Funkboy aka Ivan Bodley is bass player and music director to the stars. He has performed with 50 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, has appeared in 12 Broadway shows, and has been inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame. He can currently be seen on tour with Humble Pie.
Funkboy’s debut single “Crab Walk” is available on Color Red Music and features performances by Crispin Cioe (Uptown Horns), Moses Mo (Mother’s Finest), Kenny Soule (Dag), James Dower (Sam Moore), and Doug Hinrichs (In the Heights).
His new memoir Am I Famous Yet? Memoir of a Working-Class Rock Star is also out now.
Ivan has been music director for Sam Moore (Sam & Dave), Martha Reeves & the Vandellas, The Shirelles, The Crystals, The Tokens and has performed with Sting, Elvis Costello, The Temptations, Solomon Burke, Ben E. King, Percy Sledge, Eddie Floyd, Rufus & Carla Thomas, Bo Diddley, Buster Poindexter, Uptown Horns, Paul Rodgers, Wynonna Judd, and David Foster.
Notable appearances include Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Broadway shows: Rock of Ages, Spider-Man, Hedwig & the Angry Inch, SpongeBob, Kinky Boots, Ain’t Too Proud, Once on This Island, Fun Home, and The Prom. Performed at the Obama Inaugural Ball featured in the Barry Levinson documentary Poliwood, on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Today, Emeril Live, Imus in the Morning, Charlie Rose, Live with Regis & Kelly, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Istanbul and Israel State Symphony Orchestras.
A magna cum laude graduate of Berklee College of Music, he has traveled to 29 countries and played to audiences of up to 82,000 in settings from duos to 150-member symphony orchestras.
Originally from Chattanooga, TN, Ivan has resided in: New Orleans, Los Angeles, London, Boston, and is now based in New York City. He has a BA in Psychology from Tulane University, where he was Musical Director of college radio station WTUL, New Orleans. He was also a publicist with Epic Records/Sony Music.
More information is available at http://www.funkboy.net.
Ivan “Funkboy” Bodley uses Fender, Moxy, Warrior, and Gretsch basses, Hartke amplification, DR strings, PRA Audio wireless, and Tech 21, Digitech and Line 6 signal processors. Ivan eats only Little Debbie snack cakes.
People, Bands, and Broadway Musicals we discussed
Am I Famous Yet: Memoir of a Working Class Rock Star, Ivan Bodley
Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith
Ivan’s Podcast new segments: The Playing for a Living series.
Cyndi Lauper, American singer, songwriter, actress, activist
Gregg Allman, American singer, songwriter, member of the Allman Brothers Band, is now a solo artist
Sade, British singer, songwriter, actress
Cheap Trick, American rock band
Alice Cooper, American singer, songwriter, actor
Stanley Clarke – Jazz Bass player
The Tokens, A doo-wop style vocal group known for “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”
The Crystals, Popular 60s girl group
Sam Moore from Sam and Dave, A Soul and R&B duo
Rock of Ages Broadway Musical
Escape to Margaritaville, Jimmy Buffet Musical
Spider-Man, The Musical
The Portland Musical Company, Portland, Oregon
Ain’t Too Proud, The Temptations Musical
Motown Records, a music label founded by Berry Gordy in 1959
James Jamerson, American bass player
The Beatles, need no introduction
Documentary Standing in the Shadows of Motown (2002) about The Funk Brothers, Included with Prime Video
Marvin Gaye, American singer, songwriter who helped shape Motown
Aretha Franklin, American singer, songwriter
Jennifer Hudson – The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize 2010, Tina Faye
Sir Paul McCartney, Needs no introduction, but former Beatle, British singer, songwriter
Harrison Ford, American actor
Links to all of Ivan’s social media, books and music – funkboy.net
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