reviews Urban Funk Heroes And Legends Thursday, 18 November 2010 19:47 Bill Buckley Urban Funk are a US band whose music isn't quite the funk that their name implies. Rather, the sound of Urban Funk is the sound of smooth jazz. On this 13 tracker you could make comparisons with outfits like Spyro Gyra and the Rippingtons, though in fairness these Urban Funksters offer, in places anyway, a little more bite and attack. Throughout it's all pleasing, pleasant and polished and like most classic smooth jazz sets the repertoire is a mix of originals and covers with a smattering of vocals thrown in for variety.Indeed two vocal covers are the album's highlights – probably because of their familiarity and accessibility; they are Marvin Gaye's 'Mercy, Mercy Me' and Bobby Caldwell's 'What You Won't Do For Love' – two great songs to begin with and Urban Funk don't stray too far from the originals. In vocalist Tommy Lepson, though, they've found a real talent... no histrionics – just honest soul singing. The other covers are takes on Bob Marley's 'Is This Love', Christopher Cross's 'Sailing' (both very light), Steely Dan's 'Josie' (some great, driving sax from Wayne Sulic), Chick Corea's 'Spain', Santana's 'Samba Pa Ti', the film theme 'Black Orpheus' (all chosen to show the band can "do" Latin properly) and Stevie Wonder's 'Ribbon In The Sky' ( great keys from Steve Long here). That leaves a quartet of original tunes of which the opener, 'Urban Phunk' is the strongest. It rides a great soul groove and features catchy rifffing from the three piece brass section. 'Under The Sea' is another goodie – more flavours of Steely Dan... clearly the band dig Becker and Fagen. More established smooth jazz outfits would be rightly proud of these two cuts and you can find out more about the album on , while the album is currently available from CDBaby. ” - Bill Buckley

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    Wednesday, November 17, 2010 Smooth Jazz Gateway reviews Urban Funk Heroes And Legends Jackson's Smooth Jazz GatewayUrban Funk – Heroes and LegendsBringing us some East Coast jammin’ is this MD-based group, Urban Funk, which does a really decent job of incorporating a solid group of covers with some competent original material to create Heroes and Legends, a nice collection to add to your smooth jazz goodies.Designed with the intent, as the group says, “to pay homage and elaborate on the creativity of our teachers, gurus and masters of an art form we love” as well as to “add original material as the culmination of the experiences performing, recording and representing the pulse of the eras in we which we participated,” this album obviously has a direction. The covers are nicely interpreted though only conservatively tweaked. I suppose that was to drive home the point that the approach to these tunes was to preserve the integrity of the compositions and to show respect for the work of those coming before this group. A noble gesture.The original material suggests that the group didn’t just sit down and bang out a few notes, record them, and thrust them forward without regard to the listening public’s sensitivities.After a funky and snappy opening track, their original “Urban Phunk,” the group goes right after Steely Dan’s “Josie,” a brave gesture in my opinion, since I highly respect Steely Dan’s work, and it handles it most effectively.There are other examples of some satisfying quality playing (and singing, as is evidenced on Bobby Caldwell’s “What You Won’t Do For Love,” sung here quite well by one Tommy Lepson), and you can hear that time was truly used wisely-- and not wasted-- in creating this production.Posted by Ronald Jackson at 8:28 PM ” - Ronald Jackson

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Thursday,   Wednesday, February 24, 2010 Coconut Times Reviews Urban Funk's Heroes And Legends Now what got me thinking of those sexy men on sax was a blast from the past from our old friend Wayne Sulc who played with Jr. Cline and the Recliners for many years in several clubs here. Most of you know that Darryl (aka Jr.) had some health problems that prevented him from performing but he’s back and better than ever. Wayne told me they have played a few dates and are working on a return to Fager’s Island - maybe. Let’s hope, right? Anyway, Wayne has continued playing with several groups over the past few years doing everything from jazz to salsa, and now has assembled a group of superb musicians to produce a CD of Urban Funk titled Heroes and Legends. I can tell you I am really enjoying this collection of songs, most of which are arranged by Wayne Sulc with vocals recorded by another person with whom we are quite familiar, Tommy Lepson. The CD opens with the jazzy cool instrumental “Urban Phunk,” one of the originals on the CD, composed and arranged by Steve Long, that immediately captured my attention. Next is “Josie,” by Walter Becker & Donald Fagen, a superb arrangement by Mr. Sulc that is mostly instrumental with vocal tags by Lepson and Jennifer Smith. Following is “Mercy Mercy Me,” composed by Marvin Gaye, that is another combination of arranging genius and musicians’ triumphant performances. Another highlight for me is “Lourdes From Heaven” written by Wayne Sulc. So, you get the picture. Homage is paid to artists who helped shape the preferences and styles of these musicians; hence the name Heroes and Legends. This is a magnificent studio collaboration that spanned a few years to its completion. I doubt that we will ever hear these musicians assembled live, so go to saxman productions or request it from your local music store to hear what I’ve been happily listening to. ”

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Susie Mudd Red Rocker Review February 2010         Urban Funk’s debut CD is why I am so determined to get my words heard, so I can spread the word out about our music. “Heroes and Legends” is easily one of the best pieces of music I have ever heard.   There is nothing really bad about this release. The best of the best are in this group.  These creative energies have created the masterful release. Heroes and Legends were born by the love of the saxophone. Probably, that is one of the reasons (our) Music keeps me dreaming of getting my energy and spirit  back, and Music Monthly (albeit) with a new name.  Heroes and Legends is brilliant.  Title tells it all, and when you hear the best we have lay down tracks and create magic.  On the disc are Steve Long, Wayne Sulc, Jeff Bonk, Don Junker; John Thomakos, Tim Cututrona, Chuck Underwood¸ Tommy Lepson ,and  Jennifer Smith.  If you get off on great, funky music, with amazing vocals, licks to die for, and freaking awesome drums, excuse me, I mean percussion.  I am sure the release is available wherever you can get good and bad music. Thank you so much for the gift of this CD. The first cut knocks me out, and it just keeps getting better from there. The fact that this record is all covers, doesn’t alter my opinion of this record—these guys picked some great tunes.  I imagine it was really fun laying down tracks for it. Phenomenal listen!” - Susie Mudd

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In perhaps the most significant partnership since launching a year ago in June 2010, ArtJamz participants will get a chance to paint while listening to live jazz in the Kogod Courtyard of the American Art Museum during three of the museum’s ongoing Thursday night “Take 5! Concerts.” The Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard designed by world-renowned architects at Foster + Partners in London In each of the three sessions, ArtJamz participants will get a chance to paint from 5PM to 8PM while taking in the live sounds of funk jazz bands. The June 16th session features live music from D.C.-based jazz band “Urban Funk;” the July 21st session features live jazz from “Funk Ark;” and The Kelly Bell Band headlines the August 18th session. It’s free to come to the Kogod Courtyard and listen to live jazz; however, for $40 participants can receive a 22x 28-sized canvas they get to keep, an easel, acrylic paints, brushes, art materials, the support of ArtJamz hosts and a chance to make art in one of America’s most iconic museums. Participants also receive 20% off drinks and food at the Courtyard Café during the session. “We are so thrilled about this partnership. It’s amazing to think that in just one year, we’ve gone from an experimental participatory art concept to hosting ArtJamz sessions within the walls of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. We can’t wait to see what kind of inspiration this beautiful courtyard and live jazz will give the artjammers,” says ArtJamz founder and Genki Media CEO Michael M. Clements.” - Staff

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Urban Funk Details Reader reviews [0] Please note: This event has already occurred.   Music Type: Funk/soul Quick Take The Smithsonian American Art Museum brings this jazz/R&B/Latin fusion band led by local saxophonist Wayne Sulc to the Kogod Courtyard for a free concert, part of the museum's "Take 5!" series. While you're listening, peruse the works in progress being painted by ArtJamz participants (ArtJamz has a temporary studio set up for the concerts). ” - Going Out Guru

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Skip to main content Follow us OnTopic custom content solutions Learn more about how can help your site. Sign up Arts & Entertainment Celebrity Cultural Arts Arts & Exhibits Performing Arts Music Bars & Clubs Nightlife Food Recipes Restaurants Video More 'Urban Funk' free Thursday eve at the Smithsonian (Photos) Take 5! June 13, 2011 By: Patricia Leslie 3 photosView the full slideshow »  0 0 Email Arts & Exhibits newsletter E-mail * Show do not change  Contact Email Contact Email2 Contact Url Subscribe to Blog Remember my Info Related topics Smithsonian American Art Museum jazz concerts free concerts Related Ads Live Band DC Hollywood Free Photos Advertisement Jazz, rhythm and blues, percussion and Latin music mixed make Urban Funk's sounds of "funk fusion," certain to energize and make happy all listeners at the Smithsonian American Art Museum Thursday evening. Wayne Sulc on saxophone is the leader of Urban Funk, a local DC band.   View slideshow: Avi Wisnia at the Smithsonian Their performance is one of the monthly "Take 5!" series on stage at the Kogod Courtyard in the museum across the street from the Verizon Center. There is no charge to attend, but you may want to purchase beverages and a treat or two for additional enjoyment.   Games for guests to play are also available at no charge, and there's plenty of room for dancing. During band breaks, visitors may want to take advantage of an exhibit or two at SAAM or the National Portrait Gallery before 7 p.m. when they close. The Avi Wisnia Band at the Smithsonian in May Photo credit:  Patricia Leslie   Who: Urban Funk What: Take 5! When: 5-8 p.m., Thursday, June 16, 2011 Where: The Kogod Courtyard at the Smithsonian American Art Museum at 8th and F streets, NW Cost: No charge Metro stations: Gallery Place-Chinatown, Metro Center, or Navy Memorial-Archives For more information: 202-633-1000 or 202-633-7970 More Take 5s! Coming up: Thursday, July 21, 5-8 p.m., Funk Art, "soulful big band" with keyboardist Will Rast and "a gang of ten by his side Thursday, August 18, 5-8 p.m., Kelly Bell Band, voted the Best Blues Band in the mid-Atlantic region for 12 years Related Searches Live Band DC Hollywood Free Photos Suggested by the author: Take 5! at SAAM's jazz nights Afro Bop Alliance at Smithsonian's Take Five! President Andrew Jackson at The National Portrait Gallery Elvis Presley! Live and on stage at the National Portrait Gallery Where is former Mayor, Ambassador, U.S. Congressman Andrew Young?  by Taboola You May Like   Reggie Bush: ‘Kim Kardashian is a disgusting woman…’   Wow! Is Kim Kardashian's butt really this curvy?? (photos)   9-year-old gives birth: 17-year-old father sought by Mexico authorities   Kate Middleton’s pubic hair becomes a joke after bottomless photos leak   Lindsey Vonn leg photo goes viral (Warning: graphic image) (Video)   Scott Hall dying: Former WWE star tells Jake Roberts he is a 'dying man'  Newsmax  These 5 Things Start Cancer in Your Body. Watch Video.Newsmax  Moneynews  Billionaire Tells Americans to Prepare For "Financial Ruin"Moneynews Advertisement  0 0 Email Print Report Patricia Leslie, DC cultural events Examiner Patricia Leslie is a woman of the night and the weekend who roams the District pursuing cultural and athletic delights which feed her spirit. Her label, The Queen of Free, stems from her wallet. You may contact Patricia with your comments and questions. ” - Patricia Leslie

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