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The Flat 5

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The Flat 5 is fat with funk
by Ryan Williams

Bloomington 's The Flat 5 draw in many different elements under one groove. They blend jazz, soul, R&B and funk together to achieve their unique sound.

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The Flat 5 are not particularly flat, and those with a little background in music probably take their name as an indicator that the players have studied up on their music theory. For the lay listener, though, it's easier to focus on the groove than the terminology. This group's mélange of music comes from several different sources, all danceable. Bassist Kevin Simonelic calls The Flat 5's music "funky soul with jazz influences, as well as R&B." In fact, guitarist Tom Atwood can only recall one gig where the blend didn't go over well. It was a "private party for some people that wanted to hear southern rock."

The group's lineup is a formidable one, consisting of Simonelic, Tom Atwood (guitar), Tom Emmons (keys), Brandon Williams (drums), Jackie Coleman (trumpet), Quincy Sanders (alto saxophone), Jerrell Smith (tenor saxophone), Morgan Price (baritone saxophone), Jeff Franca (percussion), and Tanya Riggs (vocals). This sizable troupe hails from Bloomington , although Simonelic says it's sometimes hard to play around the homestead. He sees a challenge in "getting venues to take a chance on bands that music other than rock and roll covers." He adds that "people seem open to different styles of music in Indianapolis."

While the band lines up more shows in and around the area, Simonelic says they're looking at other projects as well. "We are working on many originals and going to the studio soon. We are planning to release an album sometime during the summer." Atwood says he's also busy "writing music for my group and personal home recording."

Although the group takes in many influences, from Miles Davis and Stanley Clarke to Bob Dylan, they've got an even more historical view on their music. Their website draws parallels from the birth of jazz in New Orleans bordellos to today, where the group " continues this legacy of collaboration between disparate corners of the popular music scene, all under the aegis of jazz." It's an ambitious goal, but The Flat 5 have plenty of sources for inspiration.

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-- Ryan Williams



The Flat 5 has been featured on the following LPs:
The Live from Bloomington Album 2005
The Melody Inn 70th Anniversary Album
The Flat 5 Debut Album entitled "This Vibe" (to be released June 2005)


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The Flat 5 have emerged onto the live music scene as one of the most versatile bands in the Midwest, covering multiple musical genres such as Soul, RnB, Funk, Jazz, Fusion, Neo-Soul, Disco, Reggae, Blues, and Hip-Hop. With a catalog of over 500 songs ranging from modern hits to well-known classics as well as accommodating song requests and soulful originals, The Flat 5 add the perfect touch to any event. In addition to fitting well into nightclubs, bars, and restaurants, the Flat 5 transform weddings, parties, bar mitzvahs, and other social gatherings into unforgettable memories. The Flat 5’s seamless amalgamation of jazz, funk, soul, and rock make every stage come alive and leaves the audience in a state of musical euphoria. The Flat 5 will continue to be a first choice among clients searching for a versatile, high-quality, and professional band to suit any occasion.