BUCKNER FUNKEN JAZZ GETS FUNKY IN ENGLEWOOD
August 8, 2014
· by Melanie
· in Features, Music, Uncategorized.
Funken Jazz brought their tasty fusion of old school R&B, soul,
and funk to the final concert of Englewood’s 2014 Sounds of Summer
series at City Center Amphitheater Aug. 7. Though Englewood is home
to several of the band members, the home crowd was tough to play to.
They seemed to enjoy the tunes, but weren’t too keen on dancing on
the longish, wet grass that served as a dance floor.
capably covered songs including, “Superstition,” “Play That Funky
Music,” “The Lady in Red,” and a crowd favorite, James Brown’s “Get Up
(I Feel Like Being) A Sex Machine.” Brown’s music is enjoying a
renaissance today due to the August 1
Universal Pictures release of Imagine Entertainment’s film, “Get on
Up,” that tells the story of Brown, aka,
Godfather of Soul,” who died in 2006.
Buckner Funken Jazz isn’t limited to cover pieces. They featured
several of their original songs, including “Get Your Groove On.” And,
they brought a taste of Harlem to Englewood, via
Points with their own “Five Points Strut.” “It’s not a song; it’s a
story,” says Rod Buckner. “So check it out.”
go on to say, “Five Points was like a little Harlem. But no more.”
He speaks the truth. Today, the cradle of the Denver jazz scene is
undergoing redevelopment, and with that has come skyrocketing real
estate prices and
of clubs where the likes of Ella Fitzgerald and Charlie Parker once
headlined. Buckner Funken Jazz is doing their share to keep the memory
of those days alive
give the next generation some fond memories of their own.