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From the Road: Unreleased Funky Butter videos


(Photo: Winker)

We pulled into “Paradise” in Pensacola Beach, Florida after driving back in time over an invisible line. The air is brisk and fresh, and people are saying that some time around noon tomorrow we’re going to be hit with monsoon-style rain. I plan on trying to hit the beach before then!

The last several days, Nicole Hart and the 4 of us herbs in her band zig-zagged across Florida, playing at some great clubs in Talahassee, Boca Raton and Sebastian. Pulling across the Georgia border, we heard Rodney Adkins’ “Cleaning This Gun“, a perfect (tongue-in-cheek) welcome to the deep south. Wednesday we’ll be crossin the border into Alabama.

Winker took the great shot posted above of me singing Aretha Franklin’s “Do Right Woman” at the Back Room in Boca Raton.

I also dug up a some classic unreleased videos of Funky Butter playing at the Trocadero in Philadelphia recorded by Dylan Steinberg— our only gig with a horn section. Here’s part of “Hungry”:

And the full performance of “She Walks The Line” (part of this video was previously available on youtube).

I’ve got some exciting projects coming up in April in May, about which I’ll post some time next week. In the meantime I’ve been enjoying Costas Gavras’ classic film “Z”during the drive, thanks to the recommendation of Francesca Magnani.

Nicole Hart Tour, new Elle Varner video

Ciao ragazzi,

Next week I’m departing w/ the Nicole Hart Band for a tour of Florida (with a well placed stop in Mobile, Alabama), celebrating her new release Treasure on Blues Leaf Records and culminating with the 3-day Springing the Blues Festival in Jacksonville Beach. If you’re in NYC, come bid us bon voyage at Dinosaur BBQ this Friday 3/20 at 10:30.

Also, check out this acoustic performance with Elle Varner of her song “So Fly”. I’ll be playing with her at Cafe Corio in NYC on April 14, when I return from the good southern weather to the (hopefully) good northern weather.

**ed. note: video later removed from youtube**

I’m also excited to be arranging the music for Shaina Taub’s new musical The Daughters, featuring Funky Butter‘s Kate Ferber and a whole cast of talented women. The show premieres the first week of May… more details on that to come.

If you haven’t heard it yet, Funky Butter’s record Made of You is streaming and available for purchase and download here, and my live world-jazz record Una Passeggiata is up on YouTube.

-j