Blues Alley Presents Nicholas Payton with Corey Fonville + Devonne Harris
Corey Fonville Devonne Harris
Blues Alley presents Grammy® Award-winner Nicholas Payton with drummer Corey Fonville and producer, deejay, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and composer Devonne Harris.
As a leading voice in American popular music, the Grammy® Award-winning Nicholas Payton is a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, composer, producer, arranger, essayist and social activist who defies musical and artistic categories. All the while, he honors the tradition of what he terms “postmodern New Orleans music,” as well as the spirit of Black American Music, of which he states, “There are no fields, per se. There are lineages.”
Corey Fonville, an influential drummer in today’s music scene, has dedicated his life to learning the craft and its history in order to be one of the best drummers of his time.
As an artist and music-enthusiast, he studied a variety of genres, mostly through his father’s music collection, which generally consisted of jazz, R&B, alternative, and funk.
His skills are rooted in an eclectic background and call attention to the fact that music is hard to typify.
Originally from Virginia Beach, VA, Corey has plaedy with recognized musicians whom have not only helped him develop as a drummer, but also introduced him to the life of a touring artist.
Since the age of 2, Corey hasn’t been able to put the sticks down — music was always his passion. He first started creating a buzz after high school when he attended New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.
While he lived in New York City, he played almost every night with prominent artists from the city and quickly made close connections with influential musicians. He eventually left New School to study at the Dave Brubeck Institute in Stockton, CA where he received a full scholarship to play drums.
The Brubeck Institute gave Corey the opportunity to network with many artists whom he aspired to be and to whom he listened when he was a child.
Almost immediately after completing his studies at The Brubeck Institute, he began traveling the world with notable artists such as Nicholas Payton, Jacky Terrasson, and Christian Scott.
Corey is currently touring with the Nicholas Payton Trio and is a member of the Christian Scott Quintet.
Additionally, Corey has his own band, Butcher Brown, and completed a West Coast tour with them in 2012 and 2014. He plans to continue recording with them and hopes to keep building a national fan base.
Devonne Harris, also known as DJ Harrison is a Richmond VA-based producer and multi-instrumentalist. The son of a radio DJ who introduced him to the world of record collecting, Harris grew up with music, progressing from violin, to high school drum-line, to the Jazz Studies program at Virginia Commonwealth University. He also continued working with other instruments and developed an interest in sampling. His development as a producer – at first, without a computer or sampler – came first learning to replay samples on the drums, piano, bass or guitar. DJ Harrison finds himself inspired by local musicians in the Richmond scene that’s as diverse and nonexclusive as they come. Among rappers, producers, punks and bluegrass bands, he falls within reach of an expansive pool of musicians to collaborate with. He lives and works in Jellowstone, a house turned recording compound occupied by his band mates in Butcher Brown, a “garage punk jazz funk” group.