UN CUT FUNK

ROTARY Centennial PARK

SEPTEMBER 16, 2017

2:45pm - 3:45pm

A group of talented musicians from Montgomery, Alabama. Un Cut Funk consists of Dr. Kent Hill (guitar), Michael Johnson (bass guitar), Al Ashley (keyboards) and Donny Smith (drums).

 

Dr. Kent Hill, originally from Perry, Georgia, is a 1989 graduate of Howard University Dental School. He has a private dental practice in Montgomery Alabama. Though he enjoys helping people through his practice, since a child he's always had a growing love for music when he learned to play and read music as early as the 5th grade. Inspired by Funk, Jazz, R&B and the Gospel at New Hope Baptist of Perry and currently Antioch Baptist Montgomery, AL, there was no choice but to love and learn to play guitar. Tutored by Mr. Robert Morgan and Mr. John Gibbs of JG's Music Center he had to learn to do it right. Inspired by his late sister Mellena Hill, he got "hooked on funk" at 12 years old. A few guitar influences are Michael "Kidd Funkadelic" Hampton and Jimi Hendrix. Dr. Hill's musical shining moment was performing on stage with Parliament Funkadelic.

 

Bass Guitarist, Michael Johnson moved to Wetumpka, AL in 2003 from the south side of Chicago. At the age of 18 he worked as a traveling musician with the Master James Blues Band. He has also played gospel music with groups such as the Gospel Harmonettes, The Secret Four, and Tom & the Heavenly Band. Johnson's shining moment was being a drummer and a bass guitar player for the great Bobby Rush.

 

On the keys is Al Ashley "Ash", a 1985 graduate of Alabama State University, "A Marching Hornet"! Every band needs a person with a special ear for sound and Ash is that guy in Un Cut Funk. He is the Bernie Worrell that we all need, a great musician! He has played for R&B artists such as Donnie Ray and David Brinston.

 

Drummer, Donnie Smith is a Florida native who moved to Montgomery Alabama in 1991. He attended Alabama State University where he played baseball and studied business administration. Encouraged by his mother to participate, Smith began playing the drums in church as a child. Aside from playing Funk, Blues, Jazz and R&B, he is the owner of Public Figures Barbershop in which he keeps a set of drums.