Actual Proof

Actual Proof


A unique jazz-fusion/funk quartet that uses mallet percussion (vibes/marimba), demonstrates expert musicianship and puts on memorable performances. The group is inspired by artists such as Herbie Hancock, Galactic, Martin, Medeski, and Wood, Gary Burton, and John Scoffield.


Actual Proof's music is oriented around the groove. The group is influenced by Funk, Jazz-Fusion, Afro-Cuban, and West-African traditions--traditions that all have produced infectious music. Actual Proof's sound is rooted in the tones of the vibraphone, marimba, drums, funk bass, electric guitar, samples, and electronic percussion. The group presents high-energy performances that showcase high-level musicianship and the ability to get crowds moving. Actual proof is currently regularly performing in the Charlotte NC area and is developing connections with venues throughout the southeast. The group released their debut CD in July of 2009 and is promoting it on the airwaves and in venues in the South-East.

Eric Mullis plays vibes, marimba, and percussion. He has been playing music for 20 years and plays jazz drums regularly in the Charlotte NC area. He performed at the Festival Eclats d'Email in Limoges France in 2006 and 2007. His influences include Joe Locke, Milt Jackson, Lionel Hampton, Herbie Hancock, and Gary Burton. He currently teaches philosophy full time at Queens University of Charlotte. Eric will be releasing a CD of original compositions ("Traditions") in the Spring of 2009.

Phillip W. Berkley has been playing bass for over 20 years. His bass grooves are the root of Actual Proof's sound. He performs regularly in the Charlotte area and his influences include Stanley Clark, Bootsy Collins, Louis Johnson, Aaron Mills, and Mark Adams.

Scott Brower began playing drums at an early age and went on to earn a degree in music from East Carolina University. His influences include Dave Weckl, Steve Smith, and Omar Hakim.

Clint Presely began playing guitar at an early age, has studied at the Atlanta Institute of Music, and performed at the 2006 and 2007 Limoges Jazz Festival (Festival Eclats d'Email). He is currently regularly performing in the Charlotte area and is influenced by the music of Chic Corea, Mike Stern, Joe Satriani, Eric Johnson, and Miles Davis. He is the owner of Music Quarters, a music lesson studio located in Charlotte.

Bryan Osborne is a diverse musician who is classically trained but performs a wide range of genres including salsa, theatre, jazz, gospel, and more. He has toured with several groups in his home state of Indiana and held the Principal Trumpet position at the Wagon Wheel Theatre for four years. He is influenced by Freddie Hubbard, Clifford Brown, Miles Davis, and Arturo Sandoval.


The group released a full-length CD of original music "Paradigm Shift" in July of 2009. It is available on CDBaby, iTunes, Amazon.Com, LimeWire, and AimeeStreet.
Tracks from Paradigm Shift are currently being played on WNCW (Asheville NC), WEND (Charlotte NC), WUSC (Columbia SC), and 98.1TheRiver (Asheville NC).

Set List

We do a mix of originals and covers but put more emphasis on performing original music. Set length depends on the venue. In bar-restaurant setting we will play three one-hour sets. In a concert setting, we will play two one-hour sets. We're always flexible.

A sampling of tunes includes:

Taboo- Actual Proof
Eric is Jive- Actual Proof
Harvey- Actual Proof
The Ride- Actual Proof
Mongo- Actual Proof
The Ion- Actual Proof
Level it Out- Actual Proof
Jaundiced- Actual Proof
Island- Actual Proof
Future Time- Actual Proof
Spectra- Actual Proof
Looking After Life on Mars- Mazurek
Cantelopue Island- Herbie Hancock
Watermelon Man- Herbie Hancock
Butterfly- Herbie Hancock
Hidden Shadows- Herbie Hancock
Cool Nights- Pat Metheney
Night Groove- Pat Metheney
JB Groove- John Scoffield
Senor Blues- Horace Silver