Kris Funn here with Matthew Stevens at a Christian Scott concert

The Soulful Baltimore Sound part 2

How did the gigs with Kenny Garrett, Christian Scott and Warren Wolf come along? “Well Warren and I pretty much grew up with and with Kenny I just knew his drummer John Lamkin who also was from Baltimore. Christian came through Washington DC and often because of the state or the economy they can’t afford [...]

The Soulful Baltimore Sound, part 1

Kris Funn was in town recently to play with Christian Scott who he has played and toured with for quite a few years. In his early days he studied computer science at Howard University, later touring with jazz greats Kenny Garrett, Christian Scott, and Warren Wolf. Tell me about yourself. “I am 35 years of [...]

Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival 2015

Beantown Jazz Festival 2015, also known as “Boston’s Biggest Block Party,” took place on Saturday September 26th. The theme this year was Jazz: The Voice of the People. The festival offered a wide variety of different kinds of music ranging from Beantown Festival musical director Terri Lyne Carrington’s Mosaic Project to the legendary saxophonist George [...]

Snarky Puppy

They Like it Here: Snarky Puppy Beantown Recap

You may have mistaken the pop/R&B/jazz/fusion sensation, Snarky Puppy, for Berklee College of Music alumni; after all, they are basically treated as such. Few non-Berklee affiliated acts receive such acclaim and adoration from the Berklee community, faculty and students alike. Having collaborated with alumna Lalah Hathaway, performed at the Berklee Performance Center numerous times, and [...]

Sheila-E.

Beantown Recap: “Who Said Girls Couldn’t Play Drums?”

This year’s Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival featured a great variety of different musical acts, including trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire’s band, the New York-based Snarky Puppy, and the main act, renowned percussionist Sheila E. Most people know Sheila Escovedo from her time playing with Prince’s band. She grew up in a musical family; her dad, Pete Escovedo, was a percussionist and [...]

          February 10, 2018