Funk & Soul Wednesdays – Tom Browne “Funkin’ for Jamaica”

Tom Browne is a Jazz trumpeter who was born and raised in Queens, NY. He achieved Gold album status in 1982 with his biggest hit “Funkin’ for Jamaica”, along with his co-writer and lead vocalist Tonni Smith. Tom went on to record ten albums between 1979 – 1999, and he still tours and play shows. Follow  Read More

Funk & Soul Wednesdays – The Meters

The Meters were a New Orleans funk band that formed in the late 60s and played until 1979. They are considered major influencers of the funk sound even though they never achieved mainstream success. Art Neville was the frontman and went on to form The Neville Brothers with his three brothers after the break up. During the band’s time together, they were the house band for Allen Toussaint’s record label, Sansu, backed the New Orleans... Read More

Funk & Soul Wednesdays – The Brothers Johnson

It’s a gloomy day here in NYC, but nothing that a little Brothers Johnson can’t cure. The main members, George and Louis Johnson, formed The Brothers Johnson in Los Angeles in the mid-70s. They hooked up with legendary producer Quincy Jones, and released four albums before going their separate ways. Louis Johnson is a well-regarded bassist, who played on Michael Jackson’s “Off The Wall” and “Thriller” albums.... Read More

Funk & Soul Wednesdays – Joe Tex

Joe Tex was an amazing Soul singer from the great state of Texas who died in 1984. Tex and fellow labelmate James Brown had a long running feud, Tex accused James of stealing his sound and dance moves, while James dated Tex’s wife and later fired a gun at him at a bar one night. I present to you two videos, because they both need to be seen. Joe Tex converted to Islam and didn’t record for many years, so this first video is the performance... Read More

Funk & Soul Wednesdays – The Coasters

This Funk & Soul Wednesday is dedicated to Tulum, Mexico, because I just came back from an amazing vacation there.  “Down in Mexico” was released by The Coasters in 1956 and was their very first single.  The Coasters had a way with humorous storytelling and this track is no exception.  You may also recognize the re-record from the ridiculously sexy lapdance scene in Quentin Tarantino’s “Death Proof”.  ... Read More

Funk & Soul Wednesdays – Marvin Gaye

Marvin Gaye’s career spanned the entire history of rhythm and blues before he was shot by his own Father at the age of 45.  His legacy carries on, and him and his music will never be forgotten.  Marvin and his band played at the legendary Montreux Jazz Festival in 1980, and watching the performance of “Got to Give it Up” always make me smile.  Sandra Lee Akaka absolutely destroys it on the cowbell.  If this doesn’t move... Read More

Funk & Soul Wednesdays – Booker T. & the MG’s

There’s no better way to kick-off Funk & Soul Wednesdays than with a listen to Booker T. & the MG’s.  This instrumental band represents two of my favorite things, the South (Memphis to be exact) and Stax Records.  Booker T. & the MG’s were the originators of the Stax sound and backed many Stax artists including Otis Redding, Rufus Thomas and Wilson Pickett.  “Green Onions” was the first album ever released... Read More

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