Primary Instrument: Band/ensemble/orchestra
Created by Saxophonist Joey Berkley in 2005, this exciting jazz-funk band combines ‘Rhythm ‘n Blues’ and ‘Funk’ with ‘Jazz’
When putting the band together, Joey called upon a group of colleagues, top players on the NY “music-scene” , to form this exciting jazz-funk band which injects “Jazz” sophistication with ‘Rhythm ‘n Blues’ and ‘Funk’ grooves. Great solos and ensemble work are always the band’s focus. Funkasaurus Rex features a dynamic 5-piece horn section sound along with a versatile rhythm section groove to create Jazz with power, precision and originality.
Funkasaurus Rex is a testament to musicians who play for the love of playing. Each member of the band is a heavy- weight in their own right who pour their hearts into this project, motivated by the challenging musical arrangements. They work together in presenting a uniquely demanding body of material that thrills a listening audience while also moving it to dance.
The musical direction of the band brings great R & B and Funk songs from the past into a new era with a jazz perspective and inventive, fresh arrangements. Plus, our original material also comes out of that lineage and maintains the artistic integrity that our audience has come to expect - quality is the key. Whether it’s a well-loved classic or a classy original, these veteran players are bringing the REAL funk into a new era. From clubs to concert halls, Funkasaurus Rex provides their audiences with the highest level of expertise and dedication to convey their music as an art form. REAL Funky Music ain't extinct!
Etched in Stone was released in 2008 and included on the entry-list for the 2009 Grammy nominations in 5 categories. This CD enjoys a widespread presence on internet radio- platform sites and radio air-play lists.
2012 begins with the new release I Hear Voices On this new recording Funkasaurus Rex features a group of very talented singers! It's the same sound fans have come to expect with Funkasaurus Rex but now with the added bonus of some great vocal performances.
Funkasaurus Rex’ players combined credits are a veritable ‘Who’s Who’ of the music industry. The band is: Joey Berkley: Tenor Saxophone/Composer/Arranger; Bill Harris: Alto Saxophone; Brian Pareschi and Seneca Black: Trumpets; Matt McDonald: Trombone; John Tropea: Guitar; Sarah Cion: Piano; Seth Glassman: Bass; Chris Parker: Drums
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