The John Funkhouser Group returns home to Amazing Things for its annual concert at the popular music and arts venue. The performance will be a CD release concert for the group’s 5th CD, Brothers, the band’s first CD in five years. In typical Funkhouser form, the album is eclectic, with influences from South Africa, the Great American Songbook, Appalachia, India, New Orleans, ‘70s prog rock, modern jazz, and much more.
- Tickets: Regular $20 ~ Senior 65+ $19 ~ Member $17 ~ Student/Child $10
As ever, the Sextet’s new music is full of empathy, fire, staggering technical displays, profound intimacy, joy and playfulness – all qualities that undoubtedly make a superb album, but also reasons why this group is best experienced live. Along with Funkhouser on keys, is Jerry Sabatini (trumpet), Chris Veilleux (saxophone), Phil Sargent (guitar), Greg Loughman (bass), and Mike Connors (drums) – a sextet of forward-thinking jazz musicians who are “often wildly inventive and great fun to watch and listen to” but “can also play with grace and sweetness,” according to Middletown Eye.
The title of the new album, as Funkhouser explains, comes from the relationship with his fellow band mates: “Improvised music has a curious and beautiful quality whereby you can get on stage with a musician you have never met before, play a set or two of music, and instantly develop a deep, lasting and even intimate friendship.” Funkhouser has played with these musicians for over 20 years, so the musical friendship has grown exponentially with time. ‘Brothers’ is the title “because that’s what we are at this point,” he says. “I think the bond that has formed between us, in all humility, shows in our spontaneity, spirit of exploration, freedom to take musical chances and say something controversial or to reveal feelings and thoughts that would remain guarded in less familiar and sympathetic company.”