a part of my musical education as blues or funk,” he adds. He credits a host of performers, from his father, Arthur Neville, to Nat King Cole to Ray Charles with influencing his musical style. “Back in the day, I met Ray along the way. No one was more soulful. Ray had an approach to jazz, he had an approach for all music that stayed true to his own style. I hope the same is true of me.” Don’t miss Aaron Neville’s Christmas Show featuring all the new hits at the North Fork Theatre at Westbury for one night only, Friday November 25th.

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