This project is funded in part by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program.
Vaughn “V.Keys” Henry, Keys/Vocals
Dion Kerr, Bass
Harvel Nakundi, Drums
David Chiverton, Drums
“A new and fresh sound that combines some of the finest aspects of Funk, Afro-Cuban and Brazilian music.” – Ignacio Berroa
“I believe that the Smoogies are the pre-eminent band to emerge from South Florida in many years. They are a once in a generation collective of deeply soulful, intelligent, and socially active artists, who truly have the power to change the landscape of creative improvisational music as we know it. I encourage everyone to listen to, interact with, and share their new release. The world truly needs positivity and optimism, and the Smoogies unequivocally meet the moment.” – Emmet Cohen
What do you call a group of diverse, talented, multi-instrumentalists and composers? You call them ‘The Smoogies’ — a musical smoothie blended with a lot of culture, life experience and most certainly “a vibe”.
The Smoogies are Vaughn “V.Keys” Henry (keys, vocals), Dion Kerr (bass), Harvel Nakundi (drums) and David Chiverton (drums) all of whom are formally trained musicians from South Florida. Each member has served interchangeably as leader and accompanist to a variety of performing acts around the world, serving in groups such as Lauryn Hill, Snarky Puppy, Ghost Note, Etienne Charles, and Godwin Louis to name a few.
Most recently, the band has won the “Jazz Road” touring grant from South Arts which they will use to kick off the debut tour for their forthcoming second record People Music. With this album, The Smoogies refine their sound as a quartet, deepening both their connection and cohesion. They also hope to continue the band’s philosophy: to make music for the people, and for the people to feel good while listening.
Beginning their career with a feature on the digital music series, “The Chivertone Sessions” The Smoogies quickly developed a buzz, catching the ear of trumpeter Nicholas Payton. This led to their collaboration on the self- released debut Planet Smoogies.
Want to go on a unique musical journey? The Smoogies provide an unforgettable live experience intentionally crafted to inspire a greater fellowship amongst their listeners.
Please bring a bottle of wine or non-alcoholic beverage to share.
Half-price tickets are available for students, teachers, frontline workers, veterans, and seniors.
Timucua is located at 2000 S. Summerlin Ave., Orlando, FL 32806
The lead sponsor for Timucua’s Jazz Series is:
Ear, Nose, Throat & Sinus Center of Orlando
For more information, please visit entsinusorlando.com