Khalif’s musical heritage runs deep; born into the first family of New Orleans music, the Nevilles have long been recognized as ambassadors for the city’s distinctive style of funk, soul and R&B. Khalif spent the first few years of his life steeping in the Crescent City’s cultural gumbo, then moved to Western Massachusetts where he began voraciously studying music with his father, Charles Neville. Now in his early twenties, Khalif has earned his stripes as an accomplished pianist, composer, lyricist, and torch bearer of the New Orleans tradition.
His trio, ‘Khalif Neville & Co’ blends traditional jazz forms with derivative styles of funk, R&B, and hip-hop. Traditionalists will be drawn to the distinctive New Orleans groove while younger audiences will identify with with a peppering of more contemporary influences. The ensemble’s repertoire includes an expansive catalog of traditional standards as well as original compositions that pay homage to Khalif’s musical roots