Ivan "Funkboy" Bodley is bass player and musical director to the stars. He has performed with 35 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees and counting. He has been musical director for Sam Moore, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, The Shirelles, The Crystals, The Tokens and has performed with Sting, Elvis Costello, Temptations, Solomon Burke, Ben E. King, Percy Sledge, Eddie Floyd, Rufus & Carla Thomas, Bo Diddley, Buster Poindexter, Uptown Horns, Paul Rodgers, Wynonna Judd, and David Foster.   Bodley’s appearances include: Carnegie Hall (featured soloist with the Rock Concerto), Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize (with Cracked Ice led by Crispin Cioe), ‘Rock of Ages’ on Broadway, Obama Inaugural Ball featured in the Barry Levinson documentary “Poliwood,” Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Today Show, Emeril Live, Imus in the Morning, Charlie Rose, Live with Regis & Kelly, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Istanbul State Symphony and Israel Symphony Orchestras.  

Bodley is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of the Berklee College of Music. He has traveled to 27 countries around the world and played to audiences of up to 82,000 people in performance settings ranging from jazz duos to 150-member symphony orchestras.

Ivan Bodley was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame as a Master Blues Artist on December 4, 2011.


© December 2011
Photos: Susan O'Kane