Uptown Funk

The Uptown Funk Band
UptownFunkEntertainment@aol.com
DJ Service Available

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About Us

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Our Story

The Uptown Funk Band is not just another band.

We are a group of veteran musicians and vocalists who have been entertaining for over 30 years .We cover everything from Sinatra to Motown to R&B to 70's disco,Latin music, and  top 40.

We will put together a customized band package to fit your budget, from a duo to a full eight piece band.In addition we also offer full DJ service.

Thank you for considering us for your next event.


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Our Influences

Our music blends R&B,Soul and latin with funk to create a unique sound. 

Band Members

Chris

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Since starting his singing career in 1990 Chris has been entertaining audiences all over the NYC & LI area, making guest appearances with  Risky Business, one of LI top oldies bands. Chris then went out on his own forming one of the top Latin,Funk,Reggae bands in the NY area, doing over  300 shows a year for close to a decade.He has performed many nights at the Cafe Wha in downtown Manhattan.

From there Chris moved north to Central NY where he decided to go solo performing all types of music from country to Billy Joel,Neil Diamond,Jimmy Buffet,Marc Anthony,Bruno Mars and many more. In his 27 years experience as a front man, band leader, vocalist, keyboardist and sound engineer. He truly brings an intimate passion for all 

music genres. Chris Faster's Uptown Funk promises to deliver an exciting fun filled night of all your favorite music.

Bob

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Bob was born with Latin piano in his blood. His father played in NYC with many Latin bands in the early 1950's. The mesmerizing rhythms of Latin piano became a part of Bob's DNA.  He began studying classical piano at age 10, and later developed an interest in blues & jazz. Eventually, Bob was hooked by the soulful sound of the Hammond B3 organ. Bob's resume highlights extensive club performances in places like the Café Wah?, where Jimi Hendrix used to hang out and the Nightowl Cafe In Greenwich Village where he played along side bands like The Turtles, The Lovin' Spoonful, and The Blues Magoos. He also was a professional performer in the Latin circuit, with Tito Puente and many other top soul and R&B groups.  Bob eventually expanded to Maryland and finally Florida, where he brings with him an incredible and long sought after soulful and expressive sound of the B3 Hammond organ. As the “Uptown Funk Band” develops in its new phase of creativity, the sound of the B3 will grow ever more prominent. In addition, Bob plays piano and synthesizer. It is only with Bob's extensive professional experience and deeply artistic touch on keyboards that the "Uptown Funk Band's sound can evolve into one of the most unique and memorable bands to perform in Florida.

Jeff

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Jeff was born in NYC in 1953. He grew up around music, particularly jazz and swing that having a saxophone-playing Dad enabled. From a very young age, the sounds of the Count Basie Band, Lester Young, Dexter Gordon, Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington and numerous other greats left both a lasting impression, and a strong desire to play music.

Beginning on tenor at age 13 studying with his Dad, Jeff quickly progressed to eventual long-term study under two recognized saxophone master teachers; New York based Joe Napoleon and Joe Allard. This foundation of rigorous study and practice, combined with attending the famed New York “High School of Performing Arts” in the late ‘60’s opened up Jeff to a very wide spectrum of musical experience. Jeff was an award winning 1970 graduate of the school, receiving his music award from the famed record impresario John Hammond.

Over the past twenty-five years, Jeff has had the opportunity to perform and or record with Richard “Groove” Holmes, Billy Eckstine, Charlie Persip, Richard Davis…. other notables include Jack Wilkins, Roy Haynes, Tom Harrel, Dave Berkman, Dave Llama, Don Sickler.

Jeff had the opportunity to perform at Jazz Vespers at St. Peters Lutheran under the famed jazz pastor, the late Rev. John Gensel, who spoke very highly of Jeff’s playing. Recent performances include Lincoln Centers famed MidSummer Night Swing series.

No question that Jeff’s saxophone influences including John Coltrane, Dexter Gordon, Sonny Rollins and Stan Getz are reflected in his playing style, but the ongoing journey of finding his own voice continues to challenge and motivate Jeff.

Booking Information

For booking information call Chris Faster 315-941-2873

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