Big Sam’s Funky Nation

Big Sam’s Funky Nation has been a driving force in urban funk. Ryan White of the Oregonian says that the band is “tight (and hot enough to turn coal into diamonds!” Big Sam Williams, the former trombonist of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band is the band’s leader. Big Sam is not one to sit still. The band’s solos, Big Sam Williams’ signature moves and trombone riffs make this band a high-voltage band. The Funky Nation has a great group of musicians that can handle the demands of their funky leader. BSFN’s Noladelic Powerfunk sound combines a rock-based sensibility with improv-style that is associated with jazz, and the horn-heavy front line that is the hallmark of big-band funk. Big Sam started playing with the Dirty Dozen when he was just 19. Big Sam was the horn section leader on the Grammy-nominated “River in Reverse”, which was critically acclaimed and nominated for a Grammy. He is also featured in the concert DVD “Hot as a Pistol Keen as a Blade”, where he performs prominently. He was a star soloist and a musical force while touring with Allen Toussaint and Elvis Costello in the Summer 2006 and Fall 2007. Big Sam has performed with Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe and Dave Matthews. He also played with Ozomatli and Widespread Panic. U2 and Green Day have also shared the stage for the emotional and energetic reopening of Superdome. Their infectious tunes and memorable live performances are a huge hit with fans all over North America, from France to Brazil to Greece to Canada. BSFN is a favourite on the festival circuit, and has made its mark on New Orleans Jazz.

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