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Cory Henry delivers slick new brand of jazz

Friday, February 17, 2017


Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles will turn down the lights and turn up the beats on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 7:30 p.m. in Walker Recital Hall as part of the Mercyhurst Institute for Arts and Culture 2016-17 season.

With a style owing more to idols Oscar Peterson and Art Tatum than the typical Hammond organ heroes who preceded him, award-winning jazz musician Cory Henry and his band of “Funk Apostles” have captured the imagination of music fans of all stripes, creating an alchemy of gospel-inflected R&B, funk, jazz, and global influences that move the body and touch the soul.

Called a “powerful, slick, and raucous new brand of Jazz” by JazzWise Magazine, Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles deliver a concert that is sure to delight audiences of all ages.

Henry, a keyboard master and composer, started playing music when he was only two years old. Since then, he has performed with artists such as Kenny Garrett, Robert Glaspar and Bruce Springsteen. Henry is also a core member of Michael League’s funk juggernaut Snarky Puppy, and has won two Grammys, one for Best R&B Performance in 2014 and one for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album in 2016. 

In addition to Henry, The Funk Apostles include Andrew Bailie, Taron Lockett, Nick Semrad, and Sharay Reed. Each member brings their own unique style and groove to the band. The Funk Apostles are currently on an American tour, bringing their legendary sound to cities all over the East Coast. 

This engagement of Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles is made possible through the Jazz Touring Network program of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. The performance is sponsored by the Erie Reader, Jazz Touring Network, and Rocket 101. The 2016-2017 season is sponsored by Cumulus Media.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $10 for youth (10 and under). For more information, visit, or call 824-3000 to purchase tickets for this can’t-miss event.

A limited number of complimentary tickets are available for Mercyhurst students who bring their I.D. to the box office.