Last public show of 2015 is Saturday, Nov. 28 at Lovin’ Cup
Rochester, NY – Rochester’s premiere funk/jazz/rock band Prime Time Funk (PTF) will play its last public show of the year on Saturday, November 28 at 8:30 PM at Lovin’ Cup Bistro & Brews (300 Park Point Drive, near RIT). Cover charge is $10 for the two-set performance.
About Prime Time Funk: Formed in 1996 (that’s right – 2016 will be the band’s 20th anniversary!) by James Richmond and the late Ralph Ortiz, PTF 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 is the official house band of the Rochester Music Hall of Fame awards ceremony, taking place every April in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.