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Tyrone Jefferson: (30 years)
Musical Director/ Trombone
Mr. Jefferson joined the James Brown Elite Family of Funk in 1979. In addition to writing and arranging music for the Godfather of Soul, he was one of six composers from around the world commissioned in 1983 by the Minister of Culture in Basse Terre, Guadeloupe to compose original music for World Peace. He has also performed with jazz legends Frank Foster and Slide Hampton as well as with The Dells, The Manhattans, and Grammy-nominated vocalist Carla Cook
Bass Guitar – Fred Thomas (38 years)
Mr. Thomas joined the James Brown Elite Family of Funk in 1971 and was a member of the original JB’s band. He is currently setting up a tour of School and Colleges for clinics with their music departments – sharing how James Brown put it all together and how he made it work. He will soon release a CD that speaks to the music from his lifetime of writing and arranging.
Vocals – Cynthia Moore (18 years)
Ms. Moore joined the James Brown Elite Family of Funk in 1991. A native from Buffalo NY, who eventually became the lead vocalist. Ms. Moore shared the spotlight with Mr. Brown on several songs. Ms. Moore has spent 9 years performing with “The Unity Band” in Buffalo. Ms Moore has just been nominated at the Hall of Fame in Buffalo
Vocal Keyboard – Chris Rob (3 years)
Chris Rob is a multi instrumental playing keyboard, guitare, bass & drum, singer, Dj, dancer. Chris has been influenced by Herbie Hancock, Nina Simone, Daryl Coley, James Brown. He has performed alongside other new artists including Kanye West, John Legend for whom he took the position of musical director on the «Get Lifte »Tour. He has also performed with Stevie Wonder in Washington D.C. for President Barack Obama‘s inauguration festivities. Chris Rob opened for or played with Prince & the New Power Generation, Elton John, Snoop Dogg, John Mayer, Jill Scott, The Roots, The Black Eyed Peas, & many more Chris joined the JB’s tour in 2017
Guitar – Damon Wood (7 years)
Damon Wood played Guitar with James Brown’s Soul Generals from 1999 to 2006, and also worked with James Brown’s opening act, The Tomi Rae Band for 18 months prior to joining the Soul Gs.His first National Touring Act was The Jimmie Van Zant Band. 1992-1995. Jimmie was First Cousin of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Ronnie Van Zant.Damon has since fronted his own band, Harmonious Junk, based out of Denver, Colorado (2001-present) and also writes and performs with Colorado based National Touring Bluegrass/Rock act WhiteWater Ramble. Damon is the co-author of Working for the Man, Playing in the Band, My Years with James Brown by Damon Wood and Phil Carson. A book chronicling his James Brown experience filled with extensive quotes from a dozen other band members.
Guitar – Keith Jenkins (15 years)
Mr. Jenkins joined the James Brown Elite Family of Funk in 1994. He performed with James Brown at many notable events such as the Woodstock 99 Festival and Mr. Brown’s final appearance at the Apollo Theater. He’s currently working toward a college degree and resides in Augusta, Ga.
Saxophone – Jeff Watkins (15 years)
Mr. Watkins joined the James Brown Elite Family of Funk in 1994 and has also performed with many other soul legends. Jeff is currently a member of the Joss Stone Band and is touring the world with her. He resides in New Orleans and enjoys recording & producing as well as playing sax & keys
Saxophone Alto – “Funky” Leroy Harper Jr. (15 years)
Mr Harper « Funky » joined the Elite Family of Funk in 1991 and has also performed with a number of artists and bands such as Stevie Wonder, Stacy Lattasaw, Milie Jacksin, James Levi (Herbie Hancock-Headhunters), Sylk (Founder), Soul Power Posse (Founder, and many others. He has made guest appearances in several Tv-shows : Late night with David Letterman, Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, James Brown live at the House Of Blues, Woodstock 99 just to naes a few. He also made guest appearences on the following movies : Rocky IV, The Tuxedo- starring Jackie Chan,Experience the Music Project-Dreamworks, Idlewild- starring Outkast, Boulden- produced by Wynton Marsalis.
Musical Director/ Trumpet – Hollie Farris (31 years)
Mr. Farris joined the James Brown Elite Family of Funk when James Brown heard Mr. Farris playing with a popular Nashville show band and hired him on the spot in 1975. Mr. Farris became lead trumpet, section leader, arranger and later music director. Mr. Farris has also toured with Steve Winwood, The Commitments, and for the last five years, Joss Stone, the British soul-singing sensation. He has written songs for James Brown, jazz guitarist Denny Jiosa and several television shows. Mr. Farris earned his Bachelor and Master’s degree in Music Education at Arkansas State University, had a brief stint as a band director and was a member of the elite 82nd Airborne band at Ft. Bragg, N.C
Trumpet – Joe Collier (30 years)
Mr. Collier joined the James Brown Elite Family of Funk in 1980 and has also performed with ‘Clarence Carter, Albert Collins, Aretha Franklin, and Joe Cocker. His TV and movies credits include Rocky IV and Mama Flora’s Family featuring Cicely Tyson and the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.
Drums – “Moussey” Thompson (13 years) Robert “Mousey” Thompson, who performed with James Brown from 1993 until his passing in 2006. Thompson has also performed with other renowned musical performers including Wilson Pickett, Lloyd Price, Rufus Thomas and Peaches & Herb. Moussey has also completed a number of collaborations ranging from Bootsy Collins to Jab’o Starks and Clyde Stubblefield .
Drums – Tony Cook (30 years)
Mr. Cook from Augusta Georgia joined Elite Family of Funk in February 1976 as a member of The JB’s. He is one of the most sampled musicians of all time! In 1984, Tony’s New York Production,” On the Floor – Rock It” was released and charted in the US and UK and is referred to as the Grand Daddy of all House Records. Mr. Cook worked with Etta James, Latimore, Z.Z Hill, Billy Ocean, Robert Palmer, Little Milton, and many others and has been featured in several magazine such as Billboard, Echoes, Rhythm, Blues & Soul and We Go Funk. He played on many James Brown’s recordings such as Jam 1980’s, Mutha’s Nature, Love Over-Due and many more. Mr. Cook’s Trunk-O-Funk track “Teenie Bopper” appears in episode twelve of season one of the hit TV-show The Shield and in the HBO series The Mind of the Married Man. Track #1 (Cram) from The Brother’s In The Groove CD was recently used on a British movie (The Clubbed) Directed by Neil Thompso
Percussion – George “Spike” Nealy (19 years)
Mr. Nealy joined the James Brown Elite Family of Funk in 1990 and was featured in the movie “Drum Line”. He currently teaches in the Music Department at South Carolina State University and has also performed with the SOS band, Keith Sweat and Xscape just to name a few.