T.J. Franklin
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Where are you located?
Kirkland Washington
What is your affiliation to the Jazz World?
Musical Artist
Tell us a little about your background...
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.
How did you hear about the Jazz Network? Please give full name of contact
Muse You's myspace page
What Instrument do you play?
Vocalist, Bass, Guitar
What is your website address? Only websites that pertain to your business and how you can be contacted.
http://www.hunkafunk.com

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.

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At 3:58pm on July 26, 2010, 3days said…
Tim
It was really great talking with you last week ...
Also thanks for showing me this site its awesome ... please check out my page when
you get some time... Tell Michele I said Hi....

Jared
At 7:59pm on June 26, 2009, T.J. Franklin said…
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!
At 1:47am on December 14, 2008, Robert said…
Hi!
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.
Best regards,
Robert
At 1:48pm on September 15, 2008, Airborne said…

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At 9:20pm on March 2, 2008, billy hall said…
welcome to the family..you are going to love it here...lot,s of love here...
At 8:38pm on March 2, 2008, T.J. Franklin said…
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.

Love and infinite Peace,
T.J. Franklin
At 7:58pm on March 2, 2008, exe*Cute* said…
Hello TJ ....
Hope You have had a Lot of Fun with us --- as we have Great Talent, and Sounds at this very Special 24/7- J@zzClub !!
.... thanking You for sharing your Great Sounds with us !

You surely are a Real Asset here !!

Would be a Great Honour to be Your Friend ...
Regards;
xdrd
...........
Also would be a real Pleasure to Invite You to share our Luv of J@zz ~ with the Great Sounds at The J@zz Network Listening Room here --->
http://thejazznetwork.ning.com/group/thejzznetworklisteningroom
Happy Listening;
xdrd
 
 
 

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