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Cory Henry and the Apostles cause big sensation at Black Sea Jazz Festival / euronews

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The eleventh Black Sea Jazz Festival was bigger and bolder than ever this year at its beautiful beachside venue in Batumi, the third largest city in Georgia. The line-up featured hip hop trio De La Soul, the Grammy winning jazz and gospel band - Cory Henry and The Funk Apostles, acid jazz genius Jamiroquai headlining. Cory Henry and the Apostles caused a big sensation when they played from their new album due to be released in September.

Henry's musical journey as a jazz organist, pianist, and gospel musician, began in Brooklyn, at the age of two when he banged a few keys on the organ at his mother's church. He then made his debut performing in a competition at New York's famed Apollo Theatre in Harlem aged just six. And since then he's collaborated with some of the biggest names in jazz and soul, such as Kenny Garrett, Lalah Hathaway and The Roots. "This new Funk Apostles record is about love. I think the ins and outs of a relationship, people who are looking for love, people who have been in love, who had their heart broken," Henry said.

The festival now attracts around 7,000 visitors each day – increasing in size as it grows organically and absorbs more musical styles.  READ THE FULL euronews ARTICLE