The Uptown Horns: Bob Funk

 

The Uptown Horns: Bob Funk

Bob at the Stereo Society Sprawl sessions,
September 1998


Bob Funk:
Trombone

Bob Funk plays trombone solo on:
Intro: Coming Quietly
Fire
Can Catch

The Uptown Horns at the Stereo Society (selected links):
To Uptown Horns' home at the Stereo Society (all links)
To Uptown Horns' Biography
To 'On the Road'
To Uptown Horns' albums

To Uptown Horns' interview with Mike Thorne

To Bob Funk (trombone)
To Crispin Cioe (alto sax)
To Larry Etkin (trumpet and flugelorn
To Arno Hecht (tenor sax)

To external Uptown Horns sites:
To www.Crispinmusic.com
To Burnzy's Last Call soundtrack
To www.Phunque.com


 

Bob Funk was trained classically by his father, a professional violinist with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and a variety of teachers ranging from his Cheyenne Mountain High School, the University of Denver under Tasso Harris, the prestigious Interlochen National Music Camp and the Aspen Music Festival before coming to NY to study at The Julliard School and the New School for Social Research. Before, during and after college, Funk was one of the youngest members of the Colorado Springs Symphony, the Colorado Brass Quintet, the Aspen Festival and Chamber Orchestras. He also participated in regional performance groups in Colorado and the Western united States including the Ophelia Swing band at the Aspen & Telluride Jazz festivals and The Orchestra of Clouds in Boulder, CO.

"My father was really my greatest influence," comments Funk. "We would attend all the jazz concerts that came to Colorado: Duke Ellington, Jack Teagarden, Count Basie, Miles Davis, JJ Johnson. Later on I would see Cream, Willie Nelson and Boz Scaggs, too. We were a real musical family: my Dad on violin, my mom on Piano and my younger brothers on sax and clarinet. We always joked about how Sundays are for Mozart and Miles Davis." A major inspiration was sitting in with Willie Dixon and the Mothers of Invention band. "I was surprised Dixon would even let me, I was such a kid, that really changed my life." Another key influence was Dr. Per Brevig, principal trombonist with the NY Metropolitan Opera and a professor at Julliard.

After graduating, Funk joined the Mozart Opera Orchestra, and appeared on the Donald Fagan-produced original soundtrack album of the Broadway hit, "Gospel at Colonus." He also performed in productions for the Houston Grand Opera and the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

During the mid-70s, Funk went to Los Angeles to join the band, Bazuka. "They were a one-hit band, but at least it was top ten!" Their song "Dyno-mite!" taken from the then popular TV sitcom star Jimmie Walker afforded them the opportunity to tour the country opening for acts Al Green, the Ohio Players, and the Average White Band. "It was a great experience," remembers Funk. Drawn to NY after exhausting every festival and musical outlet in Colorado, Funk met Cioe, Hecht and Litteral trio at Max's Kansas City, and the rest, as they say, is history.

The Uptown Horns at the Stereo Society (selected links):
To Uptown Horns' home at the Stereo Society (all links)
To Uptown Horns' Biography
To 'On the Road'
To Uptown Horns' albums

To Uptown Horns' interview with Mike Thorne

To Bob Funk (trombone)
To Crispin Cioe (alto sax)
To Larry Etkin (trumpet and flugelorn
To Arno Hecht (tenor sax)

To external Uptown Horns sites:
To www.Crispinmusic.com
To Burnzy's Last Call soundtrack
To www.Phunque.com