Prime Time Funk

150 Midvale Drive, Fairport, NY 14450 Map · Phone number
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About Prime Time Funk

It was 1996 when veteran Rochester musicians James Richmond (sax, keyboard

and vocals) and Ralph Ortiz (bass) started assembling their dream band. A funk

band, of course, and for once there would be no compromises in musicianship

or material. This would be Prime Time Funk.

One by one, they handpicked the rhythm section, starting with drummer

Dave Cohen. When they began recruiting the PTF horns, saxophonist

Vince Ercolamento was their first call.

The dream quickly became a reality, surviving the inevitable personnel changes

that occur in any band, and becoming stronger with each change. The current and longtime lineup features Andy Calabrese on keyboards, Joe Chiappone on guitar,

Ron D'Angelo and Derrick Lipp on trumpets, Michael Edwards on baritone

sax and violin, and the incomparable Ronnie Leigh on vocals.

In 2009, tragedy struck when co-founder/bassist Ralph Ortiz died suddenly from

cancer. But, as if orchestrated by Ralph himself, bassist Ron France appeared

and has allowed the PTF dream to continue.

The band is currently recording its second CD as a tribute to Ralph. PTF's

deubt CD in 2001, Ready and Willing, was co-produced by Grammy®

Award-winning producer Jeff Tyzik, Principal Pops Conductor for the

Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.

In its 14 years, Prime Time Funk has played the Lionel Hampton Jazz Club in

Paris as well as the Rochester International Jazz Festival, and has shared the stage with some of the world's most respected funk, R&B, blues and jazz acts: Earth, Wind & Fire; Medeski, Martin & Wood; The Brothers Johnson; Tom Scott;

Terrence Blanchard; The Temptations; Average White Band; Stanley Clarke;

Lenny White; Larry Carlton; John Scofield; Sherman Roberston; and Francine Reed.

Between clubs, colleges, and corporate dates, and from festivals and fundraisers to private celebrations, this premier ten-piece powerhouse is more in demand than ever. Audiences eat up the chemistry on stage, dance like theres no one watching, and appreciate that theyre hearing extraordinary musicians who truly live up to the name Prime Time Funk.

PTF News: Prime Time Funk's new CD 'Hear and Now' has just been released!

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2 Reviews for Prime Time Funk

Recommended by 96% of couples


4.8 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 4.5
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Flexibility 4.5
  • Value 5.0
  • Average response time 5.0

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    Laura · Married on 07/01/2017

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    This review is long overdue! We have no words for how amazing Prime Time Funk is and how incredibly talented they are as musicians. Our guests were absolutely blown away, as were we! We loved working with Jim to plan everything and are so grateful to the band for everything they did to make our day so incredibly special. The our guests were on their feet the whole reception and Jim was right in the middle of everything keeping the party going. Thank you for giving us the best night!

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    Megan · Married on 08/19/2006

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    Prime Time Funk is an amazing band based in upstate New York. The leader, Ronnie Leigh, is an amazing singer and really got the crowd going. My guests kept saying, "you really know how to throw a party!" and it was definitely all thanks to the band. The band learned our special-request first dance song and did very well with it, though they were less willing to learn a ton of other new songs.

    Sent on 11/15/2006

Prime Time Funk FAQ

  • What is the average price for a wedding reception during peak season?
  • What is the average price for a wedding reception during off-peak season?
  • Which of the following are included in the price? Music During Breaks, Reception Music, Sound/PA System, Travel Expenses
  • What is the price of your popular wedding package? $ 5,001.00
  • Which of the following are included in the package? Lighting, MC, Music During Breaks, Reception Music, Sound/PA System, Travel Expenses
  • Are you an agency or a band? Band
  • How many musicians are in your band(s)? 7+
  • What genres of music does (do) your band(s) play? Big Band, Funk, Jazz, Latin, Motown, Oldies, Pop, R&B / Soul, Reggae, Swing
  • What music services do you provide? Instrumentals, Ceremony Music, Cocktail Hour Music, Reception Music, Music During Breaks, Vocals, Willing to Travel
  • What items are available? Microphones, Sound/PA System

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