Amadee Castenell

Amadee Castenell is a premier tenor saxophonist and flautist who has been nurtured by 30 years of playing in the rich multi-layered music scene of New Orleans. From 1973- 1983 he was musical director of the band Chocolate Milk, writing and performing on their 8 albums for RCA Records. For 30 years he has also been an important member of the award winning, legendary musical genius Allen Toussaint Orchestra.

When not touring, he is a much seasoned and in demand studio musician. Amadee has recorded with such legendary artists as Dr. John (Grammy award winning “Going Back to New Orleans”), Robbie Robertson (“Storyville”), Lee Dorsey (“Night People”), and Neville Bros. (“Fire on the Bayou”) to name just a few. From Etta James to Idris Mohammed, Fats Domino, Irma Thomas and Albert King all have loved the tasteful phrasing of his sultry soulful saxophone. Amadee has recorded with Allen Toussaint, Elvis Costello, Paul Simon, Erma Thomas and many others. He has toured with Paul McCartney, Wynton Marsalis, Bonnie Raitt, Boz Scaggs, Don Henley, Gladys Knight, Billy Joel, and many others over his career.