After almost 20 years of activity and more than 800 concerts we can say that the FUNK OFFs were not only the first Italian funky marchin 'band, but that they literally gave a new meaning to the word Marchin' Band in Italy. They have in fact linked to this meaning a type of music that combines the groove of black music with jazz arrangements, a style and an Italian melody, movements and choreography of great visual and emotional impact. In their wake, dozens of similar groups were born in Italy, but their energy, their grit, their harmony and the originality of their music, written and arranged by Dario Cecchini, founder and leader of the band, are unique and inimitable!
Born in the winter of 1998, after an intense live activity they come to the attention of the managers of Umbria Jazz. Wanted in 2003 as guests on the occasion of the Umbria Jazz thirtieth anniversary, they colored and filled Funk and Soul, Jazz and R & B with the streets of Perugia, landing on the stage of an enthusiast James Brown. Since then the band has always been present in all the other editions of the famous Perugian festival. In addition they were the official marchin 'band of the XI, XII, XIV, XV edition of Umbria Jazz Winter in Orvieto. In the edition of 2004, on January 1st, they played in the Cathedral of Orvieto during the Mass of Peace.
Dario Cecchini, musician with a career of more than twenty years in jazz (Lee Konitz, Natalie Cole, Kenny Wheeler, Eumir Deodato, M. Giammarco, S. Bollani) and pop (Eros Ramazzotti, Jovanotti, Biagio Antonacci, Giorgia, Alexia) is the Deus ex machina and founder of the band. It is present in over 30 CDs of which 8 as a leader. In his compositions, funk, odd, Latin and rock rhythms melt into pieces with structures that sometimes refer to jazz and which sometimes separate completely, without preclusions of style and sonority. With Funk Off, he analyzes and develops the concept of "band" up to extremism in all its components: harmonic, timbric, rhythmic and visual.
In these years Funk Off have collaborated, live and in studio, with Paolo Fresu, David Liebman, Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez, Stefano Bollani, Gegè Telesforo, Maurizio Giammarco, Fabrizio Bosso, Marco Tamburini, Gianluca Petrella, Antonello Salis, Bengi Benati, Crystal Whyte.
They played together with Zucchero on the stage of the Sugar Night 2000 in Forte dei Marmi and in 2002 they opened five concerts of the "The Fifth World" tour by Jovanotti.
In Europe they played in March of 2002 and 2003 at the Carnival of Patras (Greece), in August 2003 at the Aurillac Festival (France) and in September 2003 at the Sete Sois Festival Sete Luas in Castro Verde and Santa Maria da Feira (Portugal), in July 2004 at the Montreux Jazz Festival and at the International Jazz Festival in Istanbul.
In January 2004, they left for New York where they were guests of the International Association for Jazz Education and where they played with the best march bands from around the world.
In 2005, Funk Off went on a tour to Melbourne in Australia where they participated in Umbria Jazz Melbourne bringing their energy and their "fonchi" in the main jazz festival of the southern continent. In the summer of the same year they did another tour within the Sete Sois Sete Luas Festival in Spain and Portugal.
They also had great media visibility thanks to the very popular performances on the Renzo Arbore show on RAI 1, 'Speciale per Me', and the particular appearance on the Sanremo stage with Alexia during the 55th Italian Song Festival.
After a 2006 full of performances far and wide for Italy as well as the second participation at the Istanbul Jazz Festival, in 2007 the third work of Funk Off, Jazz On, published Blue Note, the famous jazz label that for the first time produces the record of a Marchin 'Band.
Their incessant and overwhelming live activity in 2008 saw them performing at the Vitoria Jazz festival in Spain, at the London Jazz Festival and at Time in Jazz in Sardinia. For the ten years of activity on June 22 of the same year they gave rise to a big celebratory party / concert in Vicchio (FI) their country of origin from which precisely "Funk Made In Vicchio". In February and December 2008 they were resident bands in two episodes of SCALO 76 on RAI2.
In 2009, in addition to having continued to travel throughout Italy have worked on the new album that came out in 2010 for My Favorite Records and is titled "A Banda So" and sees the presence of prestigious guests such as Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez, Antonello Salis, Gianluca Petrella and Fabrizio Bosso. Also in 2010 they participated in the TV show "Barbareschi Sciock" on La7 and played at the grand concert of 1 May in Rome in front of 500,000 people and live on Rai 3 and RadioRai 2. In September 2010 it was published inside the JAZZCarish series, the collection of the scores of the songs contained in their CD "Una banda così".
In June 2011 they were the only Italian group to participate in the "BMW Jazz Festival" in Sao Paulo, Brazil and in September they were guests of the TV show "Sostiene Bollani" on Rai3.
On March 31st 2012, they participated in the TV show AMICI by Maria De Filippi on Canale 5, accompanying Alessandra Amoroso's performance of a medley by Aretha Franklin conducted by Maestro Peppe Vessicchio.