Saturday, Oct. 28, 7:30 p.m.—BRANDON—The John Funkhouser Quartet gives the impression from their relaxed and informal demeanor, both on and off stage, that they’ve been friends for years — because they have. Together in various combinations and incarnations for over 15 years, this quartet of forward thinking jazz musicians exudes true confidence of the kind that can only come from long-term trust and friendship. Hear them Saturday, Oct. 28, 7:30 p.m. at Brandon Music.
The quartet has covered much musical ground together, playing everything from old-time swing music to avant-garde jazz, from rock/jam music to Greek and Bulgarian folk songs, and all the while putting their unique stamp of truthfulness and integrity on everything they play.
The eclectic concert in Brandon will reflect John Funkhouser’s recent studies of North Indian classical music, employing the deep serenity, pathos and light of ragas he has been studying in recent months, as well as the band’s enthusiasm for New Orleans street music, 70s funk and Prog Rock, the Great American Songbook, South African jazz, Chopin, and American folk music. Despite these varied influences, the sound of the band is instantly recognizable: full of empathy, fire, staggering technical displays, profound intimacy, joy and playfulness.
The John Funkhouser Quartet have headlined the Jazz In June festival in Oklahoma City and played at major music festivals nationwide, including the Riverbend Festival in Chattanooga, the Mellon Jazz Festival in Pittsburgh, and Jazz In The Sangres in Westcliffe, Colo. The band has played in such New York clubs as the Knitting Factory, Small’s, ShapeShifter and Cornelia St. Café.
This event is a part of Vermont Arts 2017, celebrating arts in Vermont.
Concert tickets are $20. A pre-concert dinner is available for $25. Reservations are required for dinner and recommended for the show. Venue is BYOB. Call 802-247-4295 or email [email protected] for reservations or for more information. Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Road, Brandon.
Photo courtesy of Brandon Music
THE JOHN FUNKHOUSER QUARTET