Funk Filharmonik, New York’s premier funk, soul, jazz, R&B band, features musicians who have played with a who’s-who list of music icons including: Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Mariah Carey, Bruce Springsteen, Aretha Franklin, Paul Simon, John Mayer, Tito Puente, The Allman Brothers, Diana Ross, the Saturday Night Live Band, Mark Anthony, Jennifer Lopez, Original Blues Brothers Band, Celine Dion, Ricky Martin, Willie Colon and many more.
Long Island is loaded with great tribute bands. But many of the members of Funk Filharmonik are actually alumni of one of the bands whose music they’ve been playing all these years: Tower of Power (T.O.P.). Vocalists Tom Bowes and Brent Carter, as well as saxophonist John Scarpulla, toured and recorded with T.O.P. for several years.
Ozzie Melendez, trombonist and musical director for Funk Filharmonik, has written for T.O.P. and is currently touring with Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez as well as being musical director for salsa legend Willie Colon.
Now, after 20+ years this in-demand group of top shelf musicians has finally put together a record of all original music that’s a combination of slick retro 70’s horn driven funk-soul R&B with jazz players’ chops and the precise arrangements characteristic of a Latin jazz band.
Funk Filharmonik band members in alphabetical order: Tom Bowes, vocals; Brent Carter, vocals; Vinnie Cinquemani, trumpet/vocals; Lee Finkelstein, drummer/co- leader; Steve Finkelstein, percussion; Ron Fox, trumpet; Chris Karlic, baritone saxophone; Jack Knight, bass; Dave Lavender, guitar; Ozzie Melendez, trombone/vocals/musical director/co-leader; John Scarpulla, tenor saxophone; Greg Schleich, keyboards.