For over 25 years, the Canadian jazz-funk-fusion band, The Shuffle Demons have been entertaining fans around the world. The band’s high energy out-of-the-ordinary live show bills them as jazz, folk and world music festival mainstays and has taken them on 15 cross-Canada and European tours, as well as through Asia, India and Australia. Now, the Shuffle Demons return with their first album of new material in close to 20 years - ClusterFunk - an explosion of musical fusion that is keeping fans shaking to the funky jazz rhythms they’ve become accustomed to over the band’s extraordinary career.
With 8 albums to their credit, and winners of 5 CASBY Awards for their JUNO nominated debut album Streetniks - the record that spawned the hit “Spadina Bus” - the Shuffle Demons are household names on the Canadian festival circuit. ClusterFunk features 12 new original songs (7 vocal and 5 instrumental). Bassist George Koller and drummer Stich Wynston lay down a solid groove for saxophonists Richard Underhill, Perry White and Kelly Jefferson. The result alternates between serious jazz and groovy funk played by seasoned professionals at the top of their game.
In 1995, the Shuffle Demons took a break to explore other musical ventures. Richard Underhill released his JUNO winning debut jazz album in 2003. He has recently been nominated for the prestigious 2012 Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. George Koller became an accomplished producer and composer, and spent time touring with Holly Cole. Stich joined Big Sugar in 1995 and then embarked on a career in jazz playing with Holly Cole and Molly Johnson, among others. Perry and Kelly continued their careers in jazz as first call studio and touring musicians. Kelly also picked up a JUNO nod in 2011. In 2004, the Shuffle Demons reunited for their first tour in close to 10 years to celebrate the release of their Greatest Hits record. That year the band also attained the Guinness World Record for most sax players playing a song at one time. This goal was accomplished with the “Hockey Night In Canada” theme, played by 930 sax players in Toronto’s Dundas Square.