Friday, September 27, & Saturday, September 28, 2019
In the fifth grade Kimble saw Louis Armstrong play trumpet on TV. After playing Armstrong opened his arms as if to embrace the world and did that laugh that he was famous for. “I knew then that I wanted to play the trumpet and emulate the joy, passion and spirit that he shared the world over” as stated by Kimble. This was the beginning of Kimble’s journey into the world of music.
Kimble grew up in Crystal Springs, MS, the old stomping ground of the great Robert Johnson. While attending college Kimble had the opportunity to perform with Lionel Hampton and other music greats. Bitten by the music bug, by his senior year Kimble was playing the trumpet part with the Johnnie Taylor Orchestra. This led to other opportunities and work relationships formed out on the road.
Funchess is a veteran and versatile trumpeter whose enthusiasm for music has led to a professional career as a performing artist and music educator. Kimble has performed with some of the nation’s greatest artists such as Mavis Staples, the O’Jays, Paul Overstreet and Wilson Pickett. B.B. King, Pine Top Perkins and David “Fathead” Newman are just a few of the blues greats with whom Kimble has performed. Kimble Funchess has been featured on many Blues and Gospel recordings and is very appreciative of the wealth of opportunities that have been afforded him. Kimble says “it is truly a blessing to have the opportunity to live a life through music”.
B.B. King’s Blues Band welcomes Kimble Funchess.