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FunkTete to jazz up the Legion

FunkTete to jazz up the Legion

nobile chFunkTete plays the Gibsons Legion, Saturday, April 29. You’re forgiven if you don’t know that local luminaries Karen Graves (sax, flute, vocals), Budge Schachte (guitar, bass), Anna Lumiere (keyboards, vocals) and Regan Haydu (drums) are the Coast’s newest jazzy funk quartet (hence the name FunkTete). Their gig at the Legion is only their second. “FunkTete plays greasy funk, reggae, Latin jazz and jump blues,” says band leader Graves. Schachte, whom many will know as a member of gypsy jazz band Van Django, has known Graves for over 20 years. “We had a steady house gig [at the Boathouse in Horseshoe Bay] playing a jazz brunch every Sunday,” says Schachte.

Schachte started playing guitar when he was eight or nine years old. “I was born with it, actually,” he jokes. “I was very focused,” he says of le


FunkTete says its intention is to get people dancing at the Gibsons Legion April 29. From the left, Regan Haydu, Anna Lumiere, Karen Graves and Budge Schachte. Photo submitted

arning to play. He moved to the Sunshine Coast with his family when he was in his early teens and by Grade 8, he’d started playing in local bands. “I was so into music, I would jam with everyone I could find up here,” says Schachte. At 15, he was playing “with the old guys” in a band called Up The Creek which included Rick Scott who went on to Pied Pumkin. Schachte himself went on to a successful career, playing with many great performers including Jesse Zubot, Ache Brazil, and Jennifer Scott, just to name a few. He’s also appeared on numerous soundtracks and even composed the soundtrack to the film Love and Other Dilemmas. With such a wide-ranging career, Schachte has played venues around the world, playing music of all types, but the style he enjoys the most is the one that lets him be creative. “I prefer music that has an improvisational component to it,” he says. “That could be jazz, rock, pop—any kind of music where you’re not locked into playing the exact same thing every time.”

After being based in Vancouver and away from the Coast for over 30 years, Schachte re-settled on the Coast with his family about three years ago and now looks for opportunities to play locally. That’s part of the appeal of playing with FunkTete. “It’s fun music,” says Schachte. “And I love playing with those guys.” In addition to playing their jazz funk repertoire, FunkTete will also be playing tunes by James Brown, Charlie Hunter, Herbie Hancock and Jaco Pastorius. “Our intent is to get people dancing,” says Schachte of FunkTete’s upcoming gig. “I think we’re going to have some fun.”

FunkTete plays the Gibsons Legion Saturday, April 29 at 8pm. Tickets at the door. $5 for members. $10 non-

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