The Funky Fritters are a powerhouse 11-member band w/The Funky Frittatas on Back-up vocals & The Red Beans Horn section. Serving up a bowl of Funky Gumbo and a Hearty Helpin' of New Orleans, Mardi Gras, blues, brass, rock, R&B, jazz and gospel.
Formerly known as Ma Skillet & The Funky Fritters and founded by Danny Drexler (Whooz Blues, Whisky River, Catfish John) in 2003, the Funky Fritters have continued to become a mainstay on the local music scene. The "All Star" line-up reunites Drexler with fellow Whooz Blues member Jay Gracin on guitar. They are joined by Isaac-Davy Aronson on lead vocals, Robert Gingery on bass (Visible From Space w/Judd Harris American Idol Finalist, Lou Volpe, Matthew Puckett), Craig Stewart on Drums (Marvin Sease) and Dan Nachimson on Keyboards (The Healers, Sweet Georgia Brown, Carlton J Smith)
Our Horn section includes Rachel Phillups on Trumpet, Derek Kwong on Trombone and Jesee Sheehan on Tenor Sax.
Past members, friends & frequent guest performers include: Jerry Jemmott - Bass (Gregg Allman, Aretha Franklin, King Curtis, B.B.King, Wilson Pickett, Robert Flack) Bill Malchow - Keys, Brad Gilley Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Drums, Joe Abbatantuono - Drums (Groove Assault, Jessica Simpson) Sean Nowell - Tenor Saxophone, Andrew Gold Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Trombone, Travis Sullivan - Alto Saxophone (Bjorkestra) Alicia Rau - Trumpet
The main influences on the bands sound are: BB King, Gatemouth Brown, The Funky Meters, The Neville Brothers, The Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia, Dr John, Professor Longhair, Joe Cocker, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Marcia Ball, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, The Rebirth Brass Band, Jimi Hendrix, Chuck berry, Jimmy Reed, Aretha franklin, Fats Domino, Buckwheat Zydeco, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Elis Marsalis, Taj Mahal, Van Morrison, Allman Brothers, The Band, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, Otis Rush, Albert King, Freddie King, Ruth Brown, Big Time Sarah, Koko Taylor, Muddy Waters.
Chey Picardo: Vocals
Danny Drexler: Guitar
Jay Gracin: Guitar
Rachel Phillips: Trumpet
Robert Gingery: Bass
Michael Hill: Vocals
Cindy Lamar: Vocals
Eric Heilner: Keyboards
Nadav Nirenberg: Trombone
Tim Veeder: Sax
Robert Mitzner: Drums
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