RIP: Charles Neville, 1938-2018
Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk
Onstage, he was often introduced as “Charlie, the horn man,” by one of his brothers.
On Thursday, Neville Brothers saxophonist Charles Neville died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 79.
Charles Neville was the second oldest of the four brothers who, for three decades, were the core of the Neville Brothers, one of the most important and influential bands to emerge from New Orleans. For years Art, Aaron, Cyril and Charles Neville were the closing act at the prestigious New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, which kicks off its 2018 edition today.
In the 1990s, Charles re-located to western Massachusetts, though he continued to perform with the Neville Brothers until they disbanded in 2012. He also played locally with his sons Talyn and Khalif as the New England Nevilles.
Charles Neville obituary by Keith Spera at The New Orleans Advocate