Cory Henry and the Funk Apostles
w/ The Nth Power
2015.05.26 | The Rex Theater
21+ | Doors at 7pm
About Cory Henry --
Cory Henry was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. As a child he spent much of his time in the local church, which had a large community of musicians. Before he started playing organ in the church at the age of two, his friends and family say that he would bang on pots and pans, sing, and play on neighbors’ pianos every chance he could. Cory continued to play organ, piano, and Rhodes through school until his father passed away; Cory did not attend his 8th grade year of schooling, having decided to leave school to continue his musical education and growth.
From then on, Cory dedicated his life to learning and honing his skills as a musician, producer, and composer. He has since performed with some of the best of the jazz, fusion, gospel, and r&b worlds, such as Snarky Puppy, The Roots, Boyz 2 Men, NAS, Derrick Hodge, Robert Glasper, Lalah Hathaway, Bruce Springsteen, and many more.
Cory Henry released his latest album, First Steps, on July 21, 2014.
With his work in groups like Snarky Puppy, Cory Henry is bound to have an effect on young musicians, especially those in his own community. As a prodigy and new force in today’s instrumental and vocal music, Cory is putting his own stamp on much of the music we love.
Cory Henry never went through what most people would consider formal training in piano or organ. Much of Cory’s training consisted of listening to music as a child; everything from jazz greats like Oscar Peterson to church music were influences on his style of playing. Though he has not been through much “proper” training, his technical skills and harmonic knowledge are mature and widely developed. Cory’s touch is light, but his feel for groove and pocket with a band or in a solo piece is heavy and strict. His harmonic knowledge is vast, changing with each keyboard instrument he plays; Cory believes that each instrument, piano, organ, Rhodes, etc., are all different instruments with different sets of required technique and skills. Cory’s improvisation can be bluesy, soulful, out, and all of the above depending on what he’s playing, though he always comes back to a church-like improvisation through his solos.
About The Nth Power --
The formula starts with heavy-hitting drummer Nikki Glaspie (Dumpstaphunk, Beyonce)’s deep pocket, explosive energy and silky vocals, compounded by bassist Nate Edgar (John Brown’s Body), whose quiet confidence lies in perfect contrast to the emphatic, funky low-end he creates. Next, Nigel Hall (Lettuce, Warren Haynes Band)’s unmistakable vocals and innate ability to preach with a keyboard hit the groove in full force. Over the top comes Nick Cassarino (Jennifer Hartswick Band, Big Daddy Kane), oozing more soul in one finger than most guitarists could create in a lifetime, and with a voice that immediately wraps the room in sex appeal. West African djembe master Weedie Braimah (Toubab Krewe, Kreative Pandemonium) is the final X-factor, creating a rhythmic symphony that ties the whole equation together with flagrant finesse.
Together, The Nth Power wants to change your life through a message of musical love and understanding. “Just know that when you hear this music, you’re going to feel something — you’re going to connect with something higher than yourself,” said Braimah.
Celebrating their year anniversary, December’s “Thank You” tour follows the April 20, 2013 release of Basic Minimum Skills Test, a six-song EP the group unleashed on the streets of New Orleans during Jazzfest. There, early buzz about The Nth Power first took hold, and the band has since appeared on a handful of festival lineups, including Electric Forest, Gratitude Harvest Festival and Bear Creek Music Festival.
“The sound we create is built on a strong foundation of love,” said Hall. “We’re just getting started, the best is yet to come.”