The Chronicle, the original house band for the FunkJazz Kafé Arts & Music Festival from 1994 to 2000 is back together and everybody’s excited about it.
We’re looking forward to their reunion show on July 16th during the National Black Arts Festival in Centennial Park. They band is also appearing in exclusive screening of “FunkJazz Kafé: Diary Of A Decade” on July 13th during the NBAF at the Rialto Theater leading to their performance in the park.
At FunkJazz Kafé alone they’ve performed with several soul, jazz, R&B and hip hop pioneers. As the house band, the Chronicle musically supported the likes of Erykah Badu, Cee Lo Green, Goodie Mob, Akon, Meshell Ndegeocello, Doug E. Fresh, Biz Markie, Arrested Development, Caron Wheeler, Toshi Kubota, Bone Crusher, Joi, Dionne Farris, India Arie, Corey Glover, George Howard, Too Short, Donnie, N’Dambi and Common to name a few.
Along with that, no other band jelled together and created such diverse musical territories as The Chronicle. Their amazing senses of fusion and improvisation were unparalleled.
They were able to engage and stimulate a crowd with a fusion of progressive jazz-funk and hip hop that left audiences hooked by the end of the first song. It was like a musicians master class. They were the primary band providing the soundscape for the live music movement in the 1990’s.
Much respect to (from L to R below) Billy Odum (Guitar), Phil Davis (Keyboards), Avery Johnson (Bass), Lil’ John Roberts (Drums), L Roc (Keyboards) and DJ Kemit (Turntables).
It’s going to be great to experience their musical magic again.
The Chronicle Reunion
July 16, 2001
At Centennial Park during the National Black Arts Festival
Go to NBAF.org for more information.
The Chronicle photos by Shannon McCollum
You will also see The Chronicle in the movie “FunkJazz Kafé®: DIARY OF A DECADE”
July 13th at the Rialto
Check www.funkjazzkafe.com for more info.
“FunkJazz Kafé®: DIARY OF A DECADE” [EXTENDED MOVIE TRAILER]