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!
But, my, how these horns blow! Berkley's tenor sweetly
reaches out for the spirit of Eddie Harris to counterpoint his
arrangement of McCann's
Samia. P.M.S. (Proud Mary Suite?) opens in a slow big-
band movement, then crashes through several wild moods
(including a piano that
plays I Got Rhythm then proceeds to tear that rhythm down)
until you can barely see Fogerty's original left in the distance
It all closes in a celebration of Berkley's Mighty Love for soul
music that honors not only the sound of The Spinners but The