Rock Candy Funk Party

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Rock Candy Funk Party
Origin Los Angeles, California, USA
Genres
Years active 2009 (2009)–present
Labels
Website rockcandyfunkparty.com
Members Tal Bergman
Joe Bonamassa
Ron DeJesus
Mike Merritt

Rock Candy Funk Party is an American jazz-funk band from Los Angeles, California. It was formed in 2009 by drummer Tal Bergman and guitarist Ron DeJesus, who had previously released Grooove, Vol. 1 in 2007. After adding guitarist Joe Bonamassa, bassist Mike Merritt and keyboardist Renato Neto, the band released its debut album We Want Groove in 2013, which reached number 5 on the US Billboard Jazz Albums chart and number 6 on the UK Jazz & Blues Albums Chart. Percussionist Daniel Sadownick joined after the album's release, featuring on the band's first live album Rock Candy Funk Party Takes New York: Live at The Iridium in 2014.

In 2015, Rock Candy Funk Party released its second studio album Groove Is King, which featured additional contributions from musicians including trumpeter Randy Brecker, saxophonist Ada Rovatti and ZZ Top frontman Billy Gibbons. The album reached number 5 on the Billboard Jazz Albums chart and number 7 on the UK Jazz & Blues Albums Chart. The band is set to release its third album The Groove Cubed in October 2017, which also features vocalists Ty Taylor and Mahalia Barnes.

History[edit]

After enlisting Tal Bergman to his band in 2010, Joe Bonamassa joined Rock Candy Funk Party the following year.

Drummer Tal Bergman and guitarist Ron DeJesus first collaborated on the jazz/funk album Grooove, Vol. 1 in 2007, before performing a number of jam-based shows at Hollywood jazz club The Baked Potato with various guests.[1] This led to the official formation of Rock Candy Funk Party "around 2009",[2] with bassist Mike Merritt and keyboardist Renato Neto finalising the group's initial lineup.[1] After Bergman joined the guitarist's band in 2010, Joe Bonamassa also joined Rock Candy Funk Party in 2011,[2] performing for the first time with the group in early 2012.[3] The band recorded its debut album We Want Groove at Bergman's own studio in Los Angeles later in the year, which was released on January 29, 2013.[4] The album registered at number 5 on the US Billboard Jazz Albums chart,[5] number 8 on the Heatseekers Albums chart,[6] number 37 on the Independent Albums chart,[7] number 6 on the UK Jazz & Blues Albums Chart,[8] and number 41 on the UK Independent Albums Chart.[9]

On February 25, 2014 the band released its first live album and video set Rock Candy Funk Party Takes New York: Live at the Iridium, which was recorded across three nights at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York City, New York in June 2013.[10] The album features percussionist Daniel Sadownick, who had been performing live with the group since earlier in the year.[11] Live at the Iridium registered at number 29 on the Billboard Jazz Albums chart and number 14 on the UK Jazz & Blues Albums Chart.[5][12] The group's second studio album Groove Is King followed on July 31, 2015, featuring contributions from Sadownick, trumpeter Randy Brecker, saxophonists Ada Rovatti and James Campagnola, and keyboardist Fred Kron, as well as appearances from Billy Gibbons (under the name "Mr. Funkadamus") as the master of ceremonies.[13] The album reached number 5 on the Billboard Jazz Albums chart,[5] number 22 on the Heatseekers Albums chart,[6] and number 7 on the UK Jazz & Blues Albums Chart.[14]

Rock Candy Funk Party released its third studio album The Groove Cubed on October 20, 2017, which features vocalists Ty Taylor and Mahalia Barnes on a song each.[15] The Taylor-featured song, "Don't Even Try It", was released as the lead single from the album, with an accompanying music video, on September 29.[16] The album reached number 5 on the Billboard and number 10 on the UK Jazz & Blues Albums Chart.[5][17]

Band members[edit]

Official members

Other contributors

  • Renato Neto – keyboards (all releases)
  • Daniel Sadownick – percussion (Live at the Iridium and Groove Is King)
  • Fred Kron – keyboards, string (Groove Is King)
  • Ada Rovatti – saxophone (Groove Is King)
  • James Campagnola – alto saxophone (Groove Is King)
  • Randy Breckertrumpet (Groove Is King)
  • Zia – vocals (Groove Is King – "Digging in the Dirt" only)
  • Ty Taylor – vocals (The Groove Cubed – "Don't Even Try It" only)
  • Mahalia Barnes – vocals (The Groove Cubed – "I Got the Feelin'" only)

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
Heat.

[6]
US
Indie

[7]
US
Jazz

[5]
BEL
(Fla.)

[18]
BEL
(Wal.)

[19]
FRA
[20]
NED
[21]
UK
Indie

[9]
UK
Indie
Break.

[22]
UK
Jazz

[8][14][17]
We Want Groove 8 37 5 112 41 11 6
Groove Is King
  • Released: July 31, 2015
  • Label: J&R Adventures/Provogue
  • Formats: CD+DVD, 2LP, DL
22 5 137 132 79 7
The Groove Cubed
  • Released: October 20, 2017
  • Label: J&R Adventures/Provogue
  • Formats: CD, 2LP, DL
5 10

Live albums[edit]

List of live albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peaks
US
Jazz

[5]
UK
Jazz

[12]
Rock Candy Funk Party Takes New
York: Live at the Iridium
  • Released: February 25, 2014
  • Label: J&R Adventures/Provogue
  • Formats: 2CD+DVD, 2CD+BD, DL
29 14

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bosso, Joe (January 14, 2013). "Joe Bonamassa, drummer Tal Bergman talk Rock Candy Funk Party". MusicRadar. Future plc. Retrieved October 6, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "About the Band". Rock Candy Funk Party. Retrieved October 6, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Joe's Music Projects". Joe Bonamassa. Retrieved October 6, 2017. 
  4. ^ Collar, Matt. "We Want Groove - Rock Candy Funk Party: Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved October 6, 2017. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Rock Candy Funk Party Chart History: Jazz Albums". Billboard. Retrieved October 6, 2017. 
  6. ^ a b c "Rock Candy Funk Party Chart History: Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Retrieved October 6, 2017. 
  7. ^ a b "Rock Candy Funk Party Chart History: Independent Albums". Billboard. Retrieved October 6, 2017. 
  8. ^ a b "Official Jazz & Blues Albums Chart Top 30: 03 February 2013 - 09 February 2013". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 6, 2017. 
  9. ^ a b "Official Independent Albums Chart Top 50: 03 February 2013 - 09 February 2013". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 6, 2017. 
  10. ^ Bosso, Joe (February 27, 2014). "Joe Bonamassa talks touring, vintage guitars, Beth Hart and new studio album". MusicRadar. Future plc. Retrieved October 6, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Press Releases". Rock Candy Funk Party. Archived from the original on March 22, 2016. Retrieved October 6, 2017. 
  12. ^ a b "Official Jazz & Blues Albums Chart Top 30: 02 March 2014 - 08 March 2014". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 6, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Funk Quartet Rock Candy Funk Party to Unleash "Groove Is King" on July 31". PR Newswire. June 29, 2015. Retrieved October 6, 2017. 
  14. ^ a b "Official Jazz & Blues Albums Chart Top 30: 07 August 2015 - 13 August 2015". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 6, 2017. 
  15. ^ "Rock Candy Funk Party announce new album, launch video starring Ty Taylor". Classic Rock. TeamRock. October 2, 2017. Retrieved October 6, 2017. 
  16. ^ "Rock Candy Funk Party – "Don't Even Try It" ft. Ty Taylor (Official Music Video)". YouTube. September 29, 2017. Retrieved October 6, 2017. 
  17. ^ a b "Official Jazz & Blues Albums Chart Top 30: 27 October 2017 - 02 November 2017". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 16, 2017. 
  18. ^ "Discografie Rock Candy Funk Party". ultratop.be (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved October 6, 2017. 
  19. ^ "Discographie Rock Candy Funk Party". ultratop.be (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved October 6, 2017. 
  20. ^ "Discographie Rock Candy Funk Party". lescharts.com (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved October 6, 2017. 
  21. ^ "Discografie Rock Candy Funk Party". dutchcharts.nl (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved October 6, 2017. 
  22. ^ "Official Independent Albums Chart Top 50: 03 February 2013 - 09 February 2013". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 6, 2017. 

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