The James Brown Dance Party is an all-star rotating cast of musicians that keeps the amazing music of James Brown alive and well by combining old school players who shared the stage with James Brown along with contemporary artists.
The band has included members of The James Brown Band, Bootsy Collins Band, Snarky Puppy, Trombone Shorty, Trey Anastasio Band, Galactic, Lettuce, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Sly And The Family Stone, Meghan Trainer Band, and more!The Chase Brothers are American born songwriters, producers, music directors, multi-instrumentalists, vocalists and of course…brothers! The talented duo are best known for their collaborations with members of Dave Matthews Band, Santana, Snarky Puppy, Victor Wooten Band, Trey Anastasio Band, The J.B.’s, Rubblebucket, James Brown Band, Kool And The Gang, The Saturday Night Live Band, Sly And The Family Stone, CeeLo Galactic, Green Band, Aquarium Rescue Unit, Parliament Funkadelic, Bela Fleck and The Flecktones, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Sun Ra Arkestra, American Idol, Michael Jackson Band, Aretha Franklins Band, The Nashville Jazz Orchestra, Lettuce, Odeza, Break Science, The Giant Country Horns & More!
The Chase Brothers are the music director of The James Brown Dance Party and Jazz Is PHSH as well as long time members of original touring acts, Black Eyed Susan and Emotive.
The Chase Brothers as a duo writing team have brought together a number of their co-collaborators to begin working on The Chase Brothers debut record that is expected out some time in late 2017.Clyde Stubblefield is a drummer best known for his work with James Brown. Stubblefield’s recordings with James Brown are considered to be some of the standard-bearers for funk drumming, including the singles ‘Cold Sweat’, ‘There Was A Time’, ‘I Got The Feelin”, ‘Say It Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud’, ‘Ain’t It Funky Now’, ‘Mother Popcorn’, and the album Sex Machine. He may be the most widely sampled musician in the world – his groove on James Brown’s ‘Funky Drummer’ is believed to be the world’s most sampled record. Stubblefield was featured in a PBS Independent Lens documentary, Copyright Criminals which aired January 19, 2010. In the mid- nineties Producer/Songwriter Richard Mazda wrote and produced a record, Revenge of The Funky Drummer, which was Clyde’s first solo record.Fred Wesley is the trombonist, composer, arranger, bandleader and author known worldwide as one of the architects of funk music. Fred’s work with Godfather of Soul James Brown in the 1970s established him as the world’s funkiest trombone player.
Today he fronts his own jazz-funk band, the New JBs, passes his expertise along to students and younger musicians around the world, and lends his fire to assorted artists across a broad musical spectrum.Exposed to music that ranged from Motown and the Beatles to Queen, Elise Testone began studying privately at the age of 5 and performed at local coffeehouses throughout her teenage years. Testone graduated from Coastal Carolina University with a Vocal Performance degree, and continued to hone her skills performing live and teaching music in Charleston. At the age of 27, Testone was approached by a talent scout from American Idol and became a top 6 finalist on the hit show in 2012.
In the wake of her appearance on American Idol, Testone has toured extensively performing original music with her own band as well as participating in a number of successful collaborations, including the James Brown Dance Party and Thankful For Amy Winehouse. Testone has also appeared on such popular TV programs as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Live with Kelly, Access Hollywood, Good Day New York, and Good Morning America. Testone’s original music has drawn comparisons to legends including Ella Fitzgerald, Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin, James Brown and Lauryn Hill.Saxophonist/composer Chris Bullock strives to push the boundaries of musical categorization. He can be found performing in many different genres. A product of the Carolina’s, Chris developed a desire to play music from early piano lessons, long-haired garage bands, and late night music on public radio. He eventually found his way to the saxophone. In 2009, Chris relocated to NYC where he has since established the beginnings of a fruitful professional career as a musician. He has had the opportunity to perform all around the world, including many of the major jazz and music festivals including North Sea Jazz Fest, Montreaux Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, Shanghai Jazz Fest, London Jazz Fest, etc.From guitar solos that sweep the gamut of his instrument’s range without sacrificing its natural expressiveness, to rhythmic riffs that chank along with the steadiness of a jackhammer, Lebowitz’s playing is as notable for its variety as its laid-back execution.
When Dan’s not busy with ALO, he can be seen performing with numerous groups as both a guitarist and a percussionist. He also recently founded the Dan Lebowitz Group, an act not to be missed!Victor Little’s bass contributions include recordings and performances with luminary artists Patti Austin, Billy Preston, Angela Bofill, James Carter, Charlie Musselwhite, Joyce Cooling, and the legendary Booker T. Jones.MoPo is a master craftsman and his building material is the world’s most precious commodity: TIME. Consider yourself fortunate If you get a chance catch a Motion Potion DJ set these days. An enormous amount of thought, planning, and scheming has to occur to make them happen. MoPo approaches his shows like a college professor, or a football coach, putting hours of preparation and thought into exactly who will be listening, and how exactly to reach into their souls. Every set is different, and each can unfold in hundreds of different ways, and this intense focus on preparation makes him so versatile, so intense, and so much damn fun. These are “DJ sets” in the classic sense, unfolding like poems with every song a word and every mix or drop a bit of punctuation. Once known as the “DJ for people who hate DJ’s” it would be more accurate to say that this is the DJ for those who love live music.