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UGLY ELEPHANT is a dynamic Instrumental Funk-Jazz-Fusion Band based out of Austin, Texas. Our music is intense and is presented to our audience without limits or musical boundries, we just like to jam. Our music is precise and structured, but at times impromptu, innovative and highlights each players love of the FUNk!
The band hit the scene hard with the 2010 Self Titled Debut Album "Ugly Elephant", then they toured New Orleans and placed 3rd in the Austin Chronicle Music Awards as "Best Instrumental Band". In 2012, Ugly Elephant placed 4th Best Instrumental Band. Ugly Elephant is a versatile project that loves making good music with anyone who can hang. We have colaborated with such artists as Stephanie Grissett, Spitfest & Love Robinson, Scef Poet, Theresa Grayson, The Poet known as Korim, Jean Claude Van Jam and several other artists in and around Texas.
Our vision is simple......By making music with your friends, your always going to be making GREAT music!!!!
The band was conceived in the Spring of 2008 by former band-mates, Dave “DJ” Johnson and Chris Hart after a brief conversation during Austins' famous Spring Birthday Celebration for Eeyore. Shortly after, Tim Girardot joined the band on Keys and Elliot Morgan joined on Bass. Now featuring Aric Pearson on Saxophone, Shane Walden on Trumpet, Scott Harrison on Trombone and Karyn Lane on Clarinet. Ugly Elephant is a powerful collaboration of intense funk grooves, experimental jazz fusion and progressive rock. Ugly Elephant is impromptu yet structured with no musical boundaries. The music contains catchy hooks, melodies, innovative rhythms and solos galore, keeping the average listener interested and the audience impressed. Ugly Elephant is a premier Austin, Texas band that will keep you off your feet, hitting you deep in your chest with some nasty funk that will force your body to move to the beat!