Cory Henry &
The Funk Apostles
Antone’s Nightclub, November 17
by Neal Baker
The Funk Apostles are so named with the past and present in mind. Bandleader Cory Henry famously built his keyboard chops as a young boy playing organ in church, but he has since expanded his world. In his professional career he has made a name for himself playing with a diverse batch of musicians that’s included Kenny Garrett, Bruce Springsteen, The Roots, and most recently the jazz-fusion collective Snarky Puppy. Bringing together individuals associated with a range of equally noteworthy names, from Aretha Franklin to Ms. Lauryn Hill, The Funk Apostles represent an unshakable ensemble of talents that, though formidable, is clearly together to have fun. The bunch of them are coming to Austin on November 17 to play Antone’s, where they’re sure to fit right in.
The musicianship of Henry’s bandmates is impossible to ignore. But at the helm of it all, Henry fronts with unrelenting vitality. His singing is ecstatic, and on the keys he consistently demonstrates the tasteful virtuosity that has made him a standout among his peers. The group’s latest album, “Art of Love,” takes funk on a tour of a multitude of genres, rubbing up against gospel, ’70s soul, and psych rock along the way. It’s music that lights up jazz festivals just as easily as NPR’s Tiny Desk concert series, and it’s certain to hit home with any Austin concertgoer.