Cory Henry and The Funk Apostles to open Black Sea Jazz Festival in Batumi

Cory Henry and The Funk Apostles will open the Black Sea Jazz Festival for the second time. Photo:, 08 Jul 2019 - 18:53, Tbilisi,Georgia

Grammy-winning songwriter and pianist Cory Henry and his fellow artists of The Funk Apostles will be the acts for the curtain-raising show of the Black Sea Jazz Festival in Georgia's coastline city of Batumi next week.

The widely acclaimed artist and band will arrive at the Batumi Tennis Club, tucked in the seaside boulevard of the city and transformed into a sunset location for jazz celebration every year, to lead the 13th edition of the event.

Bringing his keyboard talent to the Georgian event, Henry will look to delight listeners with a trademark show combining on-stage artistry and musical performance.

Winner of two Grammy Awards with the Snarky Puppy instrumental jazz-pop band, the R&B and soul performer traces his acquaintance with keyboard instruments to early childhood in Brooklyn, New York.


Sitting down at a church organ at the age of four, Henry is now lauded by critics including The Boston Globe, which said "if anyone’s going to preach the gospel of the Hammond organ, it should be Cory Henry."

The American will bring his band, involving Adam Agati, Nicholas Semrad, Sharay Reed and Taron Lockett, to the Batumi festival for the second time and a year following a release of their maiden extended play recording, The Art of Love.

The next evening the tennis court-turned jazz stage will host Dutch band Kraak & Smaak, known for their funk productions, and the only Georgian act of this year's event, MokuMoku.

The former will perform for the local and visiting crowds after releasing three recordings over the last three years, while the latter have gained wide popularity among Georgian listeners at festivals and club events.