Trombonist and singer Joseph 'Mr Defunkt' Bowie is best known as the leader of Defunkt, a punk-funk-jazz band founded in 1978 in New York City. He teamed up November 20, 2013 for a 'Pro Jazz' Concert in the Hague, with Amsterdam trumpeter Saskia Laroo, also called 'Lady Miles Davis of Europe'.
Since then Laroo and Bowie have been together on the scene playing in clubs and on festivals like Paradiso, Sugarfactory and the Amsterdam Dance Event.


With her band, the Saskia Laroo Band, Bowie performs new arrangements of his repertoire.

line up

Besides Laroo on trumpet with Bowie on vocals and trombone this project's line up further features the American singer and pianist Warren Byrd on keyboard plus a rhythm section of drums and bass, now also expanded with guitar.

concert review

Greasy funk show with Joseph Bowie ( Defunkt ) and Saskia Laroo. ProJazz evening at the Horse Cafe, the Hague, the Netherlands. November 22, 2013 © Jan Peter Hartman. Translated from Dutch

The American funk legend and trombonist Joseph ( Joe ) Bowie , known from the band Defunkt, was Wednesday, November 20 , together with the Dutch trumpeter Saskia Laroo on stage at the Horse Cafe. Warren Byrd (keyboards , USA ), Daniel Gueli (bass , Italy ) and Sin Banovic (drums , Croatia ) made ​​the line up complete. The expectations were high, but to come straight to the point: those expectations were exceeded in crushing fashion. more | in Dutch | source 


About Defunkt

Bowie's 'Defunkt 'was the first band that mixed popular music with other, more extreme musical genres. Thus they played from the beginning at jazz festivals as well as in rock venues. They were also pioneers in experimenting with rap.

about joseph bowie

Joseph, a brother of the avant-garde jazz trumpeter Lester Bowie and saxophonist Byron Bowie, at first learned to play piano and congas, but later moved on to the trombone. As a boy he performed with the famous bluesman Albert King. Bowie has lived since 2003 in the Netherlands, where he among others worked with Hans & Candy Dulfer.

About the Saskia Laroo Band

The Saskia Laroo Band, an international touring band features a multi-national cast of musicians, playing original compositions from Saskia's albums. Their music is a combination of jazz, pop, world and dance music, consisting of stylesdriving rhythms, powerful rap, and intense solos; an improvised mix of today ‘s electric and acoustic groove music with respect to tradition. 

about Saskia Laroo

 Saskia Laroo, hailed by American public and press at large as "Lady Miles of Europe", is one of the few women trumpet stylists, blowing for more than three decades.