Lovin’ Cup hosts anniversary show May 2

PTF again Rochester Music Hall of Fame band April 26

Also: Vijay Iyer credits PTF’s Andy Calabrese on Charlie Rose

Rochester, NY – Prime Time Funk celebrates 19 years together with a special show at Lovin’ Cup Bistro & Brews (300 Park Point Drive) on Saturday, May 2, 2015.  Admission is $10 to the two-set show, which begins at 8:30 p.m.

Formed in 1996 by James Richmond and the late Ralph Ortiz, Prime Time Funk is a 10-piece powerhouse of passionate musicians from Upstate, New York: Ronnie Leigh (lead & bkg. vocals), James Richmond (tenor & alto saxes, bkg. & lead vocals), David Cohen (drums, percussion, bkg. vocals), Vince Ercolamento (tenor, alto & soprano saxes, flute), Mike Edwards (baritone sax, flute, EWI [electronic wind instrument], violin), Ron D’Angelo (trumpet & flugelhorn), Derrick Lipp (trumpet & flugelhorn), Andy Calabrese (keyboards), Joe Chiappone (guitar) and Ron France (bass). They write, arrange and perform a world-class combination of funk, jazz and rock that’s difficult to categorize but easy to feel. In its 19 years, PTF has played multiple times at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Club in Paris as well as at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, and has shared the stage with some of the world’s most respected funk, R&B, blues and jazz acts: Earth, Wind & Fire; Medeski, Martin & Wood; The Brothers Johnson; Tom Scott; Terrence Blanchard; The Temptations; Average White Band; Stanley Clarke; Lenny White; Larry Carlton; John Scofield; Sherman Roberston; and Francine Reed. PTF’s 2001 debut CD, Ready and Willing, was co-produced by Grammy® Award-winning producer Jeff Tyzik, Principal Pops Conductor for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Its self-produced follow-up CD, Hear and Now, was released in 2012, and is a tribute to the band’s co-founder and original bass player, the late Ralph Ortiz.

PTF has been the official house band of the Rochester Music Hall of Fame annual awards ceremonies in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre since the event began in 2012. On April 26 at 7 p.m., they’ll once again back guest artists at the induction ceremony, as well as receive their own featured number for the first time.

Last but not least, PTF keyboardist Andy Calabrese was mentioned as an important early influence by jazz pianist Vijay Iyer (a Fairport, NY native and 2014 XRIJF artist at Kilbourn Hall) on a recent episode of the Charlie Rose Show on PBS. While in high school, Iyer studied with Calabrese, who’s mentioned at around the four-minute mark here:  http://www.hulu.com/watch/765932?utm_source=facebook.

Media please note:  High-resolution photos are available, and interviews and photo/footage opportunities can be arranged.  Please visit www.primetimefunk.com for more information. 

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