Westword Music Showcase 2005

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Jessica "J-Fly" Flynn (trumpet); Chris Fischer (keys/Hammond organ); Cathy Griffin (lead vocals); Kevin Lehman (drums); Brad Kats (guitar); Jeff Young (trombone); Eric Stehle (sax); Sina Espinoza (backup vocals); Brett Schmahl (trumpet); Chris Sutliff (bass); Richard Bates (sound).

Native or transplant?

Mostly natives (seven out of ten). Most of us grew up in Colorado and are proud of the musical education we received from when we were young through the collegiate level. We have CU, CSU and UNC alumni all covered in this group.

What's in a name?

Funk-if-I-know? No, really -- Chris and Kevin came up with the name and thought they were the funniest two people alive when they did.

When did you form/start performing?

We began in 1998. Our lineup has evolved in a positive way through the years. The right players seem to gravitate to this group, creating a solid line up that has been getting stronger and tighter over the years.


Lovin' Life (2004); "Foolish Games" video (January 2005).

Who or what do you think you sound like?

We sound like ourselves, Funkiphino. Whether we are playing our own tunes or covering someone else's, we have a distinct sound that is our own. We always aspire to be a great band.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

We played for 9,000 people at the 55th Presidential Inauguration this year in Washington D.C. Our music video for "Foolish Games" is being featured on Frontier Airlines' "Wild Blue Yonder" channel on all of their flights. And we were voted "2005 Best Local Band" by the readers of Boulder's Colorado Daily.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

Random sampling: Tower of Power and Bump City (Tower of Power); Brother Sister (BNH); Escape (Journey); Chris F: Regetta de Blanc (the Police); All the World's a Stage (Rush); the "White Album" (the Beatles); Chris S: Stripped (Christina Aguilera); Sina: Search of the New Land (Lee Morgan).

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

Random sampling: Tower of Power, Journey, Brand New Heavies, ABBA; Chris F: Earth, Wind & Fire and Phil Collins; Jeff: Patti LaBelle, Aretha F. and Chaka Khan; Cathy: Geddy Lee, Sting and George Harrison; Chris S: Michael Brecker; Eric: Lee Morgan; Brett: Sting, Earth Wind & Fire, TOP; J-Fly: Christina Aguilera.

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?

Of the ten members, over half are full-time musicians/teachers. Our bass player is an executive meat salesman, Chris and Jessica own a manufacturing company, and Cathy is a full-time mom.

Finish this sentence: If I didn't have to worry about money, I'd...

Worry about something else.

Finish this sentence: I'd rather be...

Playing in Funkiphino than with any other band.

Who would play you in the screen adaptation of your life?

The cast of The Sopranos.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Five years older.

What's the biggest misconception about you or your band?

That we are "just a cover band."

Give us a random factoid about yourself or your band:

The little girl who stars in our video for "Foolish Games" is Cathy's talented daughter Grace.

Weezer or Winger?

One of Chris's Leslie speaker road cases was owned by Kip Winger!

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

Sina chooses Jay-Z!

Football or foosball?

Brad: Foosball. Everyone else: Football.

Parting shot?

The Funkiphino shot of choice is Jack Daniel's!


Website: www.futurejazzproject.com


Casey Sidwell (bass); Dameion Hines (drums/percussion); Greg Raymond (keys); Greg Harris (vibes/keys); Damon Jones (vocals); MC House (vocals).

Native or transplant?

Over 50 percent of the band is from Colorado.

What's in a name?

Future = next level; Jazz = improvisational music; and Project = a growing plan or design.

When did you form/start performing?

The basic design of the group was formed in 1997.


Future Jazz Project Check One; FJPLive, Choice Moments; Kids Are Funky Too, Volume I.

Who or what do you think you sound like?

Like a chameleon of different soul/R&B/hip-hop/jazz styles.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

2004 Westword Music Showcase, Best Jazz Band. Shared the stage with: the Roots, Al Green, Zap Mama etc.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

Fantastic, Volume Two (Slum Village); Do You Want More (the Roots); Electric Circus (Common), etc..

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

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