Music | Jazz Fest box set shows the late Art Neville’s continuing influence
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 8/06/19, 09:34 am
On July 22, seven months after he announced his retirement, the New Orleans keyboardist and singer Art Neville died. He was 81.
His career spanned six decades and includes accomplishments that reverberate to this day. It’s a 17-year-old Neville, for instance, singing lead on the Hawketts’ perennial New Orleans favorite “Mardi Gras Mambo.” And the albums that he recorded as a member of the Meters beginning in 1969 defined French Quarter funk and contained songs that with the dawning of hip-hop would be sampled hundreds of times.