Aesthetically Speaking

Bruce Henry CD release at Southern

Bruce A. Henry releases his latest CD "Connections" with a concert at the Southern Theater, 1420 Washington Ave. South, Minneapolis on July 31. Bruce A. Henry releases his latest CD "Connections" with a concert at the Southern Theater, 1420 Washington Ave. South, Minneapolis on July 31.

"I’m trying to get closer to my vision of music, trying to incorporate my Afrocentrism." Henry said in an interview with Al McFarlane at Lucille’s Kitchen last week.

Toward this end the album includes historic poet Langston Hughes’ "The Darker Brother: I, Too, Sing America" set to Henry’s music. "I’m just expressing myself with eclecticism and a little dose of politics." Henry sat in with Wain McFarlane & Jahz for a rendition of "Africa Cries" from the "Connections" CD.

Discussing his musical direction, he commented, "I’ve never fit in a box. If it has an African base, it’s my music. So, I claim it. I celebrate it all.

Born in West Point, Mississippi, home of legendary bluesman Howling Wolf, Henry was singing publicly by the age of 5 in his Baptist church on the West Side of Chicago. His musical education as a child included immersion in the work of Count Basie and Duke Ellington, favorites of Bruce’s father, a pianist and Henry’s first musical mentor. Henry was classically trained at the Chicago Conservatory of Music. He discovered a love for improvisation. Influenced by Nina Simone, Al Jarreau and John Coltrane, to name a few, his style engages a three and one-half octave range, a pure voice with versatility and depth that few can match. His passion for an ever-expanding vision, both musically and personally, is the heart of his new release Connections.

Henry has developed a large following in France and the Far East. He has been heard on a Worldwide Radio Live Concert on the B.B.C. as well as notable movie soundtracks; Henry has performed on such exotic and legendary stages as the Malate concert in Manila, the Klezmer Festival in Israel, Le Bilboquet in Paris, The WhitBread in London, the Coconut Grove in Miami, the Waldorf Astoria in New York City and the Grand Wailea in Maui.

For More Information about Bruce A. Henry and Connections contact Pat Courtemanche at (612) 782-8305 or call Bruce at (763) 566-2095. Please visit www.brucehenry.com.

July 28, 2003
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