– Drummer Thierry Choinard met with bass player Laurent Schaffter in Los Angeles, in 1995, which led them to play as a combo in different Soul Funk...Read Biography
Drummer Thierry Choinard met with bass player Laurent Schaffter in Los Angeles, in 1995, which led them to play as a combo in different Soul Funk and R&B projects.
Bertrand Gallaz joined the combo in 1998 in Switzerland to found their first project, Fool Groove, focused on playing The Meters’ repertoire, in local festivals and venues.
Bertrand was already an established and recognized guitar player of the local scene - and to some extend international scene - especially in Jazz and Funk. He had already several CDs out featuring well-known artists such as Jean-Paul Bourelly or Ronald Shannon Jackson (Decoding Society, Cecil Taylor, Ornette Coleman, Albert Ayler).
In 2008, the three musicians decided to create their own music. PHAT STRUT was founded. Meanwhile organist / keyboardist Guiseppe Germano joined the band and a first repertoire of pure instrumental Funk was born. The band recorded its first CD in 2011 and started to play festivals and venues around the French part of Switzerland.
The guys knew they wanted to add some great soulful and funky lead vocals at some points.
Since 2008, PHAT STRUT has been collaborating with several gifted soulful artists with captivating voices and strong energy.
LZ LOVE, who was already an established and accomplished artist, songwriter and lead vocalist (Mary Wells, James Brown, Michael Franti, Jennifer Lopez) on the Gospel, Soul, Funk and R&B scenes, joined the band in 2012 as featured lead singer, lyricist and amazing performer.
AZANIA NOAH joined PHAT STRUT late 2019, as a featured artist. AZANIA is an accomplished, famous, award-winning multi-cultural solo artist with impressive voice and performance abilities.
Her vocals abilities, powerful energy and positive charisma make her a phenomenal performer to see on stage. Azania has prestigious performance credit, including Blue Note Jazz Club and the legendary Apollo in New York City. She was also featured on the famous TV show The Voice in France (TF1 TV) seen by over 8 million viewers internationally. Azania latest album RISING contains several groovy soul and funky tracks inspired by the 70’s vibe.
PHAT STRUT has released 4 CDs, including one recorded live in Austin, TX.
All studio recordings were recorded live, meaning all instruments were recorded together at the same time with no over-dubs or re-recording what so ever. Each track is a lively authentic capture of the band moment, in the same way The Meters recorded their music. All organic and live.
Since PHAT STRUT started, the band had the great honor to receive appreciation from people everywhere it performed as well as from some established and legend Funk or Jazz artists such as Pee Wee Ellis, Leo Nocentelli (The Meters) and Shane Theriot.
We look forward to playing our music for more and more people and provide a great time to everyone.
Phat Strut can be contacted at info @ phatstrut.com
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