The Funk Doctors
Biographies
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July 19
My Father's Place, Roslyn, NY
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July 20
The Shack at Atlantique
Fire Island, NY
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Roy Blumenfeld
Skip Ward
David Bennett Cohen
Heather Hardy
Jason Green

Jason Green
Guitarist

was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1973. He began playing guitar at the age of 15 and was immediately bitten by the blues and jazz bug. By the time he was 17, he was already playing professionally in local clubs, with guys more than twice his age.

After a few years in college studying music theory and composition, Jason decided that his education would be better achieved learning the business in bar rooms and through meeting elder jazz and blues men. It is a decision he does not regret. At 21 he decided to make music a full-time career and has been at it ever since.

In 1995, Jason joined the JIMMY LEY blues band(former piano/harp player and bandleader for Robert Lockwood Jr.) and for 4 years toured both regionally and nationally, as well as recording several Cd's with Jimmy for SLIPPERY NOODLE RECORDS (an Indianapolis blues label). This was Jason's first taste of the road, playing various blues clubs and festivals around the country.

In 1999, Jason formed the COALHOUSE WALKER band and became a first call guitar player in the Cleveland area doing recordings, weddings, clubs dates and lessons.  He had the opportunity to work with many seasoned area musicians including  Grammy award winning blue's legend ROBERT LOCKWOOD Jr., Ron Prince from the KINSEY REPORT and Tad Walters from STEADY ROLLIN BOB MARGOLIN.

Jason missed the road  and in 2000, he got the chance to go back out with blues legend BIG JACK JOHNSON, from Clarksdale Mississippi. He had the honor of playing with Big Jack at the2001 WC HANDY BLUES AWARDS, sharing the stage with KIM WILSON from the FABULOUS THUNDERBIRDS and SAM CARR, legendary Delta blues drummer. For the next 3 years Green practically lived on the road. During that time he played the NEW ORLEANS JAZZ FESTIVAL, the CHICAGO BLUES FESTIVAL, the KING BISCUIT BLUES FESTIVAL, the SAN FRANCISCO BLUES FESTIVAL and many more. Being with Big Jack and the Oilers took him through almost all 50 states, half of Canada, Japan and Australia as well. When not on the road with Big Jack, Jason performed and recorded with the his popular Ohio jazz trio THE TRITONES.

In the year 2004, Jason decided to relocate to New York City in hopes of finding bigger and better opportunities. He began playing solo in the subway to make some extra cash but soon realized it could actually be a fairly lucrative endeavor, in addition to being a great way to make contacts and get his music out to people that he would not normally come across. He is now a member of the prestigious MUSIC UNDER NEW YORK(MUNY) program.

Jason has now become a steady part of the New York City music scene.  He leads his own trio,JASON GREEN AND THE LABOR OF LOVE,  who play regularly at many top venues  and private events in Manhattan and the NYC area.  He has had the opportunity to perform with many great musicians including Cornell Dupree, New Orleans Luther Kent and Joey McIntyre. Jason also does many solo gigs, recording sessions and gives lessons. He works freelance with several different groups including  CHRISTINE SANTELLI, NIKKI ARMSTRONG,  and many others.  Jason's original compostions have been featured in national commercials and television shows such as MTV's Top 40 Pranks, VH1's My Big Redneck Wedding and WeTV's Amazing Wedding Cakes.

 Jason is endorsed by Ernie Ball and D'Angelico Guitars.



Skip Ward
Bassist

Grammy Award Winning Bassist, Guitarist, Ukulele-ist (is that a word), Lap Steel, Tuba and Penny Whistle... can also get around on piano, and sings background vox. ...OK, Skip Ward, Musician.

Skip Ward is a classically-trained jazz musician with a penchant for rock n' roll. And fusion, blues and bluegrass. In fact, Skip can play in just about anything with a rhythm section, and has had experience in too many genres and styles to count. He plays four, five and six string electric and acoustic fretted and fretless basses, and has a special love for the upright.

Though Skip was born and raised in the Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, he now lives in New York City. He has studied with Anthony Knight of the Cleveland Orchestra and Frank DiLaberto of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He also had the privilege of studying with the great Jaco Pastorius, and surviving to tell the tale. Whether it's live or in the studio, Skip's bottom end truly is a very heavy thing. Artists he has played/recorded with include: Tony Trischka, Steve Martin, Bela Fleck, Trey Anastasio, Gordon Stone (Phish), Phoebe Snow, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, Cyndi Lauper, Cassandra Wilson, David Sancious (Sting, Eric Clapton), Manolo Badrena, Jim White, Tandy, The Wild Colonials, Angela McCluskey, David Benoit, Carrie Rodriguez, Melissa Manchester, Shannon McNally, Michael Daves, Steve Holley (Paul McCartney, Ian Hunter), Demolition String Band, Brendan O'Shea, Mark Geary, Ana Egge, Darren Lyons Group, Glenn Miller Orchestra, Canton Symphony, Akron Symphony, the Ohio Ballet. You may have seen him on David Letterman, SNL or the The Ellen Degeneres Show. You'll hear Skip on many soundtracks, and he has been on national tour with a number of major theatrical productions. New York City's Shakespeare in the Park (As You Like It), Hands On A Hardbody, Million Dollar Quartet, High School Musical, Jesus Christ Superstar, Song & Dance, A Chorus Line and West Side Story are just a few of the shows...



Heather Hardy
Violin & Vocals

Heather "Lil' Mama" Hardy began studying the piano at age six and picked up the violin at nine. In 1983 she auditioned for the Manhattan School of Music as a double major on piano and violin and was accepted on both, but was required to choose only one. She began as a piano major under Zenon Fishbein and after one year realized that though piano was her great love; she was more driven on the violin. Heather returned the following year as a violin major under Raphael Bronstein.  While at school she began to play in the subway to make money while collaborating with different blues and rock musicians. This was the turning point at which she began to explore improvisation on the violin, and her unique style emerged.
1984 she joined The False Prophets internationally famous Punk band and began touring the US and Europe. Also at this time she played regularly for Allen Ginsberg, and doing recordings for a number of New York bands .
After moving to Tucson in 1990, she joined the Sam Taylor Band, originally as a featured violin soloist, but soon becoming a vocalist as well. Her smooth ambient violin playing that contrasted with her tasty, soulful "wah-wah" blues solos captivated audiences and helped the band win the 1995 Arizona Blues Showdown. That was followed by taking second place in the International Blues Talent Competition in Memphis and a European tour. By 1996, Heather had formed her Lil' Mama Band, taking it to New York in 1997. In 2000, she was inducted into the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame.
Heather resided in New York once again and performing and touring with The Lil' Mama Band , as well as The Sam Taylor Band . She also was a member of such groups as Marble , The American Roots Orchestra , Tim Beattie's Big Dog ..and many more .
Heather has been featured on over 200 albums since 1983.
In 2003 she performed throughout California at 6 of The Amity Foundation's Prison projects .
This tour landed her back in Tucson , where she continues to reside today . However she maintains a steady performance schedule in the New York area for about 3 months a year .
And continues to work with the Amity foundation to bring music to prisons and their Therapeutic Communities throughout AZ , NM and California
Currently, Heather tours internationally and has released 5 albums of original songs.

Violins/ 1996; Believe 2001; Get Out Of the Road 2011; Blue Silhouette 2015

Her newest release Heather Lil' Mama Hardy LIVE in Tucson was released February 2017.



Roy Blumenfeld
: Drums and Vocals

Original member of the legendary band, The Blues Project and a founding member  of Seatrain.  Has performed and recorded with Carlos Santana, John Lee Hooker, Paul Butterfield, Al Kooper, Danny Kalb, Peter Rowan, Nick Gravenites, Barry 'The Fish' Melton, Bex Marshall, Darby Slick, Lester Chambers  andRobert Hunter to name a few.

Back in the mythic Summer of Love, 1967 -- if you were in New York City, the place to be was MacDougal Street. The club to be in was the Cafe Au Go Go, pedigreed in hipness by Lenny Bruce's famous profanity bust there by the NYPD. The Au Go Go's star band was the Blues Project, a group on the cutting edge of improvisational, classical, blues and jazz. Danny Kalb was the Project's lead  guitarist and vocalist; Al Kooper was the keyboardist and vocalist; Steve Katz was its guitarist and vocalist;  There was Andy Kulberg on bass and flute. And the drummer -- the heartbeat -- for the group was Roy Blumenfeld.

Having started at the white-hot center of that mythic era, Blumenfeld went on to perform at it's landmark events: the Monterey Pop Festival, the Newport Jazz Festival, evenings at Lincoln Center. After the Blues Project disbanded, he was a key member of Seatrain (along with Andy Kulberg and Richard Greene). Over the years Roy has performed and recorded with the most illustrious soul, funk, blues and rock legends -- Chuck Berry, John Lee Hooker, Carlos Santana, Paul Butterfield, Elvin Bishop, Nick Gravenites, Barry Goldberg, David LaFlamme (of It's A Beautiful Day), Barry Melton (of Country Joe and the Fish), Banana (of The Youngbloods), Peter Albin (of Big Brother and the Holding Company: the band that launched Janis Joplin) and Robert Hunter (of the Grateful Dead)... to name a few. Roy is currently touring and recording with the re-formed Electric Flag, who are themselves a who's who of soul-funk-rock.

Blumenfeld's professional bio traces the arc of funky eclectic music from the golden '60s to the resurgent present. Based in Sonoma County, California since 1985, this quietly legendary guy of the era has been a vital part of Northern California's music-making, cultural and community scene. There, the best of the values of the golden era he started in remain ascendant. Roy says, "Since I've been living on the corner of Grape and Vine, I've come to envision music as the place where the mind, heart, spirit and soul intersect and bring inspiration, nourishment, and joy to the celebration of life."



David Bennett Cohen
Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals

 
has been a professional musician for more than 50 years.Best known for his innovative keyboard playing as an original, founding member of the '60's Rock band, Country Joe and the Fish, he is an equally accomplished guitar player who has been involved in numerous music scenes throughout his varied career.

Over the years, he has played and/or recorded with The Blues Project, Mick Taylor, The Luther Tucker Blues Band, Elvin Bishop, Hubert Sumlin, Melvin Van Peebles, Happy and Artie Traum, Arlen Roth, Eric Anderson, David Blue, Tim Hardin, Norton Buffalo, Jerry Miller, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Winter, Buddy Miles, John Cippolina, Huey Lewis, Michael Bloomfield, Bob Weir, John Kahn, Johnnie Johnson, Jimmy Vivino, Jay Owens, Debbie Davies, Byther Smith, Bobby Kyle, Rocky Lawrence, Johnny B. Gayden, Sandra Feva and others. As a solo performer, he has shared the bill with Country Joe McDonald, Kenny Rankin, Bonnie Raitt, Richard Thompson, Jerry Garcia, Leo Kottke, Rufus Thomas, Meatloaf, Booker T., The Roches, Kingfish, J. Giles and Magic Dick and many others.

His critically acclaimed CDs, "
Cookin' With Cohen," "In the Pocket" and "David Bennet t Cohen at the Piano" are available on hi s website, www.davidbennettcohen.com. They are also available on Amazon.com, CD Baby, CD Now, and other online sites.
In spite of his busy schedule, David still finds time for private
piano and guitar students. His professional approach, attitude and musicianship enhance any project that he isassociated with.

"Mr. Cohen isn't the average hippie gone Wall Street, he's also a certifiably smokin' barrel house rumba boogie-woogie piano player in the James Booker/ Professor Longhair/Dr. John vein."

"Cohen radiates the 88's impeccably."

"What separates Cohen from a lot of other players is his unassuming ease behind the keys, and the ability to take that admiration past rote emulation, invoking the spirits of boogie-woogie, stride and blues piano greats without ever forcing things or just replicating other folks' licks."