What do you call a conglomerate of diverse, talented multi-instrumentalists and composers? You call them ‘The Smoogies’ — a musical smoothie blended with a lot of culture, life experience and most certainly “a vibe”.
The Smoogies band is composed of Vaughn (V.Keys) Henry (keys/vocoder), Dion Kerr (bass/pedals), Harvel Nakundi (drums/percussion) and David Chiverton (drums) who are all formally trained musicians hailing from South Florida. Each member has served interchangeably as leader and accompanist to a variety of performing acts around the world with repertoires spanning across multiple genres.
The Smoogies began their career with a feature on the digital music series, The Chivertone Sessions and notoriety grew instantaneously. From there, they were given the opportunity to hold residency and curate a weekly hangout where the band developed and refined their sound further. They also secured a spot at the prestigious Ground Up Music Festival, and they have not stopped breaking ground since.
The Smoogies debut album Planet Smoogies features Nicholas Payton on trumpet.
Vaughn (V.Keys) Henry - Keys/Vocoder
Dion Kerr - Bass/Pedals
Harvel Nakundi - Drums/Percussion
David Chiverton - Drums
The Chivertone Sessions