Tiza Brown: Lead Vocals
Laurent Schafter: Bass, arrangements
Bertrand Gallaz: Guitar, compositions
Thierry Choinard: Drums, arrangements
Giuseppe Germano: Hammond B3 Organ
The union between the groovy and very high quality music of PHAT STRUT together with the beautiful and powerful black voice of the funky “big mama” Tiza Brown, gives life to one of the absolutely best funky jazz bands in the panorama of emerging musical projects.
Drummer Thierry Choinard met with bass player Laurent Schaffter in Los Angeles, in 1995, which led them to play as a combo in different Soul Funk and R&B projects.
Bertrand Gallaz joined the combo in 1998 in Switzerland to found their first project, Fool Groove, focused on playing The Meters’ repertoire, in local festivals and venues. Bertrand was already an established and recognized guitar player of the local scene – and to some extend international scene – especially in Jazz and Funk. He had already several albums out featuring well-known artists such as Jean-Paul Bourelly or Ronald Shannon Jackson (Decoding Society, Cecil Taylor, Ornette Coleman, Albert Ayler).
In 2008, the three musicians decided to create their own music. PHAT STRUT was founded. Meanwhile organist / keyboardist Giuseppe Germano joined the band and a first repertoire of pure instrumental Funk was born.
The band recorded its first album in 2011 and started to play festivals and venues around the French part of Switzerland. The guys knew they wanted to add some great soulful and funky lead vocals at some points.
Since 2008, PHAT STRUT has been collaborating with several gifted soulful artists such as LZ LOVE from the USA or from Switzerland, lead vocalists who always had soulful captivating voices and strong energy. LZ LOVE participated in the writing of several lyrics, toured with the band in the United States and is featured on two albums.
Tiza Brown joined PHAT STRUT early 2020 as lead singer. Tiza is an American singer, reputed for having frequented some of the best musical scenes in Switzerland and the neighboring countries during her years in Europe. From Jazz to Gospel, Soul and Funk, Tiza has a warm and powerful voice. She has performed with Phil Collins, Phil Perry or saxophonist Gerald Albright and assured opening act for artists such as James Brown, Maceo Parker, Candy Dulfer, Erykah Badu.
PHAT STRUT has released 4 albums, including one recorded live in Austin, TX. Several singles and the latest album « Funky Confessions » are available on all main digital platforms for download or streaming. All studio recordings were recorded live, meaning all instruments were recorded together at the same time with no over-dubs or re-recording what so ever. Each track is a lively authentic capture of the band moment, in the same way The Meters recorded their music. All organic and live.
PHAT STRUT received appreciation and personal direct support from Leo Nocentelli (The Meters), Pee Wee Ellis (James Brown, JB’s) and Shane Theriot.
We look forward to playing our music for more and more people and provide a great time to everyone.