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Urban Funk Live at The Taste of Wheaton June 5th at 1:00PM

 

The Taste of Wheaton Festival layout.

Big news, the parking meters do not charge on Sundays....

Urban Funk's photo.
 

Urban Funk Press Release

 

Urban Funk

Press Release

05-02-13

 

 

 

Urban Funk set to perform on May 17th at Clydes of Chevy Chase , 5441 Wisconsin Avenue, Chevy Chase, Maryland. 9:30 PM to 1:30 AM. No Cover, Free Parking with Validation

Since their release of Heroes and Legends in 2010, Urban Funk has been performing in the Metropolitan region to critical acclaim. Showcasing the dance chart hits of the 70’s; this venerable period of music is the stepping stone for every performance.  Whether it is James Brown, Marvin Gaye, or WAR; the hits keep coming and dance floor is guaranteed to be filled. Wayne Sulc and Tommy Lepson front this group along with the funk fusion sound of a  rhythm section featuring Steve Long on Keys, Mike Davis on Bass, Gary Crockett on Drums, and Tim Cutrona on Percussion.

With a home base at Clydes of Chevy Chase, Urban Funk has also performed at The Smithsonian Museum of American Art, The Hamilton, Mason District Park, and various private functions.

Now scheduling for the summer season, expect to see Urban Funk at Sully’s of Chantilly, JV’s of Falls Church, Grist Mill Park in Alexandria and once again returning to Clydes of Chevy Chase where they will perform to a home town crowd of loyal fans.

Check out Urban Funk’s brand new web site at www.urbanfunkdc.com

 

SaxMan Wayne Sulc Nominated for Urban Contemporary Instrumentalist

 

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Press Release 01-26-13 Saxman Wayne Sulc is nominated for URBAN CONTEMPORARY INSTRUMENTALIST by the Washington Area Music Association, “WAMA”. The 27th Annual Wammies are to be presented on Sunday February 17th at the State Theater in Falls Church Virgina at 8:00 PM. WAMA is an umbrella organization of Washington area musicians, concert promoters, lawyers, recording engineers, managers, graphic artists, and related businesses working together to address areas of common concern. http://www.wamadc.com/wama/ Wayne is a well known Washington D.C. Woodwind artist has played with many of Washington’s hottest bands and now leads his own “Urban Funk” . Featured in bands like Tommy Lepsons Soul Crackers and Junior Cline and The Recliners, he has also been seen with the likes of The Nighthawks, Naked Blue and Harry Traynham. Wayne has been called upon to record tracks with many local DMV musicians and has also been featured in several Band House Gigs Productions. Wayne has performed for many local fans as well as visiting dignitaries and sitting presidents including Bill Clinton. http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Urban-Funk/260395920995
 

Urban Funk Heroes And Legends Nominated for Wammie

 

Urban Funk cd Heroes And Legends nominated for Jazz/Recording of the year from WAMA/ Washington Area Music Association

from Urban Funks debut release Heroes And Legends by Tim
Urban Funk Heroes And Legends nominated for Jazz/Recording cd of the year WAMMY award.

The 25th Wammies February 20th at the historic State Theater in Falls Church Virginia.
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Urban Funk's CD Heroes and Legends has been nominated for Jazz/Recording of the year from WAMA, (Washington Area Musican's Association) .

The 25th Wammies are scheduled for February 20th at the historic State Theater in Falls Church Virginia.

SaxMan Productions presents Urban Funk and their debut CD, Heroes and Legends.

Produced by woodwind artist Wayne Sulc and percussionist Tim Cutrona. Both Sulc and Cutrona are veterans of the Washington DC music scene.

Heroes and Legends, a thirteen track CD is loaded with memorable melodies performed by Washington Area Music Association Heroes. The CD includes Urban Funk's original material and compositions by Carlos Santana, Chic Corea, Stevie Wonder, Steely Dan, Marvin Gaye, Christopher Cross, Bobby Caldwell, Luiz Bonfa, and Bob Marley.

 

The Best Funk Drummer

 

Thursday, September 16, 2010

The Best Funk Drummer!



John Thomakos is a professional Drummer and Percussionist.
With a career spanning nearly three decades, he has performed with some of the finest musicians and entertainers in the world. His most recent undertaking: a North American tour with Cirque du Soleil’s- KOOZA.

Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, John received his first drum set when he was five years old. Soon after, he played his first performance-Greek music with his Godfather on bouzouki in the social hall of their church. With a growing passion for music, he began playing in bands and honing his skills which led him to study at the Baltimore School for the Arts, as a Percussion/Music major. He graduated with a scholarship to the Berklee College of Music, in Boston, Massachusetts- And went on to study at the Musician’s Institute of Technology in Los Angeles, California, where he was awarded a Certificate of Honor, and an award for “Best Funk Drummer”.

Back East from California, Thomakos quickly became a sought after sideman in a variety of musical settings. In his words, “All of the various, gigs, recording, groups and artist with which I have been involved, have been an invaluable experience and education to me.”

Today his Discography of Recordings with an eclectic range of artists and groups is, to some degree, a testament of his merit and most certainly a reflection of his versatility. He has also recorded jingles for radio and TV, as well as music for The Discovery Channel, HBO Pictures and the television shows, The Young and the Restless, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Regis and Kelley Show, Brooklyn South, That’s Life, and Homicide.

Over the span of his career, John has also performed live on television shows including The Regis and Kelly Show and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He has been employed by a variety of extraordinary artists and groups, ranging from The Global Percussion Trio to New Orleans legend and guitar superman, John Mooney, to pop superstar and three-time Grammy Nominee Vanessa Carlton.

Most recently, John has toured with Cirque du Soleil’s show, KOOZA. Having performed over 600 shows across North America and Canada, this high energy production features some of the world’s top performers and spotlights John in a high energy drum solo.

Aside from enjoying a successful professional career as a freelance drummer and percussionist, he has also realized the opportunity and enjoyment of sharing his passion for music through education. As a student of the instrument and music himself, he has also become a sought after teacher and educator. His articles have been featured in Modern Drummer Magazine as well as on VicFirth.com. He has also written two critically acclaimed drum set method books:

Drum Back Beats Encyclopedia, published and distributed by Alfred Publications.

Encyclopedia of Drumset Styles published band distributed by Mel Bay Publications.
John is featured on “Urban Funk’s Heroes And Legends”.
 

Urban Funk Releases Heroes And Legends

 

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from Urban Funks debut release Heroes And Legends by Tim
Press Release 01-26-13 Saxman Wayne Sulc is nominated for URBAN CONTEMPORARY INSTRUMENTALIST by the Washington Area Music Association, “WAMA”. The 27th Annual Wammies are to be presented on Sunday February 17th at the State Theater in Falls Church Virgina at 8:00 PM. WAMA is an umbrella organization of Washington area musicians, concert promoters, lawyers, recording engineers, managers, graphic artists, and related businesses working together to address areas of common concern. http://www.wamadc.com/wama/ Wayne is a well known Washington D.C. Woodwind artist has played with many of Washington’s hottest bands and now leads his own “Urban Funk” . Featured in bands like Tommy Lepsons Soul Crackers and Junior Cline and The Recliners, he has also been seen with the likes of The Nighthawks, Naked Blue and Harry Traynham. Wayne has been called upon to record tracks with many local DMV musicians and has also been featured in several Band House Gigs Productions. Wayne has performed for many local fans as well as visiting dignitaries and sitting presidents including Bill Clinton. http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Urban-Funk/260395920995
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John Cocuzzi-Virtuoso, Prodigy, Emprasario

 

Friday, January 8, 2010

John Cocuzzi-Virtuoso, Prodigy, Emprasario

John Cocuzzi Biography • Articles • Reviews
Alan [Dale] andJohn [Cocuzzi]reflect the honestyand purity of good,hard-swingingmusic. TheseGentlemen of Jazzare both preservingand invigoratingwhat has becomea perishable art.
— LOUIE BELLSONDrummer forLouis Armstrong,Lionel Hampton,Duke Ellington,Count Basie,Benny Goodman,Tommy Dorsey,Harry James,Woody Herman,and others.


"Versatility, virtuosity and passion"IN THE SPIRIT OF LOUIS ARMSTRONGIntro paragraph for promo bio (150 word count)
Swingster John Cocuzzi has New Orleans flavor and East Coast flair, playing with passion and intensity on piano, vibes and drums. For more than 25 years, John has been entertaining crowds in the Washington, DC area and performing alongside jazz and blues greats at festivals across the United States and in Europe. With dynamic style and diverse rhythms, John's innovation breathes new life into familiar tunes, from swingin' and burnin' jazz and blues to lush and sultry ballads. An intuitive performer, John possesses that musical "fire in the belly," igniting the crowd with skillful improvisation, "telling his story" through spirited, high-energy solos. In addition to being a fine pianist, John has earned a nationwide reputation as a premier swing vibraphonist. He now lives in Northern California, spreading the jazz/blues/swing gospel in the Sacramento area as a soloist and bandleader, and working with the finest musicians in town. Famous jazz drummer Louie Bellson called John a "Gentleman of Jazz" and hired John's band to perform at his wedding reception in 1992. Click here to view the names of musicians John has worked with over the years.
Jazz journalist Cam Miller wrote: "His command of a vibraphone and piano, as well as being a fine 'shy-guy' vocalist, make him a triple-threat musician whose enthusiasm and engaging personality brighten any room in which he performs."


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"Besides having amarvelous earfor harmony,John Cocuzzi hasfire, enthusiasm,and speed." — STEVE JORDANGuitarist forBenny Goodman,Stan Kenton, Artie Shaw



"Versatility, virtuosityand passion:This is whatyou need to knowabout the musicof John Cocuzzi."— JEFF BARNHARTJazz pianist



"John Cocuzzi isa fabulous musicianand entertainer whocan do it all—vibes,piano and vocals."— DAVID COOPERDirectorSan Diego Jazz Party




ALL IN THE FAMILY
John Cocuzzi was born in the '60s at Andrews Air Force Base, just outside Washington, DC. His father, Frank Cocuzzi, had been a percussionist for the U.S. Marine Band and was a professional jazz drummer. Growing up, John would accompany his dad and sit-in at jam sessions with the older players. As a young man exposed to great jazz, John was able to get acquainted with these players and their music. There was live music everywhere he went, leading him to his musical life path. John soon established himself as a dynamic stylist and multi-instrumentalist in the Washington, DC area.
STYLES AND INFLUENCES
First a drummer, then a piano player, John didn't add the vibraphone till his late teens when he was inspired by Lionel Hampton recordings. Drumming greatly influenced John's rhythmic versatility on piano and vibes. Cocuzzi's piano work is influenced by Jelly Roll Morton, Thomas "Fats" Waller, Mead "LUX" Lewis, Professor Longhair, Nat "King" Cole, James Booker, and Erroll Garner. One can also hear echoes of Gene Harris and Dave McKenna in John's playing. His vibraphone influences include Lionel Hampton, Red Norvo, and Milt Jackson. His vocal influences are New Orleans jazz and blues stylists, but John also has his own shy-guy style on ballads. He enjoys making old songs new by creatively introducing fresh rhythms and honoring the rhythms of New Orleans in the spirit of Louis Armstrong.
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LEADER & FOLLOWER
For 15 years, John was Music Director for the 219 Restaurant’s Basin Street Lounge in Old Town, Alexandria, VA. He was also Music Director for the Crystal City Jazz Celebration, a jazz party in the DC area, where John worked since its inception in 2003 through 2006, presenting the best artists in classic jazz today. In 2009, John became VP of the Sac. Trad. Jazz Society, which produces the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee.
John has been working as both sideman and leader with top musicians since the mid-1980s and continues to attract new fans wherever the music takes him, whether its cross-country with Ed Polcer's All-Stars or Allan Vaché's "Benny Goodman Tribute," or to Europe with the Joe Ascione Quartet. In the DC area, John appeared with his own trio/quartet and performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Smithsonian’s IMAX Jazz Café, the Corcoran Art Gallery, and Blues Alley, Washington DC’s premier jazz club. He has also performed at the Lincoln Center in New York City, the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore, MD, Snug Harbor and the Palm Court Jazz Café in New Orleans, Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood, and Marian's Jazz Room in Bern, Switzerland.
IN GOOD COMPANYJohn has been blessed to perform and/or record with numerousjazz and blues greats — listed alphabeticallyClick on the w to visit their website


IN JOHN'S WORDS:“My fatheralways wantedto learn the piano butdidn’t really have anopportunity to do soin his childhood,so he got pianolessons for me whenI was 8 years old.I studied with myfirst teacher,Mrs. Sturgis,in Cheverly, MD.(Thank youMrs. Sturgis!)I had a lesson everySaturday morningat her house.Then, I studiedwith Mr. Pollackfor 6 years.(Thank youMr. Pollack!)When I heard his8-year-old sonplay Bach on the'good' piano upstairs,I realizedI wasn’t cut out to bea classical pianist,so I spent my timelearning andlistening to jazz.Mr. Pollackfinally lost patiencewith me improvisingBach’s music,and the restis history." —JOHN COCUZZI













BLUES LEGENDS “Weeping” Tommy BrownFloyd DixonEarl KingJimmy McCracklinJimmy “T-99” Nelson
PLUS OTHER GREATS OFBLUES and JUMP BLUES:"Little Charlie" BatyMookie BrillJaniva Magness "Big Joe" Maher w Kevin McKendree w Bob Seeley
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VOCALSTerry Blaine wYve Evans w Banu Gibson Rebecca Kilgore wVivian Lee w Brady McKay w Barbara Morrison w Daryl Sherman

PIANOJeff BarnhartJohn BunchJudy Carmichael w Skitch Henderson Eddie HigginsTom Hook Dick HymanJim Martinez w Mark ShaneJohn SheridanRossano Sportiello w Ray TemplinJohnny Varro

JAZZ LEGENDSLouis Bellson, drKeter Betts, bBilly Butterfield, tptDoc Cheatham, tptBarrett Deems, drBob Haggart, bSkitch Henderson, composer, arranger, conductor, pianistMilt Hinton, bSteve Jordan, gtr w Snooky Young, tpt• • • • •

VIBRAPHONEPeter Appleyard Chuck Redd w

VIOLINJohnny FrigoAndy Stein

GUITARHoward Alden w James ChirilloJoe CohnVinnie CorraoEddie EricksonMarty GroszSteve Homan w Steve JordanJerry KrahnRussell MaloneBucky PizzarelliJohn Pizzarelli w

TRUMPET / CORNET Billy ButterfieldDoc Cheatham, tpt Jackie Coon (flugelhorn) Jim Cullum w Duke Heitger Clyde HuntJon-Erik Kellso w Ed Polcer w Randy ReinhartRandy SandkeTom SaundersBob Schulz Bria Skonberg w Byron StriplingWarren Vaché w Snooky Young Joe Wilder

TROMBONEBill AllredJohn Allred w Dan Barrett wWycliffe Gordon w Bob HavensGeorge MassoRuss Phillips w Mike Rinta

BASSKeter Betts Andy CleyndertFrank TatePhil FlaniganVince GiordanoBob Haggart Milt Hinton Paul Keller w Kristin Korb Jennifer Leitham wChris LutyNicki Parrott w John Previti wRichard Simon w Murray Wall

CLARINET(See below for Clarinet/Sax) Evan ChristopherKim CusackBob Draga Bobby GordonChuck Hedges Eric SchneiderAllan Vaché w

CLARINET / SAX Harry Allen w John AltmanDan BlockAnat Cohen Kenny DavernTom FischerJim GallowayRed HollowayDan Levinson w Mike McMullenTommy Newsom Joep Peeters Ken Peplowski w Houston Person w Scott RobinsonFrank RoberscheutenAntti SarpillaBob Wilber

DRUMSJoe Ascione wLouie Bellson Frank Cocuzzi w Danny CootsBarrett Deems Gerald FrenchJake HannaAli Jackson Eddie LockeEd Metz, Jr. w Butch MilesBobby RosengardenPete Siers













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THIS AND THAT
On radio, John recorded a session for NPR’s “Riverwalk: Live at The Landing” with the Jim Cullum Band. It was a tribute to Benny Goodman, “The Swing Shift: Jazz on Late-Night Radio,” and featured Allan Vaché on clarinet with Nicholas Payton on trumpet.
National tours with Ed Polcer have included educational programs for grades K-12 and college level clinics involving demonstrations, information, technique, and performance. They discuss America’s original art form—jazz and blues—and the instruments and musicians that made classic jazz what it is today.
John also does composing and arranging for jazz and other styles, and he does studio recording/mixing for classic jazz and swing. Visit the MUSIC page to hear samples of some of his recordings.
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Articles, News, and Reviews
REVIEW - CONCERT: John Cocuzzi Quartet in Sac., CABy Vivian Lee
REVIEW - CONCERT: "Sunday Eve. Jazz" at JB's in Sac., CA By Vivian Lee
REVIEW - CONCERT: John Cocuzzi for STJS – AATJBy Judy Hendricks
REVIEW – CD: "Swingin' and Burnin'" – All About JazzBy Dave Nathan
REVIEW – CD: "Swingin' and Burnin'" – epinions.comBy Mike Holmes
REVIEW – CD: "LIVE! In Cactus Country" – L.A. Jazz SceneBy Harvey Barkan
REVIEW – CD: "Swingin' and Burnin'"Assorted from The Absolute Sound, Jazz Times, and CMJ New Music Report
REVIEW – CD: "We Got Rhythm" by the Big Three TrioBy Oscar Groomes, O's Place Jazz Newsletter
REVIEW – CD: "We Got Rhythm" by the Big 3 TrioBy Jim Santella, Cadence Magazine
NEWS RELEASE – John Cocuzzi named "Jazz Ambassador 2007" at AZ Classic Jazz Festival – Chandler, Arizona
ARTICLE – 2 articles on the West Texas Jazz Party in May 2009.
ARTICLE – "Swing & Jazz Preservation Society January 15, 2008 Concert: ED POLCER AND HIS JAZZ ALL-STARS" – by Mort Mozar
ARTICLE – "The Day John Cocuzzi’s Band Almost Blew the Roof Off the Glendora Ballroom" – by Nicolette Modaber
ARTICLE – "Jazz in Mountain Time: Summit Jazz is Top-Level Music" – by Bob Lynn
ARTICLE — (Riverwalk Radio) "The Swing Shift: Jazz on Late-Night Radio" – by Don Mopsick


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Steve Wolf, The Man Is A Ninja!

 

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Steve Wolf The Man Is A Ninja!

Steve Wolf, bassist, has been a fixture on the Washington music scene since the late 60s. During that time he has performed throughout the United States and Europe with such D.C. area notables as Danny Gatton, Tom Principato, The Nighthawks, Cathy Ponton-King, Catfish Hodge, Deanna Bogart, Bob Margolin, Linwood Taylor, Ron Holloway, Big Joe Maher, Jessie Yawn, and a diverse group of national artists ranging from Chuck Berry, The Coasters and Bo Diddly to Doctor John, Brian Auger and sax man Clarence Clemons. His well respected work in the blues arena has led him to back Chicago blues legends Sunnyland Slim, Pine Top Perkins, Charlie Musselwhite, Guitar Junior (Luther Johnson), and many others. Steve has also garnered an impressive list of recording credits as both a performer and producer. To read more about Steve, visit myspace.com/stevewolfbass.
 

Chuck Underwood, The Man With The Larger Than Life Sound

 
 

Monday, January 4, 2010

Chuck Underwood The Man With The Larger Than Life Sound

Chuck Underwood has been an in demand guitarist for more than 20 years performing and recording with some of Washington, DC's most respected musicians. Chuck has performed as a guest soloist with the National Symphony and as part of Patti LaBelle's touring band, appeared on The Tonight Show, Showtime At The Apollo and venues worldwide.

Currently Chuck works with Pam Bricker, The Manny Bobenrieth Ensembleand leads his own jazz trio. Chuck was nominated by the WashingtonMusic Association for best instrumentalist in 2002.

Chuck adds his work to "Under The Sea" and "Josie" on Urban Funks Heroes And Legends