Nat Simpkins Band

Nat Simpkins Band

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Jazz, blues, funk, R&B and Cajun flavored songs that encompass the rich musical and cultural heritage of New Orleans. For bookings call Nat Simpkins 978-526-4254 For more information: www.natsimpkins.com www.bluejayrecords.com

Biography

Get ready for a party! Every night is Mardi Gras! The Nat Simpkins/Henri Smith Band is hot, spicy gumbo that will always satisfy your appetite for a good time! This band will have you singing, dancing, and clapping to the beat in no time at all! Bandleaders Nat Simpkins and Henri Smith are two of the most talented and versatile musicians to ever step on a stage together. Simpkins’ bluesy “Texas Tenor” sax is a perfect compliment to Smith’s rich bluesy baritone vocals. Band mate Charles Neville from the legendary Neville Brothers Band adds some cajun spice Their exciting stage show is a rich gumbo with many spicy ingredients. Together they present all the flavours of New Orleans including swing, funk, brass band-second line, R&B, hard bop, Latin, Blues, and Calypso. Henri’s singing style is reminiscent of Lou Rawls and Johnny Hartman and Simpkins’ tenor from the tough Texas Tenor school of King Curtis, Gene Ammons and Stanley Turrentine.
Recently they performed on Good Morning America as part of the Mardi Gras coverage. They have appeared at nearly all of the major venues in New Orleans including Tipitina’s, Sweet Lorraine’s, the Red Room, and the House of Blues recently they have appeared at the World Trade Center and Bob’ Southern Bistro in Boston as well Cecil’s Jazz Club in New Jersey and the Annual lester Young tribute concert at St Peter’s Church in New York City. They are ready to share their talents and positive energy with the world.

Discography

In late August 2006 the band played a two night engagement at Cecil's in West Orange New Jersey and recorded both nights. This resulted in 4 new CDs "The Nat Simpkins/Henri Smith Band featuring Charles Neville Live at Cecil's Vol. 1,2,3,4." In 2002 Smith released his debut CD on the Bluejay Records label entitled New Orleans Friends and Flavours. The recording was produced by saxophonist Nat Simpkins, who performed on the recording with an all-star supporting cast including Kermit Ruffins, Donald Harrison Jr. Bill Summers and Jason Marsalis. More info and audio samples can be found at www.bluejayrecords.com/neworleans/index.html
In 2001 Simpkins also released his third CD fo Bluejay Records entitled Crescent City.
It hit #1 on the jazzweek radio charts and #35 for all jazz records released in 2002 the allstar lineup included Simpkins on tenor sax, Kermit ruffins on trumpet, Jason Marsalis, vibraphone, Tuba Fats, tuba,
Peter martin, piano. Roland Guerin, bass and Cecil Brooks III on drums

Set List

Hey Pocky Way
High Blood Pressure
Something You Got
When You're Smilin
Mardi Gras Mambo
Moanin
Iko-Iko
Big Chief
Jambalaya
Little Red Rooster
Samba For Horace
Starlight In Your Eyes
That's When I Know it's Mardi Gras
Saint James Infirmary
Blueberry Hill
I'm Walkin
Spanish Rice And Beans
See See Rider
Bourbon Street Parade
When the Saints Go Marching In

Repertoire includes New Orleans songs by composers such as the Meters, the Neville Brothers, Fats Domino, Louis Armstrong, Professor Longhair, , Paul Barbarin, Earl King. Also classic blues and jazz standards and original compositions.
Sets are usually one hour each.