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Funky Blues Ensemble

Funky Blues

The Funky Blues ensemble explores the musical grooves based and originating from the New Orleans, Memphis and other funky, soulful sources. Artists studied include The Meters, Walter Wolfman Washington, James Brown, John King Cleary, John Mooney, The Neville Brothers, Donny Hathaway, Professor Longhair, and Dr. John.

Students are expected to read and write simple roman numeral chord charts, transpose parts, transcribe some lead lines, and above all, play the feeling of the music — this is about expression much more than technique.

Audition materials:

Instrumentalists — learn either tune below.

Male vocal: “Pin Your Spin” – John Cleary

Female vocal: “I’m A Woman” – Chaka Khan

Any questions about the audition process contact Steve.Jennings@mcnallysmith.edu