Blue Moon Talent, Inc.
Rochester, NY - Funk Band
Between clubs, colleges, and corporate dates, and from festivals and fundraisers to private celebrations, Prime Time Funk Band is more in demand than ever. Between clubs, colleges, and corporate dates, and from festivals and fundraisers to private celebrations, this premier ten-piece powerhouse is more in demand than ever.
Rochester, NY

Prime Time Funk Band

Rochester, NY - Funk Band

Rochester, NY

Between clubs, colleges, and corporate dates, and from festivals and fundraisers to private celebrations, Prime Time Funk Band is more in demand than ever. Between clubs, colleges, and corporate dates, and from festivals and fundraisers to private celebrations, this premier ten-piece powerhouse is more in demand than ever.

It was 1996 when veteran Rochester, NY musicians James Richmond (sax, keyboard and vocals) and Ralph Ortiz (bass) started assembling their dream band. A funk band, of course, and for once there would be no compromises in musicianship or material. This would be Prime Time Funk Band. The dream quickly became a reality, surviving the inevitable personnel changes that occur in any band, and becoming stronger with each change.

The current and longtime lineup features Andy Calabrese on keyboards, Joe Chiappone on guitar, Ron D'Angelo and Derrick Lipp on trumpets, Michael Edwards on baritone sax and violin, and the incomparable Ronnie Leigh on vocals. In its 14 years, Prime Time Funk Band has played the Lionel Hampton Jazz Club in Paris as well as the Rochester International Jazz Festival, and has shared the stage with some of the world's most respected funk, R&B, blues and jazz acts: Earth, Wind & Fire; Medeski, Martin & Wood; The Brothers Johnson; Tom Scott; Terrence Blanchard; The Temptations; Average White Band; Stanley Clarke; Lenny White; Larry Carlton; John Scofield; Sherman Roberston; and Francine Reed.

"Prime Time Funk Band is an amazing band based in upstate New York. The leader, Ronnie Leigh, is an amazing singer and really got the crowd going. My guests kept saying, "you really know how to throw a party!" and it was definitely all thanks to the band. The band learned our special-request first dance song and did very well with it, though they were less willing to learn a ton of other new songs."
--Megan, Wedding Wire Review

"We would like to thank you for the wonderful performance of Dance Band DB135 at our daughter’s wedding. Everyone was most professional and superb. Your playing was universally appreciated by everyone in attendance. Each member of the band contributed to his fullest. We appreciated your learning “our” song (“In My Life” by The Beatles) for the wedding. You have an extensive repertoire of tunes and were so good about playing our favorites. We had so many we could have stayed another few hours for you to play them all!! To anyone who asks us, we recommend Prime Time Funk Band with our greatest appreciation. Thank you for helping to make our daughter’s wedding so successful"
--Gwen K. Sterns MD and Richard H. Sterns MD , Genesee Valley Club, Rochester, NY 

"Both Lynn and I would like to extend our warmest "thank you" to you, Ronnie and all the other members ofPrime Time Funk Band.  Everything from that day seems like a blur, but the sound of Prime Time Funk Band still resonates in my head.  We had many people from Manhattan, London, and the West Coast.... all raved about the band, the vocals, the sound etc.   Megan's theme for the wedding was to show case upstate NY for the "world" to see.   Prime Time Funk Band was a significant part of that "perfect day." Again, Thank you." 
--Don and Lynn Fredericks, The Aurora Inn, Aurora, NY  

"Prime Time Funk Band is a terrific party and event band.  They are dependable, creative and very importantly they are a pleasure to work with.  At our daughter's wedding reception the dance floor was packed the entire evening.  This band is gooooood!!"    
--Dan and Linda Carp, Oak Hill Country Club, Rochester, NY 

"Prime Time Funk Band was wonderful to work with.  I could not have been happier. The band sounded just great. People said over and over that Prime Time Funk Band was amazing. Elaine at the Butler House said they were the best band that had ever played there. Prime Time Funk Band was integral to making our wedding such a huge success. If we ever have another event in the Buffalo area we’ll use you!"
--Bronwen Cowan, Butler House, Buffalo, NY

Lets Stay Together - Al Green

Girl From Ipanema - Antonio Carlos Jobim

Once I Loved - Antonio Carlos Jobim

Triste - Antonio Carlos Jobim

Pick Up The Pieces - Average White Band

Let The Good Times Roll - B.B King

And I Love Her - The Beatles

Eleanor Rigby - The Beatles

In My Life - The Beatles

I Saw Her Standing There - The Beatles

Stand By Me - Bill Withers

Aint No Sunshine - Bill Withers

Just the Two of Us - Bill Withers

One Love - Bob Marley 

I Shot the Sherrif - Bob Marley/Eric Clapton

What You Wont Do For Love - Bobby Caldwell

Mercy, Mercy, Mercy - Cannonball Adderly

Brick House - Commodores

Love The One Youre With - Crosby, Stills, & Nash

Dont Get Around Much Anymore - Duke Ellington

Satin Doll - Duke Ellington

Take The A Train - Duke Ellington

After The Love Has Gone - Earth, Wind & Fire

Fantasy - Earth, Wind & Fire

September - Earth, Wind & Fire

Thats The Way Of The World - Earth, Wind & Fire

Frankenstein - Edgar Winter Group

Misty - Erroll Garner 

Summer Wind - Frank Sinatra

The Way You Look Tonight - Frank Sinatra

You Dont Know What Love Is - Frank Sinatra

Breezin' - George Benson

On Broadway - George Benson

Comin Home - Herbie Mann

Chicken - Jaco Pastorius

Come On, Come Over - Jaco Pastorius

Soul Intro - Jaco Pastorius

Cold Sweat - James Brown

Get Up (Sex Machine) - James Brown

I Feel Good - James Brown

Blue Bossa - Joe Henderson

Viva Da Funk - Joe Sample

Bye Bye Blackbird - Joe Williams

I Can See Clearly Now - Johnny Nash

Baby What You Want Me To Do - Lou Rawls

Kansas City - Lou Rawls

What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong

I Heard It Thru The Grapevine - Marvin Gaye

What's Goin' On? - Marvin Gaye

Unforgettable - Nat King Cole

Fiesta De La Noche - Prime Time Funk 

Hopelessly In Love - Prime Time Funk  

Never Make Your Move Too Soon - Prime Time Funk 

One Life To Live - Prime Time Funk  

Ready And Willing - Prime Time Funk  

When You're Hot, You're Hot - Prime Time Funk 

Use Me - PTF/Bill Withers

Piece Of My Heart - PTF/Janis Joplin 

Love Will Find a Way - PTF/Lionel Richie

Hallelujah I Love Her So - Ray Charles

Help The Poor - Robben Ford

Talk To Your Daughter - Robben Ford

Feel Like Makin Love - Roberta Flack

When Something Is Wrong - Sam & Dave

You Send Me - Sam Cooke

The Way You Do The Things You Do - Smokey Robinson 

Peg - Steely Dan 

Just Wanna Have Some Fun - Steve Winwood

Higher Ground - Stevie Wonder

I Wish - Stevie Wonder

Isn't She Lovely - Stevie Wonder

Masterblaster (Jammin) - Stevie Wonder

Signed, Sealed, Delivered - Stevie Wonder

Superstition - Stevie Wonder

Under The Boardwalk - The Drifters

Ill Be Around - The Spinners

Aint Too Proud To Beg - The Temptations

My Girl - The Temptations

Night Creatures - Tom Scott

All of Me - Tony Bennett

All The Things You Are - Tony Bennett

Georgy Porgy - Toto

A Little Knowledge - Tower of Power

Come On With It - Tower of Power

What Is Hip? - Tower of Power

Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison

Midnight Hour - Wilson Pickett

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