Ivan “Funkboy” Bodley
Ivan “Funkboy” Bodley is bass player and musical director to the stars. He has performed with 15 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame™ inductees and counting. He has traveled to 24 countries around the world so far playing to audiences of up to 30,000 in situations ranging from jazz duos to 150-member symphony orchestras.
He is currently musical director with Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Sam Moore (of Sam & Dave), The Shirelles, The Crystals, The Tokens and has performed with artists like The Uptown Horns, Peter Wolf, Solomon Burke, Bo Diddley, Gloria Gaynor, Buster Poindexter, Percy Sledge, and Rufus and Carla Thomas, to name but a few. He is also a Magna Cum Laude graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music.
The release of “iBOD" marks Ivan’s recorded debut as a solo artist. Standing behind so many legends of soul, funk, jazz, R&B, and rock and roll for over 20 years has apparently given him many ideas! On this CD he combines jazz and funk, rhythm and harmony, blues and soul, with just a little commentary on the human condition thrown in for good measure. And who doesn’t like a little chank-a-chank with their Thelonius Monk?
Back in the swing era, jazz was the dance music of it’s day. Funkboy updates the genre by encouraging a little booty movement along with the complex harmonies and soaring melodies. On ”iBOD” He even takes two traditional songs, one a Native American lullaby, another an Jewish folk tune, and reharmonizes them in a jazz style over funk grooves. The results are guaranteed to be unlike anything currently in rotation on your MP3 player.
Ivan produced, arranged and recorded this project in the Funklab, his studio in Brooklyn, NY. He is joined on the disc by a few of NYC’s top players: Gil Parris-guitar phenom, Ben Stivers-keyboard genius, and Ronny Drayton-guitar wunderkind. All other sounds on the CD are generated by the Funkboy on four and five-string basses, piccolo bass (which is voiced similar to electric guitar), percussion, programming and voice.
At the core of “iBOD” is the emotional instrumental voice of a world-class seasoned professional musician, a sideman to the musical elite, finally stepping out on his own. Plug in your headphones and download at will.
More information is available at: www.funkboy.net. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ivan “Funkboy” Bodley uses Warrior Basses, Hartke Amplification, Dean Markley Strings, and Digitech and Line 6 signal processors.
Reviews of Ivan's previous release with Jazz/Funk Unit:
With Jazz/Funk Unit: “Bassist/bandleader Ivan Bodley lives up to the description of his sound: bebop with bump. He gives backbeat to modern standards.” –Billboard
“Bassist/producer Ivan Bodley gets to make syncopated groove music out of jazz standards. It’s feisty and fun.” –Nelson George, Playboy
Jazz Jackpot! Review: “Impassioned and equally intelligent, featuring Bodley’s buzz-like bass work. Hats off to the Jazz/Funk Unit.” –CMJ
“**** [four stars]. Jazz/Funk Unit tight and swinging, delightfully different.” –The Music Paper
“Ivan Bodley, producer, arranger, and bassist….I’m happy to inform you the record is at least twice as interesting as the accompanying story.” –Jazziz