Andrea Jill Greenleigh – Examiner The Washington, D.C. Metropolitan music scene has many versatile musicians, but none quite as multifaceted as trombonist Greg Boyer. Boyer began playing in the seventh grade after seeing two friends, Geoff Davis and Rusty McKeown, playing trombone. He knew he could do the same. Borrowing Davis’ trombone one night (and without Davis’ knowledge), Boyer taught himself to play. After continuing to secretly borrow instruments from the school, he eventually learned how to play every instrument in the band. “I would take [the instruments] back to school before band started,” he said. “No one ever knew!” … Continue reading Chuck Brown Trombonist Greg Boyer Talks Go-Go, Funk and Fried Chicken Swing [Examiner]
Original P-Funk Guitarist vocalist and Rock n’ Roll Hall of Famer Garry “Diaper Man” AKA “Starchild” Shider, best known as the musical director of George Clinton’s Parliament and Funkadelic bands, passed away of cancer yesterday, just a little over one month shy of his 57th birthday. Like many funk pioneers of the ’70s, Shider got his start by playing in church. As a teenager, he sang and performed in support of the Mighty Clouds Of Joy, Shirley Caesar, and other prominent gospel artists. Years later, singing far-out funk with Parliament, that gospel spirit was still evident in his vocal performances. … Continue reading Legendary Parliament/Funkadelic Guitarist Garry Shider Dies at 56?