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Zydeco giant C.J. Chenier and his band perform his composition “Turn Around and Say Goodbye” from his 2001 album “Step it Up!” during his July 29, 2022 performance at the SFJAZZ Center as part of Summer Sessions 2022, broadcast on Fridays Live.
About the concert:
Son of Clifton Chenier, the pioneering artist known universally as the “King of Zydeco”, C.J. Chenier is the true heir to the throne, instilling his music with the breathless energy and feel-good danceability that marks the best of the Bayou. Originally drawn to R&B, Chenier answered his father’s call and to join the legendary Red Hot Louisiana Band, eventually taking over leadership following the elder Chenier’s death in 1987. Since then, the accordionist has reigned as a towering figure in zydeco, recording 13 albums, including his GRAMMY-nominated World Village release, Can’t Sit Down.
C.J. Chenier: accordion, vocals
Michael Melchione: guitar
Brandon Cole: keyboards
Joe Whitt: bass, vocals
Tony Stewart: drums, vocals
Steve Nash: washboard
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