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Bernie Worrell
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Few can truthfully be dubbed a legend. Master keyboardist, Bernie Worrell, can.From the tender age of three, when he began tickling the ivories, to his firstconcert performance at four and his first Concerto composition at age eight, he has been duly certified a prodigy. His studies at the New England Conservatoryof Music and Julliard School of Music endowed him with an undeniably strongclassical foundation for the supernatural experimentation that was to come.

Early in his professional life as one of the founding members of the supergroup"Parliament-Funkadelic", he wrote, recorded, performed and co-produced on thefifty-plus albums and globe-spanning tours that featured such classics as: Flashlight Atomic Dog, Knee Deep, Cosmic Slop, Red Hot Mama, Bootzilla... to name just a few of the classics. All of these songs and many more with Bernie's consummate musical licks have continued to remain popular as Bernie remains one of the most sampled musicians, period!!! Top rap and hip-hop acts such as Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Salt 'n' Pepa, Snoop Doggy Dog, En Vogue, Digital Underground, Heavy D, and De La Soul are just a few of the acts to have built hit songs around his one-of-a-kind riffs. While many performers may have been content to rest on the laurels of this incredible body of work, Bernie was continuing to flex his considerable creative and musical muscle. From collaborating on critically and commercially acclaimed music projects with artists such as The Rolling Stones, The Pre- tenders, Soul Asylum, Jody Watley, and Keith Richards to his influential con- tribution on the seminal video and album "Stop Making Sense" by Talking Heads. David Byrne cites him as "a genius" and Keith Richards noted "the rare qualities of intuition and taste, not to mention humor, all come together in Bernie Worrell".

In 1993, Bernie helped launch the CBS Orchestra with Paul Shaffer when David Letterman made his big move to CBS. Not limited to the small screen, the Wizardhas also tackled the cinema co-writing the soundtrack for the movie "Car 54,Where are You?", the cult classic that featured Fran Drescher, Rosie O'Donnell,and David Johansen. He has also written co-written songs for other films in-cluding the Ice Cube vehicle "Friday."

A testament to the popularity and longevity of Bernie's creativity can be foundin his recent selection (to be inducted in May, 1997) as one of the newestmembers of the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame. If that isn't enough, Bernie continues to be in demand as a featured performer with Bootsy's New Rubber Band featuring Bernie Worrell, Jack Bruce, T.M. Ste- vens and Out of Control, and "AZA" featuring Bernie, Will Calhoun, and Bobby Watson. Last, but certainly not least, are his solo CD's and his new supergroup project"Bernie Worrell And The WOO Warriors." His latest solo CD (NOT with the WOOWarriors), "Free Agent" is now available. He is currently taking his new bandon the road, both stateside and abroad. They have been in the studio producingthe first "Bernie Worrell & The WOO Warriors" CD. Bernie intends to continueexpanding his musical repertoire to tell the legend of The Wizard of WOO, TheWOO Warriors, WOO-pals, and the WOO-niverse. Stay tuned......

---> SOURCE: http://bernieworrell.com/bwbio.htm (1998-02-10)


In 1997, Worrell was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with Parliament/Funkadelic (Talking Heads would follow five years later). That same year, he launched his own group, Bernie Worrell and the WOO Warriors, which has performed all over the US and abroad to rave reviews. The in-concert energy of this ensemble has twice been captured on live albums: Bernie Worrell and the WOO Warriors Live (1998) and True DAT (2002). Worrell's work has also continued to surface in other places. In 1993, when David Letterman moved his program to CBS, Worrell helped launch the CBS Orchestra with Paul Shaffer. He co-wrote the score for the cult classic, Car 54, Where Are You? and other films, including the Ice Cube vehicle, Friday. In 2003, his music was featured in the NBC television mini-series, Kingpin. socialybrium_cd_200The "Wizard of WOO" continues to wear many hats as effortlessly as he mixes musical forms, performing with both Mos Def's Black Jack Johnson band and Colonel Claypool's Bucket of Bernie Brains. 2005 saw the release of Stranger: Bernie Worrell on Earth, a documentary film on the life of this master musician. And, between 2009 & 2010, Worrell assembled the musical project, SociaLybrium [link]. SociaLybrium is comprised of Bernie on Keyboards, Melvin Gibbs on Bass, Ronny Drayton on Guitar and JT Lewis on drums…….a Rock/Funk/Jazz Fusion Feast!!! In addition to other acts, Bernie co-produced, co-wrote and performed with local musician Joe Stuby & Rocking Horse (and that double CD was released in 2011). One of his newest collaborations is The Bernie Worrell Orchestra.

---> SOURCE: http://bernieworrell.com/biography (2012-04-25)
 DOCUMENTED LIVE APPEARANCES [ENTRIES:4] 
Link PFUNK 1971-09-12 Meadowbrook - Rochester , MI
Link PFUNK 1972-00-00 The Sugar Shack - Boston , MA  
Link PFUNK 1974-00-00 The Sugar Shack - Boston , MA  
Link PFUNK 1976-10-31 The Summit - Houston , TX  

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