“Redtenbacher’s Funkestra delivers “out-and-out spectacular funk.”
– London DJ and percussionist Snowboy
“The Funkestra has got that ‘what is hip’ attitude…more deep grooves than a 78 rpm record.”
– George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly
“Stefan, you know what the Funk is About!”
– Fred Wesley of the JB’s
Ready to groove? Psyched to stomp? Prepared to dance till you just can’t dance no mo’? Then check out “Dr Hypenstein,” the eighth album from Redtenbacher’s Funkestra, featuring 13 of the band’s funkiest grooves yet – from the bass-driven “Bass Face” to the heavy crunch of “Swagger” to the percolating “Funktionality.” By the time the band lets the atomic dogs out, with “Cave Canem,” you’ll be moving. Guaranteed.
Redtenbacher’s Funkestra regularly performs at – and packs – London’s legendary 606 Club, as well as other local favorites such as The Electric Theatre (Guildford) and Jazz at Boaters (Kingston). The band has appeared at festivals and venues including the European Bass Day (Germany), Kaunas Jazz Festival (Lithuania), Manchester Bass Day, The Cooker at Ronnie Scott’s Club, ARGE Kultur (Austria), Greenwich Jazz Festival, Hampton Court Jazz Festival, Cornbury Music Festival, Reading Real Ale and Jazz Festival, Battersea Jazz Festival, Haslemere Fringe Festival, Pizza Express Live, The Hideaway, and The Watershed.
Over the years, Redtenbacher’s Funkestra has proudly welcomed illustrious guest musicians, including Fred Wesley, Alfred “Pee Wee” Ellis, “Doc” Kupka, Lee Thornburg and Lenny Pickett (from Tower of Power), Eric Krasno (Soulive), Elliott Randall (Steely Dan), Stanton Moore (Galactic), Rick Margitza (Miles Davis Group), Chris Hunter (Manhattan Jazz and Gil Evans Orchestra), Andy Snitzer (Paul Simon, Sting), and the horn sections of Prince, Incognito, and The Brand New Heavies.
With an eye toward mentoring and educating upcoming musicians, Redtenbacher’s Funkestra has held numerous master classes at colleges like the LCCM in London, the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford, ATM Studios in Birmingham, SMTA Blueprint Studios in Manchester, British Academy of New Music in London, and the RNCM.
The band’s ninth record, “The Time Thief,” is going to be released on December 1st on Stefan’s RSB Music label.
(Juliet Eastland, Boston)