Wednesday, July 14, 2010

San Jose Jazz Festival -

The Jazz Festival should be interesting this year. Among the many performers attending this year will be George Clinton.

George Clinton is an American musician and the principal architect of P-Funk. He was the mastermind of the bands Parliament and Funkadelic during the 1970s and early 1980s, and has been a solo funk artist since 1981. He has been called one of the most important innovators of funk music, next to James Brown and Sly Stone. Clinton was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997 with fifteen other members of Parliament-Funkadelic.

In 1982, Clinton signed to Capitol Records as a solo artist and as the P-Funk All-Stars, releasing Computer Games that same year. Loopzillahit the Top 20 R&B charts, followed by Atomic Dog, which reached #1 R&B, but peaked at #101 on the pop chart. In 1985, he was recruited by the Red Hot Chili Peppers to produce their album Freaky Styley.l. In 1989, Clinton released The Cinderella Theory on Paisley Park, on Prince's record label. This was followed by Hey Man, Smell My Finger. Clinton then signed with Sony 550 and released The Awesome Power of a Fully Operational Mothership in 1996. Clinton founded a record label called The C Kunspyruhzy in 2005.

In 2008, George appeared on the reality show Gone County 3, where seven celebrities moved into a Nashville mansion and competed to cross over into the country music scene. With his Gone Country experience, George wrote his country song; Time Is. In 2008, he also released his solo album George Clinton and His Gangsters of Love.. Largely a covers album, Gangsters featured guest appearances by Sly Stone, El DeBarge, Red Hot Chili Peppers, RZA, Carlos Santana, and gospel singer Kim Burrell.
George Clinton & Parliament/Funkadelic: George Clinton, Belita Woods, Bennie Cowan, Cardwell "Boogie" Mosson, Carlos McMurray, Danny Dedrosian, Dewayne "Blackbyrd" McKinght, Frankie "Kash" Waddy, Garry "Starchild" Shider, Gene Anderson, Greg Thomas, Jerome Rogers, Kim Manning, Lige Curry, Louie Kabbabie, Michael "Clip" Payne, Michael "Kid Funkadelic" Hampton, Paul Hill, Rico Lewis, Robert "Peanut" Johnson, Ron Sperman, Steven Boyd & Tracey Lewis.

George Clinton
He has been called one of the most important innovators of funk music, next to James Brown and Sly Stone.
Main Stage, Friday, August 13 at 7:30pm

Maceo Parker is world-famous funk and soul jazz saxophone player, best known for his contributions to James Brown's distinct sound.
Main Stage, Saturday, August 14 at 2:00pm

Irma Thomas
The best kept secret from New-Orleans. A soul queen in the tradition of Aretha Franklin and Etta James.
Main Stage, Saturday, August 14 at 6:00pm

about the performers

Aaron Lington Quintet
Altered Roots Quartet
Amina Figarova Sextet
Annette A. Aguilar & StringBeans
Anthony Blea y su Charanga
Bill Noteman and the Rockets
Bobby Matos and his Afro Latin Ensemble
Carolyn Wonderland
Coto Pincheira & the Sonido Moderno Project
Crystal Monee Hall
Dani Paige Band
Dara Tucker
DeJazz Vu
Fatum Brothers' Jazz Orchestra
Ford Blues Band with Robben Ford
George Clinton & Parliament/Funkadelic
Gretchen Parlato Band
Grover Washington Tribute
Grupo Falso Baiano
Harold Fethe Trio
Harvey Wainapel's Alegritude
Irma Thomas Soul Queen of New Orleans
Jazz Mafia's Brass, Bows and Beats
JC Smith Band
Jeff Hamilton Trio
Jessica Johnson
Jesus Diaz Y Su QBA
Joe Bagale
John Ellis & Double-Wide
John Handy
Kat Parra
La Marraqueta Jazz Fusion Criolla
Latin Rhythm Boys
Let's Play Jazz
Los Gatos / Saratoga Big Band
Louie Romero y su Mazacote
Lucy Woodward
Maceo Parker
Marcus Miller Tutu Revisited
Mia Borders
Michelle Pollace's Jazz Y Clave
Midnight Sol
MILK & JADE by Dana Leong
Montuno Swing
Ms.Taylor P. Collins
Nnenna Freelon
Orquesta Borinquen
Pellejo Seco
Pete Christlieb
Pete Yellin Quintet Featuring Barry Finnerty
Poblano Project
Ray Obiedo & Mambo Caribe
Razin' the Bar
Round Midnight
Ruthie Foster
SJJ High School Big Band
SJJ High School Latin Band
Stephanie Nakasian with the San Jose Jazz Orchestra
Steve Lucky and the Rhumba Bums
Sylvia Cuenca Latin Jazz Project
The Tamburr / Vitchev Project
Tony Johns and the Street Lucy Project
Tony Lindsay
Tower of Power
Vijay Iyer Trio
VW Brothers
Wally Schnalle & Idiot Fish
Yoshiaki Miyanoue Tokyo Quartet

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