N.A.M.E. Brand Records
2218 Rosewood Avenue
Richmond, VA 23220
WORLD CLASS SAXOPHONIST PERFORMER * PRODUCER * LECTURER WITH OVER 20 YEARS EXPERIENCE
ORIGINAL/ URBAN CONTEMPORARY/ JAZZ/ AFRICAN/ REGGAE/ HIP-HOP
MUSIC PRESENTATIONS FOR ALL OCCASIONS
CONCERTS * EDUCATIONAL LECTURE-DEMONSTRATIONS * DANCES * CLUB DATES * FESTIVALS * CONFERENCES * DINNERS/RECEPTIONS * RECORDING SESSIONS * TELEVISION * FILMS * JINGLES
PREVIOUS TOURING SUPPORTED BY: VIRGINIA COMMISSION FOR THE ARTS * NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS * MID-ATLANTIC ARTS FOUNDATION * VIRGINIA MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS * GHANA NATIONAL COMMISSION ON CHILDREN
PAST PRESENTERS INCLUDE OVER 75 COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES OVER 200 SCHOOLS NUMEROUS FESTIVALS, CONCERTS, HOTELS & RESORTS
THE HAMPTON JAZZ FESTIVAL * THE NEW ORLEANS WORLD'S FAIR * THE HOMESTEAD RESORT (HOT SPRINGS, VA) * THE RITZ-CARLTON HOTEL (NAPLES, FL) * VIRGINIA HIGHLANDS FESTIVAL * NATIONAL BLACK ARTS FESTIVALS (ATLANTA, GA) * HOWARD UNIVERSITY * UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA * VIRGINIA UNION UNIVERSITY * BLUES ALLEY CLUB (WASHINGTON, DC) * WJZE-FM WASHINGTON * THE U.S. PARK SERVICE * MT. ALOYSIUS COLLEGE (PA) * JUST JAZZ CLUB (ATLANTA) * THE CHRYSLER MUSEUM * CENTRAL INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETIC ASS. * STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK BINGHAMTON * CORNELL UNIVERSITY * PITNEY BOWES * ASSOCIATION OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS MANAGERS * KAPPA ALPHA PSI BALLS * AND MANY MANY MORE....
ALSO AVAILABLE: SPECIAL MUSICAL EVENTS & PROGRAMS FEATURING PLUNKY WITH EXTRAORDINARY GUEST ARTISTS:
ASANTE - Ghanaian master percussionist with PLUNKY as a duo, with PLUNKY & ONENESS or with THE AFRICAN CONNECTION (ONENESS plus ASANTE and other African musicians)
JAZZ MASTERS - PLUNKY & ONENESS with special guest soloists, i.e. Hamiet Bluiett, Sonny Fortune, David Murray, Micheal Carvin, Rashied Ali, Jackie McLean, etc.
CONTACT: N.A.M.E. BRAND RECORDS, P.O. BOX 26034, RICHMOND, VA 23260 (804) 355-3586 FAX (804) 355-7240
J. Plunky Branch is a world class saxophonist and a fantastic musician who is extremely versatile, performing jazz, R&B, African, funky dance music, reggae and rap. Plunky is equally dynamic and entertaining in concert, festivals, night clubs and in schools and colleges for concert-lectures and workshops. He is available for engagements with his seven piece group, Plunky & Oneness, with his J. Plunky Branch Quartet and as a soloist.
Plunky is an outstanding performer, band leader, composer, record producer and lecturer. He has toured extensively, making concert and club appearances in Washington, DC, New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Atlanta, San Francisco, throughout the Southeast and in Ghana and Nigeria, West Africa. Plunky has opened shows for some of the biggest names in black music, including Ray Charles, Patti LaBelle, the Pointer Sisters, Frankie Beverly & Maze, the Isley Brothers, Najee and Dexter Gordon. His sax work was featured in the scene setting music of "The Cosby Show" and his groups have been featured at the Hampton Jazz Festival the National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta and the New Orleans Worlds Fair.
Plunky is a two time recipient of Jazz Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and he has received tour support from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation. He has lectured at numerous schools, colleges, universities and other institutions on a wide range of music related topics.
Plunky & Oneness perform an impressive mixture of the entire spectrum of African-American music: from funky pop & hip-hop to avante-garde new music; from traditional African to contemporary jazz. In his performances, Plunky features many of his own original compositions, jazz standards, as well as hit songs popularized by such stars as Luther Vandross, Janet Jackson, Heavy D, Puff Daddy, Digable Planets and Arrested Development.
Plunky's concerts and lectures-seminars involve and enthrall audiences of all ages and have drawn rave reviews from music lovers, critics, and educators alike.
Fees to presenters range from $1,500 - $4,000, depending on number of performers, technical requirements, tour routing, block bookings, etc. Presenter must provide stage, sound and lighting systems and accommodations.
"The talent-laden group moved non-stop through African rhythms, jazz and reggae literally without skipping a beat." - Clark Bustard, Richmond Times-Dispatch
"It is rare, if ever, that my students have had the opportunity to experience musicians of your caliber, who are also talented teachers." Joseph R. Harden, Elementary School Principal
Contact: N.A.M.E. BRAND RECORDS, J. PLUNKY BRANCH, P.O. Box 26034, Richmond, VA 23260, (804) 355-3586 or FAX (804) 355-7240