Meet The Nth Power founder and powerhouse drummer Nikki Glaspie who was Beyonce’s world-touring drummer for five years before she joined Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk.
Meet Cory Henry, prodigy organ player from the Grammy winning Snarky Puppy who headlined the New Orleans Heritage Jazz Festival this year.
Proving that soul music can be exponentially greater than the sum of its parts, The Nth Power is on a mission to share the light. Formed during an impromptu late-night jam at Jazz Fest 2012 in New Orleans, the relentlessly funky and soulful band believes in music as a higher power — tapping into an energy that is simultaneously sexy and spiritual, with songs that will inspire audiences to dance, groove, make love or just stand there with goosebumps.
The quintet hails from diverse musical backgrounds, races and creeds. Singer and keyboardist Nigel Hall has toured with Lettuce, John Scofield and the Warren Haynes Band, while Nick Cassarino came from the Jennifer Hartswick Band and toured with Big Daddy Kane. Female powerhouse Nikki Glaspie was Beyonce’s world-touring drummer for five years before she joined Ivan Neville’s New Orleans funk outfit, Dumpstaphunk. Bassist Nate Edgar of John Brown’s Body and West African percussionist Weedie Braimah round out the group, and together as one, something kind of holy comes into being.
Cory Henry is a multi-instrumentalist and producer with a catalog worthy of a man twice his age. His primary instrument is the organ, and he began playing at the age of two. At the age of six he competed at the Apollo Theater and made it to the finalist round. In 2010 he co-produced Jay White’s Larger than Life. Later that year he released his first album Christmas With You, which featured his lively renditions of Christmas classics and prominently showcased his skill as an improvisor. Kim Burrell’s Grammy nominated and Stellar Award winning Love album released in 2011 boasted several tracks that were written and produced by Henry. That year he wrote for and produced much of Krishnar Lewis’ One Lover’s Trilogy album and released his first, “”Leave you alone””. Henry is primarily known for harmonically rich organ playing that owes a greater debt to the virtuosic unpredictability of Tatum and Peterson than it does to Jimmy Smith and other members of the Hammond organ pantheon.