On Thursday, 18 Aug 22, I had the distinct pleasure of catching the opening show of Jazz Funk Soul at Blues Alley in Washington, DC. Earlier in the month, I caught Instagram updates from Jeff Lorber, and Paul Jackson, Jr, the keyboardist and guitarist for supergroup Jazz Funk Soul, saying they’d be at Blues Alley on that date through Sunday, 21 Aug. I immediately purchased two 8pm show tickets for myself and my wife and shortly after, my music production/business partner purchased two for he and his wife. We were set for a show that was undoubtedly going to be good.
Jazz Funk Soul is composed of:
Jeff Lorber – Keyboards, Paul Jackson, Jr – guitar, and Everette Harp – Sax. Joining them that night were DC’s own bass guitar phenom, David Dyson, and on drums, Lionel Cordew
Here’s a shot from Jeff’s IG feed showing the one and only soundcheck they did on the afternoon of August 18th.
We arrived about 20 mins before the show started and the club was pretty much full. We ordered dinner and shortly afterwards, the band entered the stage. Jeff, in his cordial way, talked about the history of the band, including the debut album members, Everette Harp, guitarist Chuck Loeb, and himself. They ha ve three previous releases, and their current one, “Forecast”, was recently released. More information about the first three projects can be found at Discogs.
The setlist for the show was:
Speed Of Light (from the self-titled debut release, “Jazz Funk Soul )
Monserrat (from the Jeff Lorber Fusion release, “Galaxy”)
Life and Times (from the third release, “Life and Times”)
Hustle (from the current release, “Forecast”)
Serious Business (from the self-titled debut release, “Jazz Funk Soul” )
Going Thru Changes (from Everette Harp’s release “First Love”, written with G. Duke)
Forecast (title track from “Forecast”)
Tune 88 (from Jeff Lorber Fusion’s release “Water Sign”)
Lionel Cordew and David Dyson were really good in holding down the bass and drums for the group, providing that phenomenal groove foundation for the entire setlist. The highlight of seeing the band was finally seeing the incomparable Paul Jackson, Jr on guitar. His immense session work as a guitarist across multiple genres, and as a solo artist, has caused him to be a major influence on me as a guitarist. Here’s a point in the show where he cuts loose.
Everette Harp, groovin’ the melody to Jeff Lorber Fusion’s classic track, “Tune 88”
A few photos from the set
Jazz Funk Soul’s latest release, “Forecast” can be found at Amazon and similar outlets, as well as on all major streaming platforms.
Thanks for the read,