Funk At The San Jose Jazz Festival
The San Jose Jazz Festival kicked off Friday with one of the funkiest band of the 70s & 80s, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic. The weather was just right not to hot or cold, it was perfect setting for a night of Funk.
P-Funk came out smashing just like the old days, getting the crowd hyped, there were people of all ages dancing to “Up for the Down Stroke”, “(Not
Just) Knee Deep”, “One Nation Under a Groove”, “P-Funk (Wants to Get Funked Up)”. There was something missing it was the Diaperman Mr. Garry “Starchild” Shider passed away June 16, 2010 from complication of brain and lung cancer. His vocals and guitar playing were especially missed on “One Nation Under a Groove”. When they announced give it up for George Clinton the crowd went wild, P-Funk went into “Flash Light” everybody was dancing and singing. It sure was a sight to see.
George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic brought back so many memories one in particular was my senior year 1978, my friend went home to New York.
When she came back she brought back music we had never heard of “Flash Light” by Parliament Funkadelic. At school “Flash Light” was played over the loud speaker during break and lunch They were playing “Flash Light”
on the East Coast way before we heard it on the West Coast. The East Coast was always ahead of California in music and style back then.
I know that it was supposed to be San Jose Jazz Festival, but hearing P-Funk with there funky, rock and jazzy instrumentals. I guess you can say all this music started with jazz, without jazz we wouldn’t have George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic.