I am a singer songwriter, bassist, guitar player and aspiring jazz musician. I live in the Seattle area (Kirkland) Washington state. I am searching for people to play with that have the same desire as I do, to play paying gigs, or benefits...just play! I strive to be a nice person, and I love others with the same aspiration.
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YES WE CAN! About T.J.'s Band HunkaFunk: HunkaFunk was formed in 1998 by Tim and Michele Franklin. We were formed in Friday Harbor, mainly with Michele and Tim and local Friday Harbor musicians. In the Summer of 1998 HunkaFunk played at "Herb's Tavern" for the cast and crew of the movie "Practical Magic". In the audience were; Nicole Kidman, Sandra Bullock, Aidan Quinn, Stockard Channing, Goran Visnjic, Matthew MacCaunaghy, to name just a few. After the gig, HunkaFunk was asked to play the "wrap" party but had to decline because they were already booked on that date at the China Pearl across the street and have been playing steady gigs there for years! Thanks Charles Thomas and Tori Patterson! HunkaFunk played regular gigs for nine years at: The China Pearl, Herbs Tavern, The Legion hall, Electric Company, Lopez Islander resort, And a 6 year stint at Roche Harbor Resort (Madrona room). In 2002 we recorded our first EP (Don't Hide it, Divide it) at Paradise Sound Recording in Index, Washington (Thanks Pat Sample!), and Duck Soup Studios in Friday Harbor (Produced/mixed/mastered by David RedBuffalo). And, Thank you! from the bottom of our Hearts-George Hiss (wherever you are, we Love you!). In 2003 Kent Kiefer (Owner of Grammercy Records)joined the Band as our Guitar player. We played as a contestant in KISM Bellingham's "Bandslam 2003" and received Radio play of (4) of our songs. One of the highlights of that Summer was travelling to a gig on Lopez Island, aboard Kent Kiefer's Yacht "The Norwester", which was owned by John Wayne at one time, and had signatures in the Captains Log of: Bette Davis, Orson welles, etc. What an incredible Weekend we had. It was at that moment in time that we most felt like "Rock Stars". In 2003 Michele was diagnosed with breast cancer, and required chemotherapy, and radiation, so Tim and Michele moved to Kirkland Washington. We have been recording rough cuts of over (50) original tunes, and travelling to the San Juans to do select gigs. Michele recovered from her breast cancer (and lost a breast), and afterward, was diagnosed with a Thymoma, and has had several thorasic surgeries to be cancer free, during her last surgery, she lost the use of one lung, and one vocal chord. Michele sings only backup, for now, but is working hard to Strengthen her Lungs, and Voice, and bustin' her ass, to become a drummer. Michele's drumming is featured in all of our live shows! In 2007, HunkaFunk entered a song in the "2007 Write a Bleepin' Song" contest. The contest was promoted by 102.5 KZOK (Seattle's Classic Rock Station) on the Bob Rivers Show. The song "Never Lose Your Thunder" made it through the screening of 600+ songs, and was played on the Show as one of the first round contestants. HunkaFunk is available for gigs in the Seattle area and beyond if necessary. CLUB OWNERS IN THE SEATTLE AREA - DO YOU WANT A FULL DANCE FLOOR? THEN CALL HUNKAFUNK @ 425 827-6939. We extend our Love to the following revolving members of HunkaFunk we've had the pleasure to work with: Peter McCarthy-Sax, Guitar, Vox/ Caleb Stifel-Drums/ Teddy Deane-Sax, Flute/ Michael Hughes-Drums-Rest in Peace our Brother!/ Chris Guinn-percussion (and Jammin' w/ his Bro.)/ David RedBuffalo-Rippin guitar and production/ Andy Liedke-Drums, background vox/ Tony Carpenter-Bass (when Tim plays guitar gigs)/, And lest we forget, our beloved Conga player Gary "The Greek" Antzoulatos (A.K.A. "Turtle Man"), and a host of others we've jammed with, Love and infinite Peace. Subscribe FreeAdd to my Page
I eliminated all the pictures of Bill Franklin. Turns out, he tells me in an email that we are not blood (he is not my father). Here I am 52, and now finally a bastard...eh, so it goes.
I am happy to announce that my band HunkaFunk is reformed, with Dennis Martinez on bass, Larry Quetola on drums, Me, (T.J. Franklin) on guitar and vocals. And we are looking for a keyboard player. We are rehearsing all original funky, jazzy tunes to play in the Seattle area....SOON!
I checked out your page in the Jazz Network. Nice playing! When you get a moment please check out my free guitar lesson page at: http://www.bluesandjazzguitar.blogspot.com/ pass it on to friends, students and anyone who likes jazz guitar. I’m trying to promote jazz and blues guitar.
To my new Friends... My name is Tim T.J. Franklin, I have several original Music projects going on right now (in between work, and sleep). we (my Wife Michele and I) have a Funk band called HunkaFunk, and a project of some Friends of mine (Norman Murray and Hiedi Fish), called "Rock da Fish", as well as my continuing stream of creations with my Brother Chris Guinn, called Skunkbelly, pure improvisational jams. I had a Band called Soundwave in the 90s, and have included Music from all those projects, and more on this site. Please enjoy, and share, and God willing, I will continue to create.
Jaijai, what a wonderful mission you've undertaken to create such a place for artistic minds to meet and share their hearts. A place to renew faded determinations, and revive lessened momentums. A place to display our wares and reconfirm to one another that we actually are on the right track.
I commend you, Jaijai, for caring so much that you created this castle of the heart for all of us. I want to share my praise for all of the new friends as well as old friends that I've met and will meet here in our castle. Here we can garnish the where-with-all, the strength, the conviction, and the selflessness through our symbiosis, to share our gift to the world with an unbiased agenda.
My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."
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