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Take Five with Black Tie Brass

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About Black Tie Brass:

Black Tie Brass is a horn driven jazz funk band. Lead by Ryan McNulty, most of the band met at college in New York and have been playing together since 2008 and formed BTB is 2013. We released our first self-titled album after a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2014. We ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Karl Denson's Tiny Universe at Levitt Pavilion

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Karl Denson's Tiny Universe
Levitt Pavilion
Denver, CO
August 26, 2017

You don't hear much talk of “The Energy Crisis" anymore. That's because Karl Denson's Tiny Universe has been on the scene, lighting things up and generating gigawatts of energy with its frequent funk fusillades. Over the course of their two ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

PHO: Two

Read "Two" reviewed by Joe Gatto

PHO, the Minneapolis funk band, is one of the hottest rising stars on the modern funk music scene. Even Prince thought so.

The Purple One got hip to PHO, and then invited the group to open for Larry Graham at Paisley Park. Since then, PHO has played with The Motet, Dopapod, Dam-Funk, Dumpstaphunk and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Melvin Sparks: Live at Nectar’s

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A cool thing about music is that when you follow a band for a long time, you eventually get turned on to the music that influenced them. You get to hear all kinds of exciting new music, and start digging deep, going down groovy rabbit holes to discover great musicians you might not find on your ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Award-Winning Nine-Piece Band Phat Phunktion To Release "Live At The High Noon" On CD/Blu-Ray On June 2

Award-Winning Nine-Piece Band Phat Phunktion To Release "Live At The High Noon" On CD/Blu-Ray On June 2

As a group of University of Wisconsin-Madison music students who banded together in 1996, Phat Phunktion have built a loyal following of listeners throughout the United States and around the world. Combining the polish of Top 40 with the smooth feeling of 60’s soul and the raw groove of 70’s funk, Phat Phunktion is a nine-piece ...

Take Five with Julian Hartwell

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About Julian Hartwell
Julian Hartwell is a sought-after pianist, composer, bandleader, and educator based in jny: Philadelphia, PA. He is inspired by many styles of music which all contribute to his distinctive sound, both solo and in a group setting. For the past 12 years he has performed throughout a wide swath of the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Foundation of Funk at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom

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Foundation of Funk
Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom
Denver
February 11, 2017

Foundation: the base upon which something is built. From houses to skyscrapers, foundations are essential. They must be solid, strong and most of all, immovable. A funk foundation? That, too, must be solid and strong. But immovable? No, quite the ...

NEWS: EVENT

Sol Roots Band With Special Guest Ron Holloway Perform Thursday February 12 In Northern Virginia.

Sol Roots Band With Special Guest Ron Holloway Perform Thursday February 12 In Northern Virginia.

Sol Roots band performs on Thursday February 12 with special guest Ron Holloway in Falls Church VA at the legendary JV’s. The band will perform funk, deep soul, raw blues, jazz, and rock. “He’s toured the world with some of the biggest names in funk and blues... He’s the fiery guitarist known as Sol, and his influences ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Soulive at Higher Ground, South Burlington, Vermont

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Soulive
Higher Ground Ballroom
South Burlington, Vermont
December 13, 2014

Strikingly reminiscent of the Lettuce show October 25 2014, Soulive's extended single set at Higher Ground this night took flight during a blazing solo by guitarist Eric Krasno. It wasn't the only such instance that occurred during the two-hours plus the ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Leron Thomas: Zen-Mode Humor

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The chances of four people conducting a Google search on Leron Thomas that result in all four of them to make the same conclusion about the trumpeter is low. While certain facts--like his time at High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (PVA) in Houston and The New School in New York--will remain true, arguments ...