The Tuscan street band has become extremely popular with their original and recognisable formula: to overcome the concept of a marching band in the New Orleans tradition by proposing exhilarating and spectacular music, modern and riveting.
This is how Funk Off have become, ever since Umbria Jazz presented them for the first time, in 2003, the darlings of the public. Think of music with echoes of James Brown and Frank Zappa, up to pure funk like that of George Clinton. The Tuscan group has been repeated practically every year, in Perugia, Orvieto and Terni, becoming a permanent attraction of the festival. The same success has also been achieved abroad, from Melbourne to New York to China.
The reason for such popularity is very simple: the group is great fun and sounds good, and their sense of spectacle, as well as their musical innovations, manages to revitalise a century-old genre like the marching band that is part of the dawn of jazz.