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funk & jazz

 

We are funky fly project

 

Pittsburgh Based Funk & Jazz collective.

 

 

The Funky Fly Project is a funk and jazz group out of Pittsburgh, PA consisting of Winston Bell, Henry Schultz, Brandon Terry, and Eric Dowdell Jr. A powerful combination of skill and virtuosic playing, you would never know by listening that each member of the project is less than eighteen years old. Developing a sound well beyond their age, the quartet fuse classic jazz styles with contemporary funk to create a unique sound that leaves listeners in awe.

 

The Funky Fly Project flaunts the soloistic skills of the players while showcasing the group’s inspiring ability to write original compositions with unmatched style and grace. Pulling together an arsenal of different styles and techniques, each track is laden with the fresh excitement of youth and expertise rarely found in today’s world of overdubs and pop music. Each player, a prodigy of their muse, gains inspiration from a number of different influences and their combined sound is nothing less than spectacular.

 

Soaring solos, upbeat rhythms and down right impressive jam structures are the hallmark of this burgeoning band from Pittsburgh. Loaded to the brim with impressive structure and style, this urban quartet is unlike any jazz project you have witnessed before. The Funky Fly Project leaves players twice their age in the dust; what they lack in age, they make up for in unmatched talent.

 

The complex sound of the Funky Fly Project is made up of four equal yet distinguishing parts, Winston Bell on saxophone, Henry Schultz on keys, Brandon Terry on drums, and Eric Dowdell Jr on bass guitar. Each member of the project shines with complex chord changes, difficult rhythms and jaw-dropping solos while harnessing the finesse of veteran jazz legends. A band to watch in coming months and years, it's hard to imagine where this level of talent might take this group --- whether it’s the main stage at jazz festivals or spotlight performances in clubs --- the Funky Fly Project will perform as many nights as their homework allows. Having already performed at a number of local clubs and nationally publicized events, the group grows leaps and bounds with each new gig they conquer.



For the latest information and news about the Funky Fly Project, check out the band's Facebook page: <www.facebook.com/FunkyFlyProject>.

 

Saxophone / Winston Bell
Keyboard / Henry Schultz
    Bass / Eric Dowdell Jr
Drums / Brandon Terry

 

 

 

 
Winston Bell began playing bass at the age of six while attending Dilworth Elementary School. During the summer of 2011, Winston attended the Duquesne University Music Jumpstart Program where he began playing the alto saxophone. As the spring of 2013 approached, Winston’s knowledge and technique had grown well beyond his young age. His robust and soulful tone plays tribute to the jazz greats like John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter and Maceo Parker while cultivating his own, unique sound. “To me, playing in a band is like being with people that share the same love and interest for music. When you play with them, they understand the language of music and know how to respond in that language. It also gives me a new opportunity to make music." -Winston Bell

Winston Bell began playing bass at the age of six while attending Dilworth Elementary School. During the summer of 2011, Winston attended the Duquesne University Music Jumpstart Program where he began playing the alto saxophone. As the spring of 2013 approached, Winston’s knowledge and technique had grown well beyond his young age. His robust and soulful tone plays tribute to the jazz greats like John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter and Maceo Parker while cultivating his own, unique sound.



“To me, playing in a band is like being with people that share the same love and interest for music. When you play with them, they understand the language of music and know how to respond in that language. It also gives me a new opportunity to make music." -Winston Bell

Fifteen years old jazz pianist and multi-instrumentalist, Henry Schultz has taken over the Pittsburgh music scene through his involvement with the Funky Fly Project, and the Hatco Theatre Company through the Hope Academy. Most comfortable behind keys, he also plays the cello. In addition to composing and arranging original material during his free time, he helped compose the music for the Hatco Theater production of “This Girl” and was a key performer on cello and xylophone.   “Jazz and funk are a new genre of interest for me. I enjoy the freedom to be creative with improvisation and thoroughly enjoy playing live.” -Henry Schultz

Fifteen years old jazz pianist and multi-instrumentalist, Henry Schultz has taken over the Pittsburgh music scene through his involvement with the Funky Fly Project, and the Hatco Theatre Company through the Hope Academy. Most comfortable behind keys, he also plays the cello. In addition to composing and arranging original material during his free time, he helped compose the music for the Hatco Theater production of “This Girl” and was a key performer on cello and xylophone.


 

“Jazz and funk are a new genre of interest for me. I enjoy the freedom to be creative with improvisation and thoroughly enjoy playing live.” -Henry Schultz

Eric Dowdell Jr, Eighteen years old bassist showed an interest in music at a very young age growing up in a musical environment. He got most of his inspiration from his father "Eric Dowdell Sr"(bassist) and his uncle "Timmy Wills" who is a drummer. His first musical interest was to be a drum player and he still does practice drums when he has a chance. When he got older he started getting more lessons on bass from his father. On his 13th birthday his aunt bought him his first bass and he would play it every single day. His first public performance song was "maiden voyage" with a well known Pittsburgh jazz band called "southern comfort". Eric is currently a member of the AAMI(Afro American Music Institute) Jazz ensemble.   "Playing in the Funky Fly Project is like having a musical conversation with three musical geniuses."- Eric Dowdell Jr

Eric Dowdell Jr, Eighteen years old bassist showed an interest in music at a very young age growing up in a musical environment. He got most of his inspiration from his father "Eric Dowdell Sr"(bassist) and his uncle "Timmy Wills" who is a drummer. His first musical interest was to be a drum player and he still does practice drums when he has a chance. When he got older he started getting more lessons on bass from his father. On his 13th birthday his aunt bought him his first bass and he would play it every single day. His first public performance song was "maiden voyage" with a well known Pittsburgh jazz band called "southern comfort". Eric is currently a member of the AAMI(Afro American Music Institute) Jazz ensemble.

 

"Playing in the Funky Fly Project is like having a musical conversation with three musical geniuses."- Eric Dowdell Jr

Brandon Terry has developed a reputation as a gifted young drummer throughout the Pittsburgh area. Only twelve years old, he has already accompanied national jazz saxophonist Jeff Kashiwa as well as received first runner up in the 2012 Western PA Blues Society Competition. Though a versatile performer, Brandon excels within the jazz, funk, fusion, gospel and bebop genres. In addition to the Funky Fly Project, Brandon plays in a number of Pittsburgh groups like the Urban Impact Jazz Ensemble and the Pittsburgh Children’s Choir.   “Funky Fly is about 4 normal boys that play instruments and who enjoy inspiring others through the melodies of jazz and funk.” -Brandon Terry

Brandon Terry has developed a reputation as a gifted young drummer throughout the Pittsburgh area. Only twelve years old, he has already accompanied national jazz saxophonist Jeff Kashiwa as well as received first runner up in the 2012 Western PA Blues Society Competition. Though a versatile performer, Brandon excels within the jazz, funk, fusion, gospel and bebop genres. In addition to the Funky Fly Project, Brandon plays in a number of Pittsburgh groups like the Urban Impact Jazz Ensemble and the Pittsburgh Children’s Choir.


 

“Funky Fly is about 4 normal boys that play instruments and who enjoy inspiring others through the melodies of jazz and funk.” -Brandon Terry

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Past events

June 17th: Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival  @9th St Stage 1pm-2pm

July 1st: Jazz and BBQ Festival  www.ELCPR.com/JAZZBBQFESTIVAL2017

July 8th: FarmJammaLamma10   www.farmjammalamma.com

July 29th: Funky Fly Project Jazz Fest @Levity Brewing Co, Indiana PA 8pm-11pm

July 30th: Special guest Apperance Openning for Confunkshun Concert @Hartwood Acres Park

August 4th: Elkins Jazz Walk WV @ El Gran Sabor 6:30pm-9pm

August 5th: DreamOn Festival  www.dreamonfest.com

August 19th: Monroeville Jazz Festival  4:30-5:30pm

August 21st: Savoy Monday Jazz

August 26th: Stars at Riverview Jazz Series 7-8:30pm

September 1st: Ethnic Fest Block Party on 3rd Ave, Johnstown PA

September 10th: Carnegie Arts Intiative 3pm-4pm

October 7th: Millvale Harvest Moon Wine Festival 6-9pm

October 23rd (MON) : CD RELEASE PARTY @SAVOY 6-9pm!!!

November 1st: Proud Haven Fundraiser @ James street Gastropub Ballroom V.I.P Hour 5:30pm-

November 18th(sat): Levity Brewing co, Indiana PA

December 2nd(sat): Ceramic City Christmas Festival Liverpool Ohio

upcoming events

december 7th(thu): Hotel Indigo Pgh east liberty 7-9pm

December 8th(Fri): Holiday Jazz stroll  Clarksburgh, WV

 

 

CD Release party!

monday

October 23, 2017

@SAVOY 6-9pm!!!

 

Big "Thank you!" to all the contributor who support us through "GoFundme" and our fundraiser events. Also families and friends.. Without your love and support we couldn't make this happen. 

 

 

 
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by Funky Fly Project