Just For Funk was born in 2015 with the idea of creating a cover band with the intention of sharing positive energy, playful rhythms, good mood and an irresistible desire to dance through mythical Soul Funk and acid Jazz tunes, bringing its own sound and interpretation.
With this intention, musicians from different parts of the world where rhythm and groove are characteristics elements of their cultures decided to gathered together. The result is a dynamic and powerful project capable of transporting the soul and creating a communicative energy of pleasure and good humor.
The chosen tunes allow the public to immediately connect with the band and enjoy every moment, letting themselves being carried away by the warm voice of Svenja, the powerful rhythmic section, a tremendous horn section and the heavenly solos of Jimmy Jenks on saxo, Paul Evans on trumpet, or Alex Delange on keyboard.
Just For Funk has performed at the Barcelona International Jazz Festival of 2016 and 2017, as well as at various venues such as the Harlem Jazz Club, Jamboree and the Palace Hotel (Ritz) in Barcelona.
Do not hesitate to contact us if you need a band with good energy for your event or venue.
Svenja Bavelaar, Dutch singer.
With only 6 years old she joined "The young voices of Holland". She is trained by the known Setske Mostaert, vocal teacher of Jazz at the Amsterdam conservatory and coach of many leading artists in the Netherlands. Since her arrival in 2015 in Barcelona, she has performed in venues such as Shoko, Cafe del Mar with various formations of Jazz, Funk and Soul.
Jimmy Jenks, Cuban saxophonist.
His impressive curriculum shows lots of performances on big stages around the world. His melodies danced together with Buena Vista Social Club (with talents such as Ibrahim Ferrer, Omara Portuondo, Cachaíto and Rubén González). He also performed with great artists such as Dizzie Gillespie, Pee Wee Ellis and Chucho Valdés. Currently the official saxophonist of the band "Jarabe de Palo".
Paul Evans, English trumpeter.
He started as a classical musician. From playing the first trumpet of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London, he developed into a fantastic Jazz musician. Multiplying different styles in a playful way, he shared stages with Boney M, sambeat parakeet, Mark Nightingale, Eric Delaney, Miguel Poveda, Gerardo Núñez, Carmen Cortés and many more. He is developing a solo project of chill out and dub called mOnOloOps. He recorded three own Jazz albums.
Antonio Alfonso Reynaldo, (El Yuma), Cuban Drummer.
He graduated from the National Music School of Cuba, in Havana, and has been a percussion teacher at the "Taller de Músic" in Barcelona. As a young man he performed with many groups of the new Cuban trova. Since his arrival in Barcelona, he plays in several Cuban orchestras and is leading his funky / jazz band, called Yuma & Project. Nowadays he is also working with the new group of the Catalan singer Silvia Comes, working on her songs with Lluis Llach and Luz Casal.
Norberto Farina, Brazilian bass player.
He starts working and recording with various artists such as Kiko Freitas (Joao Bosco´s drumer ) and Marcelo Fornazie (guitarist of DeFalla). Since he is living in Barcelona, he is playing with several bands; among them Wagner Pà & Brazuca, with the participation of Manu Chao, touring all over Europe. Norberto performed on famous festivals such as Popcoll in Cologne, the Jazz Festival in Montreux and Africa Wuzubur Festival.
Alexandre Delange (El Piru) Keys, French-Argentinian pianist and composer.
«El Piru» plays colorful melodies with playful rhythms and always finds an original way to combine styles and mix different sounds. Recently he changed the piano for his electric keyboard to groove with “Just For Funk" in Barcelona. He also has a project in Paris, Kimberose, whit whom he won a golden record with their first album.
Yannick Olivar, guitarist born in Morocco.
During his career he played in various bands, in styles of pop, rock, jazz and funk. He had the pleasure to work with artists such as Miko Weaver (guitarist of Prince) and recorded for Chaka Khan.