The Funkin' Horns


March 25, 2004

Add another funky night to the pantheon of funky nights at Tips. The Funkin' Horns tore it up and I couldn't hang. After they played for two hours, I left at 1 a.m. when the band showed no sign of slowing down.

The Funkin' Horns hit the stage with their party music. The Horns consisted of a pianist, bassist, drummer, saxophonist, trombonist, and trumpet player. Their brass-based New Orleans funk infused with jazz solos was nothing new, but with their stage energy, endurance, and go-for-it attitude, the performance was memorable. At one point, the saxophonist was blowing so hard and so long that I started clapping before his mouth came off the reed.

The brass performers weren't yet at the height of their talent, but they were on, and the crowd loved it. Irvin Mayfield surprised the audience when he took over on keys and played an impressive solo. Also joining in on the fun was his Los Hombres Calientes band mate Bill Summers, who had no qualms about putting on a percussion clinic.

I want to see The Funkin' Horns open up for Papa Grows Funk and Rebirth.

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