“Jazz is the teacher, Funk is the preacher!”
Funk Rush's music is an intense mix of old school funk, rock and jazz. Borne out of the long-term musical relationship between guitarist Scott Newell and bassist Reggie Dennis, the band lives all styles but bases it all in the funk.
Scott and Reggie met nearly 15 years ago (as of 2014) and began jamming and writing, instantly recognizing their musical chemistry. Through various name and personnel changes they remained the foundation of the group and powered on until Funk Rush settled in to its current lineup of nearly 2 years now.
Reggie Dennis began playing bass at age 19 and grew up on a steady diet of funk and listening to all styles of music. Reggie's a huge Prince and P-Funk fan and you can definitely hear it in his playing. His time is impeccable and he is always "on the 1". Quite possibly the southeast’s funkiest bassit, his dazzling funk virtuosity leaves audiences hollering for more.
Scott Newell started his musical life as an elementary school student, beginning with trumpet in school band and shortly thereafter adding the guitar. Scott grew up under a broad influence of 70's disco, funk, soul, heavy rock and roll and pop music. Later in his 20's he fell under the spell of Miles Davis and everything and everyone springing from the bebop jazz of the 40's and 50's to the present.
Newest members of the group include Donte Forsythe of the Raleigh area in NC on drums and Robert Beasley of Ohio (Los Leones) on percussion. Together they round out the Funk Rush vibe and always keep it poppin' in the rhythm section.
Funk Rush has been heard on WNCW in frequent rotation, on-air for their "Live in Studio B" sessions and continues to perform in the Carolinas and southeast region.
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