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Make It a Funky Saturday Night with Turkuaz at Brooklyn Steel

November 9th, 2017

Dave Brandwein (vocals and guitar) and Taylor Shell (bass) formed the nine-piece funk orchestra Turkuaz—rounded out by Craig Brodhead (guitar and synths), Chris Brouwers (trumpet and keys), Greg Sanderson (sax), Joshua Schwartz (sax and vocals), Michelangelo Carubba (drums), Sammi Garett (tambourine and vocals) and Shira Elias (vocals)—in 2008. Mixing Funk, R&B and Motown with world-music flourishes, Turkuaz (above, performing “Chatte Lunatique” at this year’s Mountain Jam) take cues from bands like Parliament, Sly and the Family Stone and Talking Heads. Their most recent album, Digitonium (stream it below), which came out in 2015, “showcases the band’s deep playbook and versatility within the genre, dialing back the clock for a classic-sounding funk record,” according to Live for Live Music. It’s filled with the psychedelic funk and brassy soul that’s become one of the funk army’s calling cards. Another is their high-octane stage performances. See Turkuaz live when their fall tour brings them home to play Brooklyn Steel on Saturday night. Houston eight-piece the Suffers open the show with a dose of Gulf Coast soul. And then as an added bonus, Turkuaz return in two weeks with Tauksgiving at The Bowery Ballroom on 11/24.

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Turkuaz and the New Mastersounds – Terminal 5 – December 2, 2016

December 5th, 2016

Turkuaz - Terminal 5 - December 2, 2016

Photos courtesy of Marc Millman Photography | www.marcmillmanphotos.com/music

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Turkuaz and the New Mastersounds Bring the Funk to Terminal 5

November 29th, 2016

Dave Brandwein (vocals and guitar) and Taylor Shell (bass) formed the nine-piece funk orchestra Turkuaz—rounded out by Craig Brodhead (guitar and synths), Chris Brouwers (trumpet and keys), Greg Sanderson (sax), Joshua Schwartz (sax and vocals), Michelangelo Carubba (drums), Sammi Garett (tambourine and vocals) and Shira Elias (vocals)—in 2008. Mixing Funk, R&B and Motown with world-music flourishes, Turkuaz (above, performing “Chatte Lunatique” at this year’s Mountain Jam) take cues from bands like Parliament, Sly and the Family Stone and Talking Heads. Their most recent album, Digitonium (stream it below), which came out last year, “showcases the band’s deep playbook and versatility within the genre, dialing back the clock for a classic-sounding funk record,” according to Live for Live Music. It’s filled with the psychedelic funk and brassy soul that’s become one of the funk army’s calling cards.

Turkuaz are currently touring the country with another like-minded band, the New Mastersounds. Simon Allen (drums), Eddie Roberts (guitar), Pete Shand (bass) and Joe Tatton (keys) may hail from Leeds in the U.K., but they have a decidedly old school soul- and jazz-influenced funk sound reminiscent of an instrumental version of the Meters. At the end of their 2015 tour, the New Mastersounds (below, doing “All Wrapped Up” on this year’s Jam Cruise) recorded 10 songs from their catalog plus a cover live in front of an audience at a Nashville, Tenn., recording studio, released earlier this year as The Nashville Session (stream it below), which finds the band “tighter than ever, and at a creative peak,” according to AllMusic. “If you find yourself sitting still while it’s playing, it may be well past time to get your pulse checked.” Your pulse will be racing when Turkuaz and the New Mastersounds play Terminal 5 on Friday night.