JAZZ, FUNK, SOUL, RnB & BIG BAND


Create the right mood for your guests, with relaxed & sophisticated Jazz, Funk, Soul, RnB and Swing performers. We have the best jazz duos, trios, quartets, quintets, swing bands, world-class festival bands and premium soloists for your festivals, events & residencies.

This is just a sample selection of our available performers. Bookers can contact us for full access to our roster.

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Najibah Almahdi

Najibah Almahdi

Najibah Almahdi is a versatile singer from Washington, DC who has traveled the world as a Featured Artist. Known for her incredible soprano voice and whistle tones, Najibah effortlessly performs songs by Mariah Carey, Minnie Riperton and Lisa Fischer. Available as a Solo performer and as part of her Piano/Vocal duo, Najibah’s specialty is Jazz, R&B, Gospel and Pop however her live repertoire covers the very best jazz, motown, soul, disco, 80’s and contemporary hits. Najibah’s talents have taken her across the Globe to Italy, Germany, and many other Countries. She has won several awards such as the Underground Music Award and has been a a vocalist and front person for various bands such as the Greater U Street Jazz Collective, Adam Levowitz Orchestra and the Radio City Band. More recently Najibah has featured as Show Band Singer for Carnival Cruise Lines, traveling to Mexico, the Caribbean & South America and has performed at many prestigious venues such as the Howard Theatre, Luxor Hotel and Casino Las Vegas, The Apollo Theatre in New York and at Universal Studios. Najibah's Solo sets to high quality backing tracks are ;- Jazz Standards/Neo Soul (Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Etta James) Disco/Funk/RandB (Aretha Franklin, Minnie Riperton, Donna Summer, Emotions, Patty Labelle, Daniece Williams, Chaka Khan, The Supremes) RandB Love Ballads/ Soul Singers (Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Anita Baker, Faith Evans, Regina Belle, Stephanie Mills, Toni Braxton, Deborah Cox) Funkgurus are delighted to represent Najibah for exclusive International events and residencies.

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The Eric Redd Movement

The Eric Redd Movement

Recording artist Eric Redd once again demonstrates characteristic range and diversity with his band The Eric Redd Movement. The Eric Redd Movement - a Non-stop Dance party with Dance and House Music recording artist Eric Redd and his superb live band. Original music and covers of the most exciting Dance Music around with an eclectic mix of Digital electronic music, RnB & Soul with just a bit of Pop for good measure. A heady blend that audiences quite literally ‘go nuts’ for. Eric Redd first gained attention at the age of 12 as one of the youngest dancers on the LA club scene when he was discovered by one of the nation’s top choreographers. This discovery and mentorship led to a scholarship at the California Institute of the Arts where Eric earned his Bachelor’s degree in performing arts. While on tour in Europe as an apprentice, Eric worked as a session singer for Global Records in Germany. During this time his vocal prowess caught the attention of a producer working at Jive Records in England which quickly led to his first recording deal as a solo artist. Since then, Eric has toured, and recorded with artists as diverse as K.D. Lang, Coolio, The Sara Lee Band, and Ani DiFranco. Encouraged by many to audition for theatre, Eric soon found success as a Broadway performer with fans and critics responding favorably to his appearances in Cats, La Cage Aux Follies, Body and Soul, and Starlight Express. His live show has been the featured New Year’s Eve entertainment in Las Vegas, sharing the stage with an A-list artist roster including Andrea Boccelli, Harry Connick Jr., Kool and the Gang, Lionel Richie, and Cirque de Soleil. As a recording artist, Eric has also had 3 billboard hits in the last few years and has also been a featured performer opening for Paul McCartney, The Pointer Sisters, Dionne Warwick, Thelma Houston, Earth Wind and Fire, Usher, Robin Thicke Reba McIntire, Coolio, Robbie Williams, Barbara Tucker & The Goo Goo Dolls. Funkgurus are proud to present The Eric Redd Movement for select events, festivals, exclusive residencies and club Personal Appearances.

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Snake Davis

Snake Davis

Snake Davis is one of the most in-demand rock jazz and soul sax players in the world, widely known for his solos on tracks such as Lisa Stansfield’s “Change”; M-People’s “Search For A Hero” and “Moving On Up”; and Take That’s “Million Love Songs”. He has played and recorded with artists ranging from James Brown, Tina Turner and Paul McCartney to The Eurythmics and Amy Winehouse. He is a saxophonist of almost unparalleled gifts who has played with the best in the business through a career spanning three decades. To date, Snake Davis has recorded on more than 400 tracks for over 60 artists and the list keeps growing. That’s not even counting all of the live performances! More recently Snake featured on Klingande's Number 1 dance chart hit 'Jubel' - a huge dance tune across the world. The hugely popular Snake Davis Classic Sax Solos touring band is now in its third year and see’s Snake Davis step into a 5 piece band performing a myriad of classics, including Baker Street, Careless Whisper, Still Crazy after all these Years, Respect, Yakety Yak, and his own solos from Million Love Songs, Moving on https://www.funkgurus.com//artists/profile/snakedavis/?code=qmz269oo, Search for the Hero, and Lisa Stansfields "Change". What’s more, he also tells you a bit more about them, fascinating facts and insights into the music we already love. Imagine a room full of the saxophone greats; Junior Walker, King Curtis, Clarence Clemmons, Charlie Parker, Michael Brecker and more. Snake can deliver them all; challenging – yes, but he completely nails it. Sultry sax, searing sax, screaming sax, sexy sax, soulful sax, this show has it all. Snake is also available with:- The Snake Davis Trio - teaming up with long time cohort , best buddy and session trumpeter extraordinaire Johnny Thirkell and their mutual friend, guitarist Mark Creswell, for an evening of gorgeous mellow music infused with jazz soul and pop. The Snake Davis & Gareth Moulton Duo - Snake teams up with long time cohort and best buddy Gareth Moulton from Cutting Crew & Wang Chung for an evening of gorgeous mellow music infused with pop, rock, jazz and soul.

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Miles Gilderdale

Miles Gilderdale

Miles Gilderdale is a Grammy nominated writer, Gibson Guitarist of the Year and member of 'Acoustic Alchemy', the multi-million selling, triple Grammy nominated smooth jazz band. Dynamic front man Miles is only truly at home when playing to a crowd and has worked on stage with artists as diverse as Ben E. King, Ronnie Wood and Jools Holland, as well as performing live on Radio One broadcasts and numerous TV shows. In 1996, Miles became a member of Acoustic Alchemy and has collaborated on seven releases, including 2001's Grammy nominated AArt. Additionally Miles is a member of renowned funk band G-FUNK alongside the legendary Gary and Greg Grainger on bass & drums. The Grainger Brothers’ talent and prowess in the world of music and rhythm is unparalleled with their live & studio work connecting them to the likes of Whitney Houston, John Scofield and Earth Wind and Fire to name a few. G-FUNK shows are sell outs at every venue – including their annual Christmas residency at London Soho’s exclusive Pizza Express Jazz Club, which often sees them feature special guests such as Jessy J, Jeff Kashiwa and Chris 'Snake' Davis to name but a few. A seasoned guitarist and performer, Miles first became known in the UK and Europe to audiences in the 1980s as the lead singer and guitarist in UK soul band Zoot and the Roots, which also included the sax player Snake Davis. Gigs with soul legends such as Ben E King and Curtis Mayfield followed. More recently Miles has released singles ’Remind Me, ‘A Little Light’ and ‘Start Walking’, showing his absolute proficiency as both a producer and performer. Check Miles' Songs here. 25 years and several albums later, Miles is still with 'Acoustic Alchemy' and enjoying every minute of it. Over the years Miles and his chums have worked with Acoustic Alchemy, Ben E. King, Ronnie Wood, Jools Holland, Whitney Houston, Earth Wind & Fire, Lonnie Liston Smith, John Schofield, Maysa, Pure Soul, Nancy Wilson, Dennis Chambers, George Duke, Eric Marienthal, Slim Man, and Nelson Rangell to name but a few, which in part explains why they are so damn good! Miles is available for festival & club bookings either as a solo performer, with G*FUNK or with award winning Grammy nominated smooth jazz stars 'Acoustic Alchemy'.

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G-FUNK

G-FUNK

Firmly established as one of the best Soul, Blues, Rock and Funk bands on the circuit, G-FUNK presents an unmissable chance to see world class musicians cut loose and play a selection of classic tunes. G-FUNK is a truly amazing band and features Acoustic Alchemy star, Gibson Guitarist of the Year and Grammy Nominee Miles Gilderdale, the brilliant Fred White from Acoustic Alchemy on keys and the amazing US session stars, brothers Gary and Greg Grainger on bass & drums. The Grainger Brothers’ talent and prowess in the world of music and rhythm is unparalleled. Between the two of them, Gary Grainger on bass and Greg on drums have recorded or performed with the likes of Whitney Houston and John Scofield and together opened up for Earth Wind And Fire while on tour with their band, Pockets, all while keeping their musical roots and strong brotherhood bond at the forefront of their work. G-FUNK combines the skills of these amazing musicians into sell out show at every venue – including their annual Christmas residency at London Soho’s exclusive Pizza Express Jazz Club, which often sees them feature special guests such as sax stars Snake Davis, Jessy J and Jeff Kashiwa to name but a few. Over the years G-FUNK band members have worked with Acoustic Alchemy, Ben E. King, Ronnie Wood, Jools Holland, Whitney Houston, Earth Wind & Fire, Lonnie Liston Smith, John Schofield, Maysa, Pure Soul, Nancy Wilson, Dennis Chambers, George Duke, Eric Marienthal, Slim Man, and Nelson Rangell to name but a few, which in part explains why they are so damn good! Funkgurus are proud to represent G-FUNK to international festival bookers and event organisers looking for a quality act with absolute credibility.

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Junius Bervine

Junius Bervine

Junius Bervine is a platinum selling producer - a born and bred Philly artist who has traveled the world with some of the industry’s biggest artists spreading his talent and love for music along the way. June has worked with Prince, P Diddy, Snoop Dog, Lauryn Hill, Gerald Levert, Common, Pharell Williams, Kendrick Lamar, D’Angelo, to name a few and remains one of the most sought after producer/performers in the industry. Kicking off 2022 with his amazing new band and solo projects, June is truly a world class musician in every sense. As a solo performer at the grand piano, he will take you on a journey through the best, Jazz, Soul and RnB music ever produced – some of which he did! Funky classic RnB loops and grooves sit comfortably underneath his tasteful piano playing. 2021 saw the release of June’s album Logical Concepts, with the track Fire in the Streets featuring both US rap stars @common and @robynhoodmusic. His new band features tasteful female vocals over cool grooves, slick sounds and mixes all MOBO styles together in one delicious package, perfect for jazz clubs and festivals across the globe. Altogether, outstanding performances from a true giant of the US RnB scene. It really doesn’t get any better than this.

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Yolanda Charles' Project pH

Yolanda Charles' Project pH

Project pH is a group of musicians brought together by former session bassist Yolanda Charles. Awarded an MBE for services to music in 2020, she has had a long career backing artists such as Hans Zimmer, Squeeze, Dave Stewart, Robbie Williams and Paul Weller. The band express their music with tightly choreographed detail, often unpredictably performed, signalling accents or arrangement changes with a nod or glance. The scope for interplay and connection is wide and allows the musicians room to ‘breathe’. No two shows are ever the same. In Project pH there is to be found a mix of beautiful ballads, heavy funk-fusion instrumental tracks and modern RnB influenced soulful tunes. Australian Kim Murray offers a display of vibrant sound-crafting and compelling soloing as lead guitarist, he often develops the songs in the early stages with Yolanda. Project pH features the skills of the dynamic and versatile Laurie Lowe on drums. Known for his work as part of the Preston, Glasgow & Lowe trio as well as a myriad of names in the UK jazz scene Laurie's presence in Project pH brings the full range of the compositions to life. As a frequent performer for guitar, bass and amps leader Fender and other leading manufacturers at major international music conventions and trade shows, Yolanda is also available for Masterclasses sessions in conjunction with the band's live events. Funkgurus are proud to offer Project pH for international festival & club gigs and tours. Main photograph courtesy of Maria Zhytnikova

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Diamond Skyline Orchestra

Diamond Skyline Orchestra

The Diamond Skyline Orchestra is one of the UK's premiere jazz, swing and big bands. With music from 1920 to 2020, versatility is key with this group as they offer classy jazz/swing & big band options and also a rip-roaring party band, with many clients choosing both for their events. Known for their super-slick dance moves and stunning choreography, DSO give you an unforgettable show that your guests will rave about for weeks to come. Performed by London's finest professional musicians who have worked with the likes of James Brown, Michael Bublé, Earth Wind & Fire, Jocelyn Brown, Bette Midler, Rod Stewart, Amy Winehouse and more, DSO are perfect for corporate events & awards ceremonies. We are able to offer a DSO bespoke package, tailored to your needs so you do not need to deal with multiple acts for reception, dinner and after party music. The swing revival is here and becoming more popular by the day. The DSO smaller background Jazz Band or 8-12 piece Swing Band offer style and sophistication. If you want class, then this is the line-up for you. The DSO 19-piece Big Band combines the sounds of Glenn Miller, Frank Sinatra and The Rat Pack into one unforgettable show. Simply put - no other band in the country can do what they do.

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