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Detroit Rising


Detroit Rising

 

 

 

A Cosmic Jazz Funk Adventure

 


Detroit Funk-N-Jazz Artists Collab with Musicians from

Parliament Funkadelic

Live recordings at United Sound Detroit, Hollywood, NY, Las Vegas, Funky Florida

Vinyl, CD, Digital, Streaming...Spring 2018....

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Detroit Rising


Detroit Rising

 

 

 

A Cosmic Jazz Funk Adventure

 


Detroit Funk-N-Jazz Artists Collab with Musicians from

Parliament Funkadelic

Live recordings at United Sound Detroit, Hollywood, NY, Las Vegas, Funky Florida

Vinyl, CD, Digital, Streaming...Spring 2018....

Starring Musicians From P-Funk and United Sound Detroit. Neo-soul, Jazz, Funk, Rock-N-Roll. 12 world famous artists gathered to jam and create a very cool new album. We like to call it: Retro Future Funk. Vinyl contains collectable colored disc plus digital download. 2X the number of songs plus instrumentals. DJ's you can jam on the vinyl and crossfade or cut with the digital. Audiofile purists will love the quality of the recordings. Mixed by Richie Beretta ( Beyonce) and Mastered by Tatsuya (  A Tribe Called Quest) & Mark Santangelo (Childish Gambino)

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" The brIDGE PROJECT "

Over 2 years in the making. An intersection of Motown Detroit, P-funk musicians, Jazz and electronic music.

Twelve super talented jazz-funk artists play live to create a hybrid album. Part funk, jazz, soul and rock-n-roll.

Recorded live at the famous United Sound Studios in Detroit, NY, LA, Las Vegas and at the swamp funk recording

studios in Florida. Their combined talents create a fusion of jazz colors, soulful vocals and driving rhythms. 

Taking a break from relentless touring, these funky musicians and their friends get to step out in a whole new direction.

 

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STARRING the musicians from P-funk, Detroit Rising and special guests from Prince & Lady Gaga's band.

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STARRING the musicians from P-funk, Detroit Rising and special guests from Prince & Lady Gaga's band.

MUSICIANS from P-funk

 

BLACKBYRD MCKNIGHT - Guitar

Blackbyrd was grooved in the cradle by his father’s broad collection of jazz recordings as an infant, brainwashed by Jimi Hendrix in his teens, entered the University of Funk in his twenties, and has never stopped evolving and rocking people ever since. In the early stages of his career, Blackbyrd mainly worked with Jazz musicians, such as Miles Davis, Charles Lloyd, Sonny Rollins, Herbie Hancock & the Headhunters, and more. He then redirected his path towards funk when he joined the P-Funk Camp in 1978 and has been funkin people up ever since. He was the musical director of George Clinton and Parliament/Funkadelic from 1980 to 2008. Other than working with P-Funk artists such as George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, and Bernie Worrell, Blackbyrd has also worked with The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ron Wood & Bernard Fowler of the Rolling Stones, Bill Laswell, HR of Bad Brains, Macy Gray, Fishbone and Wyzard of Mothers Finest to name but a few.

Blackbyrd started his solo career with Will Calhoun, Melvin Gibbs and Ronny Drayton  at Knitting Factory in September 2007. In 2008, he co-founded the new supergroup “SociaLybrium” with world known keyboard player Bernie Worrell. The band toured in US and Europe, and created an album “For You, For Us, For All”. Blackbyrd is now appearing on stage with The Miles Electric Band, an all-star cast of musicians who have previously worked with Miles Davis, to carry the torch of Davis’ electric period to the next generations. You also might want to check occasional appearances with Shuggie Otis who is a big influence on Blackbyrd from his teens to present.

Blackbyrd dropped his long awaited first solo album “’Bout Funkin’ Time” in November 2009. This album is packed with Blackbyrd’s musical talents not only as a guitarist but also as a songwriter, arranger, producer, and multi-instrumentalist.

Blackbyrd spreads his wings and flies to anywhere his artistic inspiration calls.

<Discography>

Charles Lloyd: “Morning Sunrise” (1973)

Charles Lloyd: “Geeta” (1973)

Sonny Rollins: “Nucleus” (1975)

Herbie Hancock: “Man-child” (1975)

Herbie Hancock: “Flood – Live in Japan 75”

The Headhunters: “Survival of the Fittest” (1975)

Alphonso Johnson: “Moonshadows”(1976)

Bennie Maupin: “Slow traffic to the right" (1977)

The Headhunters: “Straight from the Gate” (1978)

 

 

 

  DANNY BEDROSIAN - Piano/moog/synths   Daniel Peter Bedrosian was born in Lawrence MA. His parents classical pianists Peter &amp; Jeanne Bedrosian. started their own Piano School, and like any loving musical tradition, enrolled their three children. They were classically trained and also involved in Church Choir, their father being the director. Danny started Classical Recitals at the age five, the same year winning the bronze in Musical Theory and performance. Bedrosian won the gold medal and until 18, would play in dozens of Classical Recitals playing pieces by Khatchaturian, Bartok, Beethoven, Sanucci, Bach, Tcherepnin, Grieg, Vandall, and more. His interests in jazz and R&amp;B began at the age of 10.&nbsp; He played keyboards and sang in local Latin, Metal, and Hip Hop Groups. Eventually he started his own 18-piece New England based, super-funk group called Sweet Motha'Child. Between the ages of 16 and 20, Bedrosian met and befriended his longtime musical favorite George Clinton &amp; Parliament-Funkadelic. After receiving his degree at 22, Bedrosian moved&nbsp; to P-funk home Tallahassee, FL.&nbsp; Keyboardist Jerome Rodgers worked landed Bedrosian his job as keyboard tech for George. Within months, Bedrosian was brought into the fold as a full time musician and has played all over the world with P-funk. He is now featured on Live P-funk releases. Credits include: Jerome Rodger's debut album, appearances on BET, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno &amp; Last Call with Carson Daly plus many more. Bedrosian also plays keyboards for P-funk offshoot bands such as: 420 Funk Mob, Divadelic &amp; COP, Drugs, Cacophonic FM, GCIII Varsity Squad &amp; The Church of High Voltage. He released his own debut album in 2005. Bedrosian is Producer &amp; Engineer of his Production &amp; Publishing Company BOZFONK, working on Albums by Som'n Fierce, MoonChild, Secret Army, The Soular System, Asphalt Panda, Teresa Jimenez, Clonin the Wheel and Sweet Motha’ Child. A highlight, Danny performed with George Clinton, P-Funk, and Sly Stone at the inaugural ball in Washington DC for President Barack Obama. Danny toured South America with George Clinton and P-Funk in 2009 and he also played multiple solos with the group at the Tokyo Jazz Festival in front of 85,000 people in Japan. He also had a debut tour with his band Secret Army up and down the east coast of the US. In 2011, Danny&nbsp; performed on the Late show with Craig Ferguson, resulting in 6 weeks of &nbsp;touring in Japan and the US, followed by trips to South America and Europe, culminating in the longest tour with P-Funk yet, clocking in over three months, and four continents, and about 11 nations in that time period. By 2014, Bedrosian had been on 4 international tours, multiple domestic tours and featured as the regular keyboard player (in his eleventh year with P-funk). Highlights included performing on the History Channel Show "American Restoration", and another Secret Army tour focusing in the Northeast, West Coast, Colorado, and Russia. Danny sat in with the Roots on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon for George's new book, which Bedrosian helped write the acknowledgements for.&nbsp; Danny also played on the new album Funkadelic's "First You Gotta Shake the Gate", featuring Bedrosian on 19 of the albums 33 tracks, the first Funkadelic album in 33 years. Starring: Sly Stone, Bootsy Collins, Bernie Worrell, Garry Shider, Michael Hampton, Blackbyrd McKnight and Soul Clap.&nbsp;An endorsement in 2014 with the Novation/Focusrite companies, led to the synth as his primary lead instrument, as well as creating "producer " patches. He performed with George Clinton at the Detroit Pistons Halftime show at the Palace, visiting the famous United Sound Studios in Detroit. 2015 featured albums by Gotcha, Space Bugs, Ishan Cooper, Less-on, and George Clinton's Live at Metropolis, plus a UK gig on Jools Holland's (alongside Mumford and Sons, Noel Gallagher and his High Flying Birds, Ghost Poet, Cheeykyh Lo, Kim Wagner plus an appearance at&nbsp; theGlastonbury Festival.. Bedrosian also performed his long planned Armenian Genocide Centennial Concert in Tallahassee FL. with his new Armenian Ensemble. In 2016 Bedrosian's trio, Som'n Fierce, had a high profile gig on PBS WFSU Local Routes and performed at Cascades Park, Tallahassee FL's outdoor venue.&nbsp; More Classical Music and Armenian Folk Music and opening with his Armenian Trio for the FSU Orchestra in October, debuting his performance of Khatchaturian's Piano Toccatta for the first time. 2016 also marks his 13 solo album, My Oldest Friend.   

DANNY BEDROSIAN - Piano/moog/synths

Daniel Peter Bedrosian was born in Lawrence MA.
His parents classical pianists Peter & Jeanne Bedrosian. started their own Piano School, and like any loving
musical tradition, enrolled their three children.
They were classically trained and also involved in Church Choir, their father being the director.
Danny started Classical Recitals at the age five, the
same year winning the bronze in Musical Theory and performance. Bedrosian won the gold medal and until
18, would play in dozens of Classical Recitals
playing pieces by Khatchaturian, Bartok, Beethoven,
Sanucci, Bach, Tcherepnin, Grieg, Vandall, and more.
His interests in jazz and R&B began at the age of 10. 
He played keyboards and sang in local Latin, Metal, and Hip Hop Groups. Eventually he started his own 18-piece New England based, super-funk group called Sweet Motha'Child. Between the ages of 16 and 20, Bedrosian met and befriended his longtime musical favorite George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic. After receiving his degree at 22, Bedrosian moved  to P-funk home Tallahassee, FL.  Keyboardist Jerome Rodgers worked landed Bedrosian his job as keyboard tech for George.
Within months, Bedrosian was brought into the fold as a full time musician and has played all over the world with P-funk. He is now featured on Live P-funk releases. Credits include: Jerome Rodger's debut album, appearances on BET, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno & Last Call with Carson Daly plus many more. Bedrosian also plays keyboards for P-funk offshoot bands such as: 420 Funk Mob, Divadelic & COP, Drugs, Cacophonic FM, GCIII Varsity Squad & The Church of High Voltage.
He released his own debut album in 2005. Bedrosian is
Producer & Engineer of his Production & Publishing Company BOZFONK, working on Albums by Som'n Fierce, MoonChild, Secret Army, The Soular System,
Asphalt Panda, Teresa Jimenez, Clonin the Wheel and Sweet Motha’ Child. A highlight, Danny performed with George Clinton, P-Funk, and Sly Stone at the inaugural ball in Washington DC for President Barack Obama.
Danny toured South America with George Clinton and P-Funk in 2009 and he also played multiple solos with the group at the Tokyo Jazz Festival in front of 85,000 people in Japan. He also had a debut tour with his band Secret Army up and down the east coast of the US.
In 2011, Danny  performed on the Late show with Craig Ferguson, resulting in 6 weeks of  touring in Japan
and the US, followed by trips to South America and Europe, culminating in the longest tour with P-Funk yet, clocking in over three months, and four continents, and about 11 nations in that time period.
By 2014, Bedrosian had been on 4 international tours, multiple domestic tours and featured as the regular keyboard player (in his eleventh year with P-funk).
Highlights included performing on the History Channel Show "American Restoration", and another Secret Army
tour focusing in the Northeast, West Coast, Colorado, and Russia. Danny sat in with the Roots on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon for George's new book, which
Bedrosian helped write the acknowledgements for. 
Danny also played on the new album Funkadelic's "First You Gotta Shake the Gate", featuring Bedrosian on 19 of the albums 33 tracks, the first Funkadelic album in 33 years. Starring: Sly Stone, Bootsy Collins, Bernie Worrell, Garry Shider, Michael Hampton, Blackbyrd McKnight and Soul Clap. An endorsement in 2014 with the Novation/Focusrite companies, led to the synth as his primary lead instrument, as well as creating "producer " patches. He performed with George Clinton at the Detroit Pistons Halftime show at the Palace, visiting the famous United Sound Studios in Detroit.
2015 featured albums by Gotcha, Space Bugs, Ishan Cooper, Less-on, and George Clinton's Live at Metropolis, plus a UK gig on Jools Holland's
(alongside Mumford and Sons, Noel Gallagher and his High Flying Birds, Ghost Poet, Cheeykyh Lo, Kim Wagner plus an appearance at  theGlastonbury
Festival.. Bedrosian also performed his long planned Armenian Genocide Centennial Concert in Tallahassee FL. with his new Armenian Ensemble.
In 2016 Bedrosian's trio, Som'n Fierce, had a high profile gig on PBS WFSU Local Routes and performed at Cascades Park, Tallahassee FL's outdoor venue. 
More Classical Music and Armenian Folk Music and opening with his Armenian Trio for the FSU Orchestra in October, debuting his performance of Khatchaturian's
Piano Toccatta for the first time. 2016 also marks his 13 solo album, My Oldest Friend.

 

  LIGE CURRY - Bass    Since age ten, LIGE CURRY has been playing and singing. He started out singing and then shortly after that, playing BASS guitar for his aunts, uncle, and grandfathers church in Flint Michigan where there were very cold winters. Therefore, the only thing to do was to deal with the cold and stay inside, play and pretend.  "The church was one of the only outlets to perform or show off your talent. OTHER THAN THAT, it was the times when my folks would have company over, and I would perform for all of them. Until it was time to go to bed. It was great!"  Moving a few years later, to CLEVELAND, OHIO, Lige played in local bands. Afterwards, he graduated and attended two years at Central State University majoring in music. Lige then left Cleveland for Los Angeles, California. At the age of 22, Lige looking for work, hooked up with his cousin Michael Hampton who was already working with the P-FUNK.  "I wanted to see what cuz was up to. P-FUNK was touring as always. So Mike asked GEORGE CLINTON could I hang for a while he said sure. I met all the O.G.’S and got to jam around with the band. They started to remember who I was pretty fast. It was a great sense of family in those days. I got a job working on the staff and crew it was great! Soon after Skeet Curtis left the band for a while and I was asked to play BASS GUITAR! I knew it was my chance to dance. So I took it. And I will always be thankful for the JOB!"  Although Lige plays with GEORGE CLINTON’S P-Funk, he grew up listening to Larry Graham, Bootsy Collins, Stanley Clark, Boogie Mosson, Billy Bass Nelson, Rusty Allen, Marcus Miller, Skeet Curtis, String, Billy Cox, John Jones, M.Ndegeocello, John Patitucci. Norwood Fisher, Les Claypool, Ray Brown, Buster Williams, Verdine White, Robert Bell, Doug Wimbush, Nathan East, Stuart Hamm, Jaco Pastorious. Now that Lige has been in the music business for over 30 years,&nbsp;he looks towards the future. He has produced many of his own productions including bass player, Starr Cullars &amp; her band! Starr's Funkrock bass. Other projects include Michael Hampton's first C.D, as well as his own C.D, and albums by DRUGS., RX,&nbsp;420fm with Clip Payne, NU PHOUND NATION, Frank Kash, Blackbyrd, Steve Boyd's sex Drugs &amp; R&amp;B, Bernie Worrell's album and more. &nbsp; Lige Curry has a list of Funky Folks He Worked with: Starr Cullars band, 420fm band, Nu Phound Nation Incorporated Thang Band, Sweat band, Sweat, Our Gang Funky, Royal First Family,&nbsp;Donna Rollins Electric Sparks, Funkadelic,, Bootsy The rubber band Parlet, The &nbsp;Brides of Funkenstien, Three, Stanly Jordan, Phish, The other ones, Steve Washington, Walter Morrison, Sly Stone, Gary Cooper, Tracey Lewis, Ron Ford, Jimmie G, Phish, Jessica Cleaves, Sidney Barnes Phillippe Wynne, Just to name a few! SELECT DISCOGRAPHY: PARLIAMENT: Trombipulation (1980) The Best Nonstop Mix Compilation (1991) The Casablanca Years 1974-1980 (2007) FUNKADELIC: Uncle Jam Wants You (1979) The Electric Spanking of War Babies (1981) Hardcore Funk Jam (1994) The Best of Funkadelic 1976-1981 (1994) Finest (1994) Ultimate Funkadelic (1997) The Very Best of Funkadelic 1976-1981 (1998) The Best (1999) Funk Gets Stronger (2000) The Complete Recordings 1976-81 (2000) The Original Cosmic Funk Crew (2000) Cosmic Slop (2000) Suitably Funky (2000) The Whole Funk and Nothin' But the Funk: Definitive Funkadelic 1976-81 (2005) Funkadelic (2007) First Ya Gotta Shake the Gate (2014) The Naked Funk (2008) Lige Curry The Naked Funk Project: All Around the World for the Funk (2014)  Other projects include: Amp Fiddler, Paul Schaffer, Danny Bedrosian Gotcha, Cacaphonic FM, Grand Slam, Moonchild

LIGE CURRY - Bass

Since age ten, LIGE CURRY has been playing and singing. He started out singing and then shortly after that, playing BASS guitar for his aunts, uncle, and grandfathers church in Flint Michigan where there were very cold winters. Therefore, the only thing to do was
to deal with the cold and stay inside, play and pretend.
"The church was one of the only outlets to perform or show off your talent. OTHER THAN THAT, it
was the times when my folks would have company over, and I would perform for all of them. Until it
was time to go to bed. It was great!"

Moving a few years later, to CLEVELAND, OHIO, Lige played in local bands. Afterwards, he graduated and attended two years at Central State University
majoring in music. Lige then left Cleveland for Los Angeles, California.
At the age of 22, Lige looking for work, hooked up with his cousin Michael Hampton who was already
working with the P-FUNK.
"I wanted to see what cuz was up to. P-FUNK was touring as always. So Mike asked GEORGE
CLINTON could I hang for a while he said sure. I met all the O.G.’S and got to jam around with the
band. They started to remember who I was pretty fast. It was a great sense of family in those days.
I got a job working on the staff and crew it was great! Soon after Skeet Curtis left the band for a
while and I was asked to play BASS GUITAR! I knew it was my chance to dance. So I took it. And I
will always be thankful for the JOB!"

Although Lige plays with GEORGE CLINTON’S P-Funk, he grew up listening to Larry Graham, Bootsy
Collins, Stanley Clark, Boogie Mosson, Billy Bass Nelson, Rusty Allen, Marcus Miller, Skeet Curtis, String,
Billy Cox, John Jones, M.Ndegeocello, John Patitucci. Norwood Fisher, Les Claypool, Ray Brown, Buster Williams, Verdine White, Robert Bell, Doug Wimbush,
Nathan East, Stuart Hamm, Jaco Pastorious.
Now that Lige has been in the music business for over 30 years, he looks towards the future. He has produced
many of his own productions including bass player,
Starr Cullars & her band! Starr's Funkrock bass. Other
projects include Michael Hampton's first C.D, as well as his own C.D, and albums by DRUGS., RX, 420fm with Clip Payne, NU PHOUND NATION, Frank Kash, Blackbyrd, Steve Boyd's sex Drugs & R&B, Bernie
Worrell's album and more.  
Lige Curry has a list of Funky Folks He Worked with:
Starr Cullars band, 420fm band, Nu Phound Nation
Incorporated Thang Band, Sweat band, Sweat,
Our Gang Funky, Royal First Family, Donna Rollins
Electric Sparks, Funkadelic,, Bootsy The rubber band Parlet, The  Brides of Funkenstien, Three, Stanly Jordan,
Phish, The other ones, Steve Washington, Walter Morrison, Sly Stone, Gary Cooper, Tracey Lewis, Ron Ford, Jimmie G, Phish, Jessica Cleaves, Sidney Barnes
Phillippe Wynne, Just to name a few!
SELECT DISCOGRAPHY:
PARLIAMENT:
Trombipulation (1980)
The Best Nonstop Mix Compilation (1991)
The Casablanca Years 1974-1980 (2007)
FUNKADELIC:
Uncle Jam Wants You (1979)
The Electric Spanking of War Babies (1981)
Hardcore Funk Jam (1994)
The Best of Funkadelic 1976-1981 (1994)
Finest (1994)
Ultimate Funkadelic (1997)
The Very Best of Funkadelic 1976-1981 (1998)
The Best (1999)
Funk Gets Stronger (2000)
The Complete Recordings 1976-81 (2000)
The Original Cosmic Funk Crew (2000)
Cosmic Slop (2000)
Suitably Funky (2000)
The Whole Funk and Nothin' But the Funk: Definitive Funkadelic 1976-81 (2005)
Funkadelic (2007)
First Ya Gotta Shake the Gate (2014)
The Naked Funk (2008)
Lige Curry The Naked Funk Project: All Around the World for the Funk (2014)

Other projects include:
Amp Fiddler, Paul Schaffer, Danny Bedrosian
Gotcha, Cacaphonic FM, Grand Slam, Moonchild

 
  BENJAMIN " Benzel" COWAN - Drums   “If there was ever a question if a young musician could effectively and effortlessly play true, authentic funk as well as embody the finesse of a seasoned jazz swing, drummer Benzel Baltimore puts the question to rest by doing just that. Held by Bootsy Collins as a baby, the Baltimore native got his first taste of drumming at the age of 2, and has been gigging as professional musician since the age of 15. As the son of the legendary trumpet player Bennie “The General” Cowan, Benzel was bred into funk music so there was no doubt that he was destined for greatness.  Benzel Baltimore studied early with the likes of Dave Weckl, Steve Smith, Pat Patrillo and Horacio Hernandez, which has made him the versatile drummer he is today. He caught the attention of world famous drummer Dennis Chambers so much that he took Benzel under his wing and became his mentor.  Many people describe Benzel as the “young guy with an old soul” and “the positive, energetic personality wearing the big smile behind the kit” on and off stage. His energy on stage and his electrifying performances and improvisational drum solos landed him a coveted spot as the drummer for George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic. Other credits include the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Woodstock 99, Jazz in Vienne, and the Essence Festival. As well as playing on the same bill as many legends such as Meshell N’Degeocello, Sheila E, Melanie Fiona, Robert Glasper, Robbie Coltrane and Pat Metheney.”

BENJAMIN " Benzel" COWAN - Drums

“If there was ever a question if a young musician could effectively and effortlessly play true, authentic funk as well as embody the finesse of a seasoned jazz swing, drummer Benzel Baltimore puts the question to rest by doing just that. Held by Bootsy Collins as a baby, the Baltimore native got his first taste of drumming at the age of 2, and has been gigging as professional musician since the age of 15. As the son of the legendary trumpet player Bennie “The General” Cowan, Benzel was bred into funk music so there was no doubt that he was destined for greatness.

Benzel Baltimore studied early with the likes of Dave Weckl, Steve Smith, Pat Patrillo and Horacio Hernandez, which has made him the versatile drummer he is today. He caught the attention of world famous drummer Dennis Chambers so much that he took Benzel under his wing and became his mentor.

Many people describe Benzel as the “young guy with an old soul” and “the positive, energetic personality wearing the big smile behind the kit” on and off stage. His energy on stage and his electrifying performances and improvisational drum solos landed him a coveted spot as the drummer for George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic. Other credits include the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Woodstock 99, Jazz in Vienne, and the Essence Festival. As well as playing on the same bill as many legends such as Meshell N’Degeocello, Sheila E, Melanie Fiona, Robert Glasper, Robbie Coltrane and Pat Metheney.”

  STEVE BOYD - Vocals   I was born and raised in Detroit Michigan. My musical background started in church. I was surrounded by some of the biggest gospel artists in the industry today like Derrick Brinkley, Fred Hammond and the Winians. From the start i got with various Doo Wopp singing groups until Steve Boyd and the Midnight Dreamers was the last group i had before signing a record deal with Warner Bros. As part of a group called the five special one member of the band bryan banks had an older brother who also sang with a group called the dramatics bryans brother was to produce the first album on five special which was a top ten billboard hit”why leave us alone” we toured the USA with the Jackson 5 and other groups like Kool and the Gang. five special almost every record you heard on the radio coming out of detriot was recorded at united sound studios during the recording of the three albums five special did for warner bros. 1978 i met George Clinton he and p funk and bootsy collins recorded in the studio more than everybody they were there all the time the owner of the studio don davis offered me a recording contract i took with out even thinkin about all i knew was that i would in the studio all the time just like george and the funk! the record deal didnt turn in to any realeses but the sessions i did with george more than paid me good money they showed me what making a record was all about i can be heard on such records with the red hot chilli peppers/ prince snoop doggy dogg/ so many records i would be all day making the list so after getting the studio hustle down in 1995 george called me to do a couple shows with him in europe i thought it would be for just a couple shows because i was signed with westbound records and fifteen years later here i am still touring with parliament funkadelic “all around the world for the funk”

STEVE BOYD - Vocals

I was born and raised in Detroit Michigan. My musical background started in church. I was surrounded by some of the biggest gospel artists in the industry today like Derrick Brinkley, Fred Hammond and the Winians. From the start i got with various Doo Wopp singing groups until Steve Boyd and the Midnight Dreamers was the last group i had before signing a record deal with Warner Bros. As part of a group called the five special one member of the band bryan banks had an older brother who also sang with a group called the dramatics bryans brother was to produce the first album on five special which was a top ten billboard hit”why leave us alone” we toured the USA with the Jackson 5 and other groups like Kool and the Gang. five special almost every record you heard on the radio coming out of detriot was recorded at united sound studios during the recording of the three albums five special did for warner bros. 1978 i met George Clinton he and p funk and bootsy collins recorded in the studio more than everybody they were there all the time the owner of the studio don davis offered me a recording contract i took with out even thinkin about all i knew was that i would in the studio all the time just like george and the funk! the record deal didnt turn in to any realeses but the sessions i did with george more than paid me good money they showed me what making a record was all about i can be heard on such records with the red hot chilli peppers/ prince snoop doggy dogg/ so many records i would be all day making the list so after getting the studio hustle down in 1995 george called me to do a couple shows with him in europe i thought it would be for just a couple shows because i was signed with westbound records and fifteen years later here i am still touring with parliament funkadelic “all around the world for the funk”

  GREG THOMAS- Saxaphones   Greg is a musician whose talent is deeply rooted in African American culture. Throughout the years he has learned how to perform all types of music from R &amp; B to Hip Hop, Acid Jazz to Blues to Gospel, Traditional Jazz, Rock‐n‐Roll to Polkas. However Jazz‐Funk is where his true loves lies. Greg began playing music at the early age of five, and his music talents are diverse. Greg performs a variety of instruments: Saxophones, Alto, Soprano, Tenor, Clarinet, Flute, Oboe, Bass, Guitar, Piano and Drums.  He is also a Producer, Arranger, Vocalist, Songwriter, Composer and Conductor. Currently Greg is performing and recording with George Clinton and the P‐Funk All‐Stars whom he has been with for many years. He also performs with Raphael Saadiq. He has also performed with other great artist such as Bootsy Collins, Maceo Parker, Fred Wesley, Stanley Clark, Dr. Dre, The Gap Band, Cameo, Snoop Dogg, Stephanie Mills, Mtume, The Spinners, Lou Rawls, Patra, Peter Wolf, Crystal Waters, Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers, Evelyn King, Too Short, Ike Turner, Al Green, Howard Hewitt, Glen Jones, Phil Perry and various other artist. Greg performs extensively in the United States and Canada as well as other counties such as Australia, Austria, Japan, Spain, Switzerland, Finland, France, Poland, Germany, England, Italy and Holland.  Greg television and video credits include in 2009 with George Clinton and the P‐Funk, The Monique Show, David Letterman Show, Carson Daily Show, and the Tonight Show with Jay Leno with Raphael Saadiq, Dancing with the Stars, the Bravo A list Awards Show, The Elton John Oscar After Party, The Ellen Degeneres Show, The Jay Leno and the Jimmy Kimmel Show.  Greg has performed on numerous George Clinton videos and movies P.C.U. Has performed on Soul Train, New York Undercover, The Arsenio Hall Show, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Show on H.B.O. Greg was filmed in the Hot selling DVD George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic “ Live at Montreux ” in 2004 where he was a featured perfomer. Greg is a musician who puts plenty of energy and feeling into his performances. He is currently working on a solo project to be released this year.

GREG THOMAS- Saxaphones

Greg is a musician whose talent is deeply rooted in African American culture. Throughout the years he has learned how to perform all types of music from R & B to Hip Hop, Acid Jazz to Blues to Gospel, Traditional Jazz, Rock‐n‐Roll to Polkas. However Jazz‐Funk is where his true loves lies. Greg began playing music at the early age of five, and his music talents are diverse. Greg performs a variety of instruments: Saxophones, Alto, Soprano, Tenor, Clarinet, Flute, Oboe, Bass, Guitar, Piano and Drums.

He is also a Producer, Arranger, Vocalist, Songwriter, Composer and Conductor. Currently Greg is performing and recording with George Clinton and the P‐Funk All‐Stars whom he has been with for many years. He also performs with Raphael Saadiq. He has also performed with other great artist such as Bootsy Collins, Maceo Parker, Fred Wesley, Stanley Clark, Dr. Dre, The Gap Band, Cameo, Snoop Dogg, Stephanie Mills, Mtume, The Spinners, Lou Rawls, Patra, Peter Wolf, Crystal Waters, Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers, Evelyn King, Too Short, Ike Turner, Al Green, Howard Hewitt, Glen Jones, Phil Perry and various other artist. Greg performs extensively in the United States and Canada as well as other counties such as Australia, Austria, Japan, Spain, Switzerland, Finland, France, Poland, Germany, England, Italy and Holland.

Greg television and video credits include in 2009 with George Clinton and the P‐Funk, The Monique Show, David Letterman Show, Carson Daily Show, and the Tonight Show with Jay Leno with Raphael Saadiq, Dancing with the Stars, the Bravo A list Awards Show, The Elton John Oscar After Party, The Ellen Degeneres Show, The Jay Leno and the Jimmy Kimmel Show.

Greg has performed on numerous George Clinton videos and movies P.C.U. Has performed on Soul Train, New York Undercover, The Arsenio Hall Show, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Show on H.B.O. Greg was filmed in the Hot selling DVD George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic “Live at Montreux” in 2004 where he was a featured perfomer. Greg is a musician who puts plenty of energy and feeling into his performances. He is currently working on a solo project to be released this year.

 
  TONYSHA NELSON - Vocals   Tonysha Nelson was born in Canada, and spent her first few years there before moving to Maryland. As one of the granddaughters of George Clinton (of P-Funk fame), Tonysha got involved in singing from a very young age. Around the age of 20, she joined the ranks of her grandfather's band, Parliament-Funkadelic, as a backup singer, which she is still doing; performing all around the world, Tonysha has played in front of huge crowds and with many other major artists. She is on the newest Funkadelic album "First ya gotta Shake the Gate" and is featured singing lead in the music video and single "Ain't That funkin kinda hard on you" along with Grandpa George, Funkadelic, as well as multi platinum rappers Kendrick Lamar, and Ice Cube. She also sang backup vocals on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. She also forms one half of the R&amp;B group Kandy Apple Red, along with her cousin Patavian Lewis.

TONYSHA NELSON - Vocals

Tonysha Nelson was born in Canada, and spent her first few years there before moving to Maryland. As one of the granddaughters of George Clinton (of P-Funk fame), Tonysha got involved in singing from a very young age. Around the age of 20, she joined the ranks of her grandfather's band, Parliament-Funkadelic, as a backup singer, which she is still doing; performing all around the world, Tonysha has played in front of huge crowds and with many other major artists. She is on the newest Funkadelic album "First ya gotta Shake the Gate" and is featured singing lead in the music video and single "Ain't That funkin kinda hard on you" along with Grandpa George, Funkadelic, as well as multi platinum rappers Kendrick Lamar, and Ice Cube. She also sang backup vocals on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. She also forms one half of the R&B group Kandy Apple Red, along with her cousin Patavian Lewis.

  SUE ANN CARWELL - Vocals    Kashif  may have started an R&amp;B dynasty, but it was Prince who made an art of the concept of grooming artists after the George Clinton/Parliament era. Prince’s first protegee might be one of his least recognized in retrospect.  Sue Ann Carwell was not exactly a household name. Even when the 17 year old’s debut album was new few outside the Minneapolis-St. Paul area had even heard of her. Her music was more or less a snapshot of Princes’ rapidly evolving sound between the  Controversy &nbsp;and   1999  &nbsp;time periods.  With plenty of adult contemporary overtones, Sue Ann sounds less the idealized Prince sound we associate with the post  1999 &nbsp;period and more like the Prince of the  For You era. “I wanna be the one”, one of Sue Ann’s singles features horns and the kind of bass associated with mid tempo R&amp;B from the mid to late ’70s.  Prince wanted Carwell to call herself Suzy Stone, but Carwell’s insistence on using her real name might have been the reason for Prince’s limited involvement.  Perhaps in developing his model for proteges, Sue Ann only features 3 to 5 songs that sound Prince influenced. For an associate who had worked with him for years, mostly in the background, his influence was mostly indirect.  Despite being talented, Carwell’s voice was not one that stood out when she sang the jazz tinged adult contemporary material on this album. Also, much of it was not the then contemporary Prince sound as much of the material was likely written by him at an earlier point in his rapid evolution as a artist.  The slow and mid tempo material potentially offered some insight to some of the alternative musical directions that Prince may not have used on his own pre- 1999 records. This may have been the beginning of Prince writing or re-writing specifically for others as his fame developed.  The kind of tender love song that Carwell sang were not typical of Prince, or at least the nasty Prince that made songs like “Uptown”, “Head” or “Why U Wanna Do Me So Bad”.&nbsp;There was little of the funk and sass associated with Prince with the exception of tracks like “Let Me Let You Rock Me”.  Carwell did have the vocal chops that could have placed her in the same category as established performers like Denise Williams who was making a similar kind of post disco music. In fact, it was the more disco oriented songs like the Georgiro Moroder produced “My Baby, My” where Carwell seems to find her groove as a Donna Summer alternative. At times she even sounds like Vesta Williams.  Either way when Carwell made a dance song (with or without Prince’s influence), she began to take on some distinction. Unfortunately, her reign as the Prince protege of the moment would be short. After leaving the Prince camp, she struck out on her own and recorded through the ’80s and into the ’90s.

SUE ANN CARWELL - Vocals

Kashif may have started an R&B dynasty, but it was Prince who made an art of the concept of grooming artists after the George Clinton/Parliament era. Prince’s first protegee might be one of his least recognized in retrospect.

Sue Ann Carwell was not exactly a household name. Even when the 17 year old’s debut album was new few outside the Minneapolis-St. Paul area had even heard of her. Her music was more or less a snapshot of Princes’ rapidly evolving sound between the Controversy and 1999 time periods.

With plenty of adult contemporary overtones, Sue Ann sounds less the idealized Prince sound we associate with the post 1999 period and more like the Prince of the For Youera. “I wanna be the one”, one of Sue Ann’s singles features horns and the kind of bass associated with mid tempo R&B from the mid to late ’70s.

Prince wanted Carwell to call herself Suzy Stone, but Carwell’s insistence on using her real name might have been the reason for Prince’s limited involvement.

Perhaps in developing his model for proteges, Sue Ann only features 3 to 5 songs that sound Prince influenced. For an associate who had worked with him for years, mostly in the background, his influence was mostly indirect.

Despite being talented, Carwell’s voice was not one that stood out when she sang the jazz tinged adult contemporary material on this album. Also, much of it was not the then contemporary Prince sound as much of the material was likely written by him at an earlier point in his rapid evolution as a artist.

The slow and mid tempo material potentially offered some insight to some of the alternative musical directions that Prince may not have used on his own pre-1999records. This may have been the beginning of Prince writing or re-writing specifically for others as his fame developed.

The kind of tender love song that Carwell sang were not typical of Prince, or at least the nasty Prince that made songs like “Uptown”, “Head” or “Why U Wanna Do Me So Bad”. There was little of the funk and sass associated with Prince with the exception of tracks like “Let Me Let You Rock Me”.

Carwell did have the vocal chops that could have placed her in the same category as established performers like Denise Williams who was making a similar kind of post disco music. In fact, it was the more disco oriented songs like the Georgiro Moroder produced “My Baby, My” where Carwell seems to find her groove as a Donna Summer alternative. At times she even sounds like Vesta Williams.

Either way when Carwell made a dance song (with or without Prince’s influence), she began to take on some distinction. Unfortunately, her reign as the Prince protege of the moment would be short. After leaving the Prince camp, she struck out on her own and recorded through the ’80s and into the ’90s.

Bio 2


Musicians from the

 Detroit Rising BAND 

Bio 2


Musicians from the

 Detroit Rising BAND 

  GABE GONZALEZ - Drums   Gabriel Gonzalez was born on February 17 in New York City. A year later moved back to Detroit with his family where he grew up in a very musical household.It started in 1985 with his first professional recording session &amp; gigs for some local Gospel Artist. Dr.LaQuint Weaver &amp; The Moss Brothers (JMoss). During that time he was also in the Mumford High Scool Jazz band for a few years performing around the city and for the Mayor.  He secured a scholarship to Berklee School of Music but turned it down to finish High School at Night for being on tour all year! He also passed up on an offer to play with The RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS to finish High School!  Having met George Clinton at the impressionable age of nine because of his father who owned a barbershop, cut “MOONS &amp; STARS” in his head in the early 70’s. This led back to a young Gonzalez meeting up again with George Clinton 8 years later at legendary studio UNITED SOUND a home base for P-FUNK &amp; many legendary artist from John Lee Hooker to the Zapp.  Core mebers of P-Funk would eventually rehearse in his grandmothers basement sometimes during layovers in DETROIT. This is where he got a chance to study P-Funk’s craft from greats like Billy Bass Nelson,Eddie Hazel,Garry Shider, Blackbyrd McKnight, &amp; Michael “Clip” Payne who has greatfully had me in half a dozen bands with him.  The group was so impressed with the youngster that they decided to have Dr.Funkenstein let him officailly TOUR the World with the band on February 18,1995 one day after his 26th Birthday! “I was the youngest member of the band at that time and took on the moniker from highschool as “the Undi$co Kidd” for my knowledge of P-FUNK Music” said Gonzalez.  By 1990 Gabe Gonzalez founded his own group known as Enemy Squad which has released a number of “COLLECTIBLE” and “RARE” Out of Print C.D.’s and LP’s. Enemy Squad played Lollapalooza,with Bad Brains on their Re-Union Tour, Rage Agianst The Machine, Black Eyed Peas, Ernie Isley, Morris Day &amp; the Time just to name a few. He was Inducted into HOLLYWOOD Guitar Center’s ROCK WALK with the P-FUNK ALLSTARS on November 21,1996!  A few days later he left the band to pursue his own career with his own band and other Projects such as H.R. (Bad Brains Frontman), Ultra Unit feat Amp Fiddler &amp; local Hip Hop Artist, with Jaun Atkins and some of Derrick May’s Techno Artist, The Process &amp; Bernie Worrell’s group the WOO WARRIORS for five years whom he performed with at WOODSTOCK ’99! Gabe Gonzalez recently WON “FUNK ARTIST of the YEAR” at the D.B.M.A’s &amp; Outstanding Electronic/ Dance / Writer / PRODUCER at the 2012 Detroit Music Awards. He has also been working with Legendary Hip Hop Artist K-SOLO, BUSHWICK BILL, AWESOME DRE’ as Producer Music Director . AS Gabe Gonzalez see’s it, EDUCATION is KNOWLEDGE,KNOWLEDGE IS POWER,&amp; LEARNING IS A CONTINUOUS JOURNEY WELL EARNED

GABE GONZALEZ - Drums

Gabriel Gonzalez was born on February 17 in New York City. A year later moved back to Detroit with his family where he grew up in a very musical household.It started in 1985 with his first professional recording session & gigs for some local Gospel Artist. Dr.LaQuint Weaver & The Moss Brothers (JMoss). During that time he was also in the Mumford High Scool Jazz band for a few years performing around the city and for the Mayor.

He secured a scholarship to Berklee School of Music but turned it down to finish High School at Night for being on tour all year! He also passed up on an offer to play with The RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS to finish High School!

Having met George Clinton at the impressionable age of nine because of his father who owned a barbershop, cut “MOONS & STARS” in his head in the early 70’s. This led back to a young Gonzalez meeting up again with George Clinton 8 years later at legendary studio UNITED SOUND a home base for P-FUNK & many legendary artist from John Lee Hooker to the Zapp.

Core mebers of P-Funk would eventually rehearse in his grandmothers basement sometimes during layovers in DETROIT. This is where he got a chance to study P-Funk’s craft from greats like Billy Bass Nelson,Eddie Hazel,Garry Shider, Blackbyrd McKnight, & Michael “Clip” Payne who has greatfully had me in half a dozen bands with him.

The group was so impressed with the youngster that they decided to have Dr.Funkenstein let him officailly TOUR the World with the band on February 18,1995 one day after his 26th Birthday! “I was the youngest member of the band at that time and took on the moniker from highschool as “the Undi$co Kidd” for my knowledge of P-FUNK Music” said Gonzalez.

By 1990 Gabe Gonzalez founded his own group known as Enemy Squad which has released a number of “COLLECTIBLE” and “RARE” Out of Print C.D.’s and LP’s. Enemy Squad played Lollapalooza,with Bad Brains on their Re-Union Tour, Rage Agianst The Machine, Black Eyed Peas, Ernie Isley, Morris Day & the Time just to name a few. He was Inducted into HOLLYWOOD Guitar Center’s ROCK WALK with the P-FUNK ALLSTARS on November 21,1996!

A few days later he left the band to pursue his own career with his own band and other Projects such as H.R. (Bad Brains Frontman), Ultra Unit feat Amp Fiddler & local Hip Hop Artist, with Jaun Atkins and some of Derrick May’s Techno Artist, The Process & Bernie Worrell’s group the WOO WARRIORS for five years whom he performed with at WOODSTOCK ’99! Gabe Gonzalez recently WON “FUNK ARTIST of the YEAR” at the D.B.M.A’s & Outstanding Electronic/ Dance / Writer / PRODUCER at the 2012 Detroit Music Awards. He has also been working with Legendary Hip Hop Artist K-SOLO, BUSHWICK BILL, AWESOME DRE’ as Producer Music Director . AS Gabe Gonzalez see’s it, EDUCATION is KNOWLEDGE,KNOWLEDGE IS POWER,& LEARNING IS A CONTINUOUS JOURNEY WELL EARNED

  Duminie Deporres - Guitar   After decades as an A-list sideman for George Clinton, Public Enemy, jessica Care moore, Bad Brains' H.R., and Last Poet Umar Bin Hassan, DePorres has spent the latter half of the past decade as the go-to guitar god for Detroit techno producers. That half-decade and his son helped inspire  444 , his first-ever solo record  (from  http://www.metrotimes.com/detroit/funk-duminie-est/Content?oid=2197649 )  was working with techno-house producer Theo Parrish on  Et Tu Brute , which DePorres calls "past-present- and future-sounding all at the same time," which really freed his mind so his guitar would follow.&nbsp;

Duminie Deporres - Guitar

After decades as an A-list sideman for George Clinton, Public Enemy, jessica Care moore, Bad Brains' H.R., and Last Poet Umar Bin Hassan, DePorres has spent the latter half of the past decade as the go-to guitar god for Detroit techno producers. That half-decade and his son helped inspire 444, his first-ever solo record

(from http://www.metrotimes.com/detroit/funk-duminie-est/Content?oid=2197649)

was working with techno-house producer Theo Parrish on Et Tu Brute, which DePorres calls "past-present- and future-sounding all at the same time," which really freed his mind so his guitar would follow. 

  KERN BRANTLEY - Bass   In a professional band, the Musical Director, or M.D., guides the group from the first audition to the last gig. The M.D. must know how to put together a band that is right for the music, as well as how to rehearse that band and get a high-quality show together. Top M.D.s are never lacking for work and those who are great stay in high demand by top artists who will settle for nothing less than the best. Enter Detroit native Kern Brantley.  A mere glance at Kern's credits reveal an individual whose talent and reputation for exellence earns numerous placements on major projects. Through his experience Kern has become a very accomplished Musician, Producer, Songwriter and Arranger.  Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan; a city that is synonymous with music heavyweights, Kern gleaned his style listening to the celebrated Motown artists of the 60's and 70's. There is no doubt that being raised in Detroit during this period was electrifying and influenced his style a great deal. The standards were set very high. Kern epitomizes this awareness.  Kern is a world class bass player and musical director, having performed in over 2000 shows and on tour with the following bands:  DAVID FOSTER • LADY GAGA • BEYONCE • MARY J BLIGE • PUFF DADDY &amp; THE BAD BOY FAMILY • JEEZY • NE-YO • BRANDY • CIARA • CHRIS BROWN • DESTINY'S CHILD • LIL WAYNE • FAITH EVANS • R. KELLY • GINUWINE • SALT N PEPA • 112 • BOYS II MEN • BLACKSTREET •NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK • AALIYAH • S.W.V • GROVER WASHINGTON • AND MORE.  TV credits include: Grammy's, Oscars, The Tonight Show, Late Night with David Letterman, Ellen ,Oprah.  Over 100 recording credits including:  MMM-Puff Daddy, Will Smith - Big Willie Style,&nbsp; LL Cool J -&nbsp;Phenomenon, 98 Degrees &amp; Rising, Aretha Franklin-One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism.

KERN BRANTLEY - Bass

In a professional band, the Musical Director, or M.D., guides the group from the first audition to the last gig. The M.D. must know how to put together a band that is right for the music, as well as how to rehearse that band and get a high-quality show together. Top M.D.s are never lacking for work and those who are great stay in high demand by top artists who will settle for nothing less than the best. Enter Detroit native Kern Brantley.

A mere glance at Kern's credits reveal an individual whose talent and reputation for exellence earns numerous placements on major projects. Through his experience Kern has become a very accomplished Musician, Producer, Songwriter and Arranger.

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan; a city that is synonymous with music heavyweights, Kern gleaned his style listening to the celebrated Motown artists of the 60's and 70's. There is no doubt that being raised in Detroit during this period was electrifying and influenced his style a great deal. The standards were set very high. Kern epitomizes this awareness.

Kern is a world class bass player and musical director, having performed in over 2000 shows and on tour with the following bands:

DAVID FOSTER • LADY GAGA • BEYONCE • MARY J BLIGE • PUFF DADDY & THE BAD BOY FAMILY • JEEZY • NE-YO • BRANDY • CIARA • CHRIS BROWN • DESTINY'S CHILD • LIL WAYNE • FAITH EVANS • R. KELLY • GINUWINE • SALT N PEPA • 112 • BOYS II MEN • BLACKSTREET •NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK • AALIYAH • S.W.V • GROVER WASHINGTON • AND MORE.

TV credits include: Grammy's, Oscars, The Tonight Show, Late Night with David Letterman, Ellen ,Oprah.

Over 100 recording credits including:

MMM-Puff Daddy, Will Smith - Big Willie Style,  LL Cool J - Phenomenon, 98 Degrees & Rising, Aretha Franklin-One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism.