Mark Lettieri & Funk Off
Funk Off and Mark Lettieri, one of Snarky Puppy’s guitarists, meet on stage. Lettieri shares four Grammy Awards with the American band for as many albums. He is also an instrumental music leader, ranging through the most different pop music genres. He has released six records under his name, the latest of which has been nominated for another Grammy. In 2018, he met The Fearless Flyers, featuring guitarist Cory Wong, bassist Joe Dart from Vulfpeck, and drummer Nate Smith (Chris Potter, Pat Metheny). He has also worked extensively with Erykah Badu and recorded with David Crosby.
There is no point in introducing Funk Off to the audience of Umbria Jazz. The band based in Tuscany has become very popular with an original and recognizable formula: to overcome the concept of a marching band in the New Orleans tradition by proposing enthralling, spectacular, modern, and engaging music.
Funk Off’s DNA includes entertainment and a solid musical culture transcending genres. Besides the jazz of the origins, their music reminds of James Brown’s R&B, Frank Zappa’s acidic polyphony of wind instruments, George Clinton’s pure funk, and the latest hip-hop trends.
Besides their “usual” marching-band formula, the Festival has also introduced them on stage, where they can always combine entertainment and good music.
- Doors | 7 pm
- Restaurant stage | 7:30 pm
- Main stage | 9 pm