John Funkhouser Sextet

Saturday - June, 29 @ 8:00pm

The John Funkhouser Sextet is a band of Musicians Without Borders. With influences as wide ranging as Woody Guthrie, Thelonious Monk, Frank Zappa, Frederic Chopin, Sun Ra, Ravi Shankar, and Abdullah Ibrahim, the Sextet "employs complex rhythms, deep soulful moments, rock and passion and sensitivity." (-Bebop Spoken Here). Each of Funkhouser's expansive compositions inhabits a unique universe, while the band seamlessly integrates composed music with improvisation into "a whirling dervish of sound and light." (Bop-n-Jazz.com) With 16 years of music making under their belts as a band and 10 CDs together, this sextet is simpatico almost to the point of telepathy, and every concert is a Joyful Noise, full of passion, empathy, depth and surprise.

Press quotes:

Each musician has technique to burn (and there are moments when they let it rip) but they're also extremely musical. The John Funkhouser Sextet is often wildly inventive and great fun to watch and listen to - they can also play with grace and sweetness." (Middletown Eye)

"One can't help but notice the assured individuality of the musicians' work, each member of the Sextet complementing the others for synergistically effective results." (Cadence Magazine)

"The styles and moods of this accomplished, often spellbinding collection range far and wide....distinctive in its extremes" (Boston Globe).

Upcoming Events

Bill Frisell *SOLD OUT*

Sunday, September 22nd

6:00 PM - 11:00 PM

THE B.L.T. (comedy!) SHOW

Tuesday, September 24th

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

JAZZ SESH (open jazz jam)

Tuesday, September 24th

9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Happy Hour with Widow’s Watch

Wednesday, September 25th

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

The Silver Threads

Wednesday, September 25th

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Irish Session

Wednesday, September 25th

9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

207-774-4111

650A Congress Street, Portland ME

Hours
Mon: 5PM-11PM
Tues: 6PM-12AM
Wed: 5PM-12AM
Thurs: 5PM-12AM
Fri & Sat: 5PM-1AM
Sun: 4PM-10PM

Blue has won Portland’s Best Jazz Venue for several years in a row and dedicates every Saturday night to Jazz at Blue.

We are a DONATION BASED venue. Please show your support to the musicians by donating to the basket by the stage. Because we don’t charge a cover and 100% of your donations go to the musicians we respectfully ask that each person make a ONE PURCHASE MINIMUM of food/beverage to help support the room. All seats are first come, first served (feel free to share a table). We do not take reservations.