Plunky & Oneness

Plunky & Oneness

 Richmond, Virginia, USA
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Plunky & Oneness is a dynamic group performing R&B, funk, smooth jazz, hip-hop, African and world music for festivals, concerts, club dates dances, and special events. Theirs is the sound of Kool & the Gang, Maceo Parker, George Cllinton, Jill Scott, John Coltrane and Prince

Biography

Plunky & Oneness, one of the most enduring and versatile funk, jazz, Afro-fusion groups of all time is currently booking festival, concert, and club performance dates. The group has been described as “the missing link between Pharaoh Sanders and Kool & the Gang!” Onstage, it’s like John Coltrane meets George Clinton’s P-Funk or Grover Washington with Jill Scott, a festive carnival and a party with a purpose.

Led by saxophonist J. Plunky Branch, who has been gigging and touring for over 35 years, Plunky & Oneness is a unique combination: exotic smooth grooves, sax, vocals, African percussion, and electronics. This, along with the group’s infectious energy, moves audiences of all ages to celebrate, dance and shout.

Over the years Plunky has produced and released 25 albums of original funk soul, avant-garde jazz, fusion, gospel and African music. His latest releases are, Cold Heat, a new CD album featuring his funk jazz singing, playing and songwriting in collaboration with VA hip-hop producers Setworkrz and Danja Mowf; and Plunky & Oneness of Juju - Live In Paris DVD and double CD.

Plunky & Oneness has performed at numerous festivals, including: three times at the National Black Arts Festival, Atlanta, Georgia; twice at the Hampton Jazz Festival in Virginia; and at the World’s Fair in New Orleans. The group has toured in Africa and Europe, with headline performances at London and Paris. (Plunky & Oneness of Juju toured in the French Riviera in March, 2006. and plan to return to Europe in November, 2007) They have opened concerts for some of the biggest names in Black music, including: Earth Wind & Fire, Patti LaBelle, B. B. King, Ray Charles, Frankie Beverly & Maze, Sun Ra, The Isley Brothers and Roy Ayers. In addition to their performances at the National Museum of African Art in Washington, DC; the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, VA and at Alice Tully Hall at the Lincoln Center in New York, Plunky & Oneness enjoys the intimacy and loyalty of smaller venues in their native Mid-Atlantic region.

For booking information, contact: J. Plunky Branch, 804-355-3586
Email: plunkyb@aol.com; website: www.plunkyone.com

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Saxophonist J. Plunky Branch is an experienced performer, songwriter and producer, and is president of N.A.M.E. Brand Records, through which he has released 18 albums. At one time Plunky was a studio musician for television's top-rated sitcom, "The Cosby Show. His song “Every Way But Loose” was a top-ten soul music chart hit in London. He has appeared on avant-garde jazz albums by Pharaoh Sanders, Hamiett Bluitt and others. Nowadays Plunky spends his time leading his bandmates onstage playing rousing funk, R&B, jazz, African, reggae and rap and making music in his recording studio.

Plunky’s European tours have taken him to England, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. He twice toured Ghana, West Africa, once for the Ghana National Commission on Children, and again as a cultural specialist for the U.S. Information Agency. During the last 18 months he has performed in England, explored music business opportunities in France and Japan and traveled to Brazil and to Cuba twice to research and produce music recordings.
With his group, Plunky & Oneness, he has opened shows for Patti Labelle, Ray Charles, Najee, Yellow Jackets, and Frankie Beverly & Maze and more. Plunky & Oneness performed at the New Orleans World’s Fair, the National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta (four times) and twice at the Hampton Jazz Festival in his native Virginia. For more than 10 years Plunky has toured continually with support from the Virginia Commission for the Arts (VCA).

Plunky’s career accomplishments are as varied as his music and his diverse interests, which include: African art and culture, history, digital technology, politics and the media. In addition to being a veteran saxophonist and composer, J. Plunky Branch has served as an administrator, lecturer and teacher. He has been a frequent arts panelist for the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Plunky is a two-time recipient of the NEA Jazz Fellowship and he was appointed to the Governor’s Task Force for the Promotion of the Arts in Virginia. He has been Director of the Jazz Ensemble at Virginia Union University as well as an instructor of Afro-American Music History at Virginia Commonwealth University, both in Richmond.

Recognized by Richmond Magazine as Musician of the Year for 1999, Plunky is a sought after artist-in-residence and performer for public schools systems. He has written film scripts, journals of his travels, poems and over 200 songs.

Throughout his career Plunky has entertained and taught thousands, and in the process, has developed a broad and loyal following. During his 1987 West African tour, critics proclaimed Plunky "one of the greatest living saxophonist!" In a context where

Lyrics

Funk U Up

Written By: J. Plunky Branch

We Want To Funk You Up

We want to funk you up/ funk you very much
We want to funk you up/ Want you all funked up
We want to funk you up/ Make you shake your butt
We want to funk you up/ till you say funk you very much

This groove is timeless/ it’s both old and new
It ain’t for everyone/ in fact it’s just for you
We came to start it/ and take you over the top
We came to party/ and we ain’t gonna stop
Plunky’s funk can hit you high or low
Open up your mind and feel the flow
We’re on a mission / here’s what we came to do
We came to turn it out / we came to funk with you
We are X-rated and way beyond X-treme
Now if you’re ready/ let me hear you scream

We want to funk you up/ funk you very much
We want to funk you up/ Want you all funked up
We want to funk you up/ Make you shake your butt
We want to funk you up/ till you say funk you very much

We do this everywhere from Brazil to Baltimore
We can funk together on a slow boat to Singapore
We’ve come from too far to turn back around
We’ve come together so we might as well get on down

We want to funk you up/ Make you shake your butt
We want to funk you up/ Want you to feel it in your guts
We want to funk you up/ Funk you till you’re nuts
We want to funk you up/ Make you say funk you very much

We make this music / it’s some funky stuff
I know you can feel it / cause it’s funky to the touch
Reach up to the ceiling/ bend over touch the floor
This is like having / musical intercourse

We want to funk you up/ funk you very much
We want to funk you up/ Want you all funked up
We want to funk you up/ Make you shake your butt
We want to funk you up/ till you say funk you very much
We want to funk you up/ Make you shake your butt
We want to funk you up/ Want you to feel it in your guts
We want to funk you up/ Funk you till you’re nuts
We want to funk you up/ Make you say funk you very much

Just Know That I Love You

Written By: J. Plunky Branch

Just Know That I Love You

Sometimes we’re in different places
When my travels keep me away
We’re separated by open spaces
But I’m thinking of you night and day
I don’t want you to miss me
Cause I don’t want you to feel any pain
Just remember how you kiss me
Until I come again

Chorus:
Just know that I love you
Just know that I care
Just know that I love you
And wherever you are my love is there

Whenever you’re longing to see me
Your consolation is I feel the same
I want to be there for you
Whenever you call my name
Don’t you ever wonder
Or worry about our thing
You mean so much to me
You’re the reason why I sing

Chorus:

No, I’m not there as I sing this
And I know that you wish I were
I always want to be with you
From January to December
We’ve got pictures and love songs
And we’ve got all our memories
We’ve got love and our future together
To fulfill new fantasies

Chorus:

Does Everybody Do It Like That

Written By: J. Plunky Branch

Does everybody do like that/ Does everybody do like we do
Does everybody do like that/ Does everybody make it unique and new
Does everybody do like that/ Does everybody do like we do
Does everybody do like that/ Does everybody make each other feel brand new
Does everybody do like that/ Does anybody else have a clue
Does everybody do like that/ Or is it just me and you

When we come together/ and we’re moving all around
It’s like a funkin’ earthquake/ shaking our bodies down to the ground
We make the whole house tremble/ from the floor up to the rafters
And we keep on getting it on/ until the morning after
(or don’t call 9-1-1/ this sure ain’t no disaster)

It’s like thunder and lightning every time we get together
Every time is better than the last/ and that was the best time ever
We’re so in our groove/ we go and come at the same time
We’re so on the one/ we come and flow with the same mind

I want to take a survey/ by a show of hands
If you and your crew (Boo) should be in movies so the world could understand
Why you scream so loud when you’re grooving and you can’t wait to do it some mo’
Make some noise if you know what I’m talking ‘bout / if you’re feeling it, say YO

Grooving high and on a roll / Everybody should be so bold
Shot calling big balling/ rising and never falling

Does everybody do it like we do / If they don’t I think it’s tragic
Does everybody do it like that / Supernatural black magic
Does everybody do it like that / Smooth funky and nasty
Does everybody do it like we do/ tripping the light fantastic

We’re fabulous just being us/ doing what we must
We’re super-bad and we know it / so we might well show it
Or are we the only ones / who really have such (this much) fun
Who kick it to the top non-stop / doing the cosmic slop
Does everybody do it like that /Does everybody feel it like that / Does everybody live it like that

Discography

J. Plunky Branch Discography
CD Album Releases:
Plunky - Plunky On Fire
Plunky & Oneness – 2012 Collectors Box Set (5-CD Compilation)
Plunky - Cold Heat
Plunky & Oneness - Forever In A Moment
Oneness of Juju - African Rhythms 1970-1982
Plunky & Oneness - Got to Move Something
Plunky & Oneness - Saxy Mellow Moments
Plunky & Oneness - Got to be Phunky
Plunky & Oneness - I Can’t Hold Back
Plunky & Oneness - Groove Tones
Plunky - The Oneness of Funk
Plunky - One World One Music
Plunky - Move Into the Light
Plunky - Tropical Chill
Plunky & Oneness of Juju - Every Way But Loose
Oneness of Juju - Space Jungle Luv
Oneness of Juju - African Rhythms
Oneness of Juju - Bush Brothers & Space Rangers
Plunky & Oneness of Juju - Electric Juju Nation
Juju - Chapter Two: Nia
Juju - A Message From Mozambique
Juju - Live at 131 Prince Street
J. Plunky Branch - Solo Journey Between Dimensions
J. Plunky Branch - Instrumental Praise
J. Plunky Branch - Spiritual Sounds Within My Soul
Shadiah & Plunky - Music Medicine for the Soul
Plunky – Christmas Spirit Instrumentally Yours

DVD Releases:
Plunky & Oneness - Drop Video Collection
Plunky & Oneness of Juju - Live In Paris
Plunky Branch - Under The Radar - A Survey of Afro-Cuban Music

Other recordings with Plunky:
Ndikho & The Natives
Asante
Shadiah Ivy Hylton
Ife
Ghanaian High Life
Ghanaian Gospel

Set List

Our typical set contains original funk and jazz interspersed with R&B covers. Our sets are 60 - 75 minutes. We are comfortable performing a set of smooth jazz for listening followed by a funky R&B set for dancing.