Bloomington, IL | Funky violin jazz to elevate the mood of your everyday groove!

phatfunk | Bloomington, IL


Several venues have experienced the funk/jazz sounds of Da Phatfunk Clique. In September of 1998, violinist Darrell “D-Funk” Looney began collaborating with several musicians on what would be the first release in 1999, Pandemic Love. The sound is unique as the violin is the lead instrument. Da Phatfunk Clique was formed as a band by January of 2000, utilizing local talent in support of the album release. Out of this effort came development of a unique sound, both jazzy and funky, that has been described as an amalgamation of jazz from Mahavishnu Orchestra and funk ambience of George Clinton's P-Funk. True to form, these are among the group's influences as are artists such as Jean Luc Ponty, Herbie Hancock, George Duke and Noel Pointer. The band has become redirected as a musical concept, developing the live vibe as various musicians add their creative influence to the flow. The current release entitled “Phat Jazz” builds upon the concept of funky jazz to elevate the mood. Darrell “D-Funk” Looney takes the vibe to the next level with 11 new all original tracks. Collaborating with several fine musicians including jazz luminary Bob Baldwin who brings his own brand of funky jazziness on the track “For Sake Of The Art”. This is a serious vibe to experience!