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Aaron Neville Knows the Score

Aaron Neville so meshes with his music, even his name seems to float out like a musical line in one of his smooth, bluesy, New Orleans-style tunes. You'll be floating too, when you hear him at Ridgefield Playhouse on April 1. Accompanied by his quintet, featuring Charles Neville, he'll perform some of his best-known music and some newer songs from his recently-released album that are on their way to becoming standards as well. The evening's special guest is Griffin Anthony.

Neville's hits are classics now, “Tell it Like it is” “Everybody Plays the Fool,” “Crazy Love,” “Don’t Know Much” and more, and during his dual careers as soloist and in performance with his famous family, The Neville Brothers, he wrings so much feeling from songs they become a full-sensory experience. Neville has always easily crossed musical boundaries, shifting styles from pop to blues to soul and gospel. After a much-lauded 2006 album of soul classics, he returns to his Gospel roots with his newest, “I Know I’ve Been Changed.” The album commemorates his 50 years making music and brings him home to gospel music and a collaboration with songwriter, musician and producer Allen Toussaint, who produced Neville's first recording session in 1960. On NPR's "Weekend Edition," Liane Hansen asked Neville if opera might be the next music on his menu. Amused by the idea, Neville said, "I don't think I'll mess with opera. But I still have some more gospel to do, some more jazz standards I want to do. I'm planning on being around another 100 years, so I'm going to sing ... we've got to do some funk stuff too." Sounds like there's lots to look forward to but first, before he reinvents himself, hear Aaron Neville at Ridgefield Playhouse. His performance begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $65. For more information, visit the Playhouse's website.

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