Bands for Hire ~ Funk / Jazz / Blues

Jack Hansen

Funk / Jazz / Blues


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Performing a musical variety from old standards, like Body and Soul through At Last, and Corcovado, to up-tempo songs like Tenor Madness.

Jim Payne

Funk / Jazz / Blues
http://www.funkydrummer.com


Jim Payne’s Jazz/Funk Unit features: DRUMMER JIM PAYNE moved to the Monterey area recently from New York City to get out of the snow. His new Jazz/Funk Unit intends to boogie down at the Safari Club, Thurs. May 14, 7-10. “It will be funky and it will be jazzy,” says Jim, we will not fool around. You will get your money’s worth.” Jim has performed with the J. B. Horns, Maceo Parker and Michael Brecker. He has produced records for Medeski, Martin & Wood, the J.B. Horns (featuring Maceo Parker, Pee Wee Ellis and Fred Wesley, all former leaders of the James Brown Band), as well as for his own projects with the Jim Payne Band (Sensei, Energie, and Yes!).

Joel Kemps

Funk / Jazz / Blues



Joel Kemps is a veteran musician who has played blues, jazz and funk for five decades. He has shared stages with many great blues artists.. Joel has fused the genres of roots music into his own style of bluesy, jazzy, foot tapping grooves. Easy on the ears but polished and palatable, his music will put a smile on your face.

John Lester

Funk / Jazz / Blues
http://www.johnlester.com


John is an award winning songwriter who has, throughout his career, had one foot in the rock/acoustic music scene and the other in jazz. As a songwriter, John was awarded the “Song of the Year Award” from the West Coast Songwriter’s Association on two occasions (for The Ways of a Woman and Both a Blessing and a Curse). The title track from his 2007 release, So Many Reasons, was also the winner of the WCS International Songwriting Award for “Best Jazz Song” and he also won their “Best Humorous Song Award” for his tongue-in-cheek ditty, Beware La Merde, about a bit of advice to tourists in Paris. “John doesn’t just have a great voice, he is a voice! Great songs that really communicate.” - Russ Jennings, KPFA As a solo performer, John has created a unique show featuring his 100-year-old upright bass named Sarah (after Sarah Vaughan, for her lovely vocal-like quality). He also plays acoustic and electric bass guitars, as well as baritone steel string guitar, nylon string guitar, and ukulele, at times utilizing a loop recorder to create live tracks for his songs and improvisations. “Lester’s USP is his supreme mastery of all possible varieties of basses and his use of them as lead instruments…his understated virtuosity demands attention!” - Maverick Magazine John has released five albums to date: “Live at the Freight and Salvage” in 1999, “Big Dreams and the Bottom Line” in 2003, and “So Many Reasons” in 2007, "Jazz?" in 2013, and "Live" earlier this year. John’s 2012 release, “Jazz?”, set ten modern rock cover songs into a late 1950’s jazz context and brought together John’s love for both great contemporary songwriting and the open improvisation of a jazz quartet. Released on October 2, 2012, the album steadily climbed the JazzWeek charts, entering the Top 100 in November 2012 and reaching #80 in January 2013. It also reached #13 on the Roots Music Report jazz chart. “His takes on rock and pop standards with great jazz sensibility and penchant for swing, makes this a wonderful and fresh approach in the canon of improvised music." - Jim Bennet, KCSM John recently release a live album with his European touring partner Paul Tiernan. John and Paul have been touring together since meeting at the Rochefortes En Accords Festival on the Atlantic coast of France in 2005. After ten years of touring a live recording was finally captured on their 2014 US West Coast Tour. The album features 7 songs by each artist and was released in January 2015. “The interaction that goes on between them, both overtly and covertly, is something that’s subtle and sensational, voices and instruments intertwining and blending to weave songs of influence and poise”. - FolkWords John will be launching his new all bass and drums looping project, Bass Bureaucracy, in spring of 2016. The first single entitle "I Can`t Go to Havana Tonight" features John on upright bass and 4, 5, & 6 string bass guitars with guest percussionist Paulo Baldi (Cake, Otmar Leibert, Les Claypool`s Frog Brigade. Later in fall of 2016, John will be releasing his sixth album. The album will feature 10 original tunes in an acoustic format with John on vocals, bass, guitar, and ukulele with Paul Tiernan on guitar and Tim Bulkley on drums. The album will launch with a European Tour in November with US dates to follow.

Cowbop

Funk / Jazz / Blues



Let`s welcome home Carmel Valley`s own BRUCE & PAMELA FORMAN, who will bring their awesome group COW BOP to our fifth annual PARTY IN THE VILLAGE! Also appearing, CALIFORNIA COWBOYS with special guest BOBBY BLACK! October 29th at Hidden Valley, 7:00 - 11:00. Have a SWINGIN` COUNTRY ROCK evening, and help support the Carmel Valley History Society & Carmel Valley Village Improvement Committee!! More info at: www.partyinthevillage.org

Porsche Smith

Funk / Jazz / Blues
http://www.porschesmithmusic.com


With lush lyricism, bluesy vocals, and a knack for crafty guitar riffs, singer/songwriter Porsche Smith is commanding a crowd all her own. Having shared stages with John Legend, India.Arie, Slakah the Beatchild, Eric Darius, and many other acclaimed artists -- as a skilled musician and producer, Porsche continues to pave one incredibly independent road to critical success. No stranger to accolades, the California-native (representing the Bay area) was a Take Back the Music Campaign feature in Essence Magazine, and won both the John Lennon Songwriting Award and John Legend’s Be Legendary contest. Smith has also collaborated with guitarist Justin Lyon’s of K-Pop’s Big Bang Band, and also wrote for Deonis Cook (Jill Scott) and Carmen Rodgers from The Foreign Exchange, quickly establishing herself as one of the most versatile, must-hear artists on the rise today. Smith’s style is engaging and heartfelt, heard across several records including her critically-acclaimed debut About Life, a genre-melding follow-up EP called Loveland, her hip-hop/soul mixtape dubbed The Break Up, and a self-titled EP with her multifaceted ladies-only band Beauty and the Beats. “This next project is indeed therapy for the soul. It’s the personal process I recently went through, which I’m sure many will relate to.” In 2013, Porsche Smith penned, played, and produced her sophomore release Superhuman, an album that saw her framing a love for R&B, hip-hop, jazz, soul, and alternative with a rock infused trim. “I wrote the title track for Superhuman back in 2007 after somewhat of a bad breakup. At the time, I was wishing I could’ve walked away unaffected, unphased. I had this picture in my head of having teflon skin, where nothing could get to me. From that, the idea began to expand to other ideas about being superhuman — and musically-speaking, being able to transcend genres, with it being a multi-genre album. Simply put, Superhuman is the under and overestimation of ourselves, where we are perfect, supernatural.. yet in a poetic sense still frail and imperfect.” Since releasing Superhuman, Smith has been touring as a featured, nightly solo act with several of the world`s most renown cruise lines -- including Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Lines -- commanding audiences across the Mediterranean, Alaska, North Africa, and the Caribbean. Now, she’s gearing up to release her third solo piece Therapy in 2017. “This next project is indeed therapy for the soul. It’s the personal process I recently went through, which I’m sure many will relate to.” Armed with impressive musical dexterity, lyrics for deep thought flowing over an enchanting alto, Smith will first open your ears, then your mind, and eventually your heart. Stay tuned to hear more from this fresh face and brilliant talent who, in these uncertain times, might just have the therapy we all need.

Ginsing

Funk / Jazz / Blues



"Ginsing is a trio of wide musical variety. Our roots consist of Dixieland, Jazz, Blues, Rock and Classical. We’ve individually played on cruise ships, theatrical stages, clubs, private homes and many other community based outdoor events. Ginny, Cassy and Craig like to be diversified in their sound and appeal to the audience."