ID: Charles Barrow Neville
Charles Neville is an award-winning music man. He’s the second-oldest of the Neville Brothers, an R&B and soul group that was formed in 1977 in their hometown of New Orleans. In 1989, he won a Grammy Award for his saxophone rendition of “Healing Chant” on the Neville Brothers’ “Yellow Moon” CD. When he’s not making music he loves to relax with his family.
Full name: Charles Barrow Neville
People know you as: Charlie the Horn Man
Date and place of birth: Dec. 28, 1938, New Orleans, La.
Job: Musician. I also teach a tai chi class in the summer at Jacob’s Pillow
Who lives under the same roof as you? My wife, Kristin
Children: Khalif, 16, and Talyn, 10
Education: Two years at the Southern University in New Orleans
Hobbies: Drawing and martial arts
Book you’d recommend to a friend: “Killers of the Dream” by Lillian Smith
Favorite movie: “Star Wars”
An item you can’t live without: Musical instrument
Last thing you purchased just for fun: A remote-control helicopter
What’s at the top of your bucket list? A get-together with all the kids, grandkids and great-grandkids
Life-changing experience: Learning tai chi
Strangest job you ever held: A weekly gig playing at a Louisiana mental hospital
A little-known fact about you: I played with Joey Dee and the Starliters at the Peppermint Lounge in New York City
People who knew you in high school thought you were: Really smart
Dumbest thing you ever did: Used drugs
One product, trend or fashion you’d like to see return: Bell-bottoms
If you could spend the day with a celebrity from any time in history, who would it be? Charlie Parker, in the hope of learning something about the sound he was able to get from any sax
Best advice you ever got: An older musician once told me to practice every day for as long as you can
Favorite place to get a bite: The Praline Connection in New Orleans
Favorite team: New Orleans Saints, e_SSRqcause I’m from New Orleans!
What does your ideal weekend look like? Playing each night in the same club
One thing you would change about yourself: I can’t think of anything I’d want to change. I went through a lot to get to be who I am
Whom do you most admire? Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
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