Fusion Jonez

Fusion Jonez

You cannot get much more up-and-coming than a band of insanely talented high school musicians. Fusion Jonez, as the name implies, specializes in jazz-funk fusion in the vein of bands like Lettuce, Tower of Power, Snarky Puppy, and Moon Hooch. The band consists of Charleston County School of the Arts students Walker King (guitar), Tanner Kirk (alto sax), Jalin Williams (tenor sax), Asher DiBernardo (drums), McCormick Emge (piano), and SoA alum Greg Heyward (bass) — all of whom have at one time or another played in SoA's jazz ensemble under the direction of Basil Kerr. "He introduced us to the world of jazz, and from that point we were all hooked," says Walker King. "What we've learned while in the jazz band has truly impacted us and given us the drive and dedication to pursue our music."

Fusion Jonez is currently working on their first studio album titled Slight of Hand and has been collaborating with Return to Zero Records' Todd Brown on the project. The band promises a "hard-hitting album" above all else. On top of putting in studio time, the band has a full slate of shows for the remainder of 2017 including the Coastal Carolina Fair (Nov. 4), The Pour House's HEARTStock (Nov. 11), and the Blackwater Bridge Jam (Nov. 18). Though the band does make a point of not letting their blossoming career as a Charleston band get in the way of their schoolwork. King says, "As a unit we are all musicians but we each have individual education goals, and school is still very important to us." —Alex Peeples

Genre: Funk Fusion

Band Members:

Walker King (Guitar)
Jeremy Holenko (Bass)
Greg Heyward (Bass)
McCormick Emge (Keys/Synth)
Jalin Williams (Tenor Sax)
Tanner Kirk (Alto Sax)
Asher DiBernardo (Drums)
Chris Barnwell (Drums/Percussion)