“Kal Bergendahl is the guy with the top notch smooth-jazzy, soulful, R&B funkalicious band.”
Paddy Fineran, Kenosha News
"...cinematically evocative instrumentals glossy enough to please fusion aficionados and possessed of sufficient technical command to merit respect from mainstream jazzbos." "There are hooks aplenty.”
Jamie Lee Rake, Shepherd Express
"Great sound, I like the compositions."
Ernie Adams-drummer (Ramsey Lewis, Dizzy Gillespie & Joe Zawinul)
"This CD is terrific." John Nickelsen, 91.1FM WGTD
"...spicy grooves and ensnaring solos." "Kal Bergendahl Project execute cohesion, fun, passion, and excellence all in one..."
Ben Slowey, Breaking and Entering Milwaukee
“Their unique sound, clear and energetic, yet soulful, could be likened to a combination of David Sanborn and Norah Jones…” Patte Geary, The Sun, Suburban Chicago News
The Kal Bergendahl Project (KBP) is a six-piece instrumental jazz-funk band. The vibrant unit features some of SE Wisconsin’s most familiar jazz faces displaying extraordinary musicianship and technical precision.
Blending free-flowing funk and memorable melodies; the ensemble is driven by a stellar horn section.
Groove and melodic hooks are weaved in their deeply focused musical landscape of Jazz-Funk, R&B and Soul.
“Melody, melody, melody.” says composer and bandleader Bergendahl. “For me in my writing and in the music I enjoy, I’m always focusing on the melody. Ultimately that’s what sticks in the listeners ear and what makes a tune memorable. Being a bass player, I love the groove but I try to always make it serve the melody.”
The group has performed throughout the local region since 2005 being showcased at many outdoor festivals, concert halls, and benefits.
Some notable performances include:
Chicago: Gallagher Way @ Wrigley Field, Music on the Esplanade @ CHI Botanic Gardens
Madison: Jazz at Five, Jazz in the Park
Milwaukee: Jazz in the Park, Summer Soulstice, Bastille Days, Bayview Jazz Fest, Lakefront Fest of Art, Chill on the Hill, Skyline Music Series, Square Tunes, Community Vibes, Washington Park Wednesdays, Music under Glass @ Mitchell Park Domes
Racine: Jeans Jazz Series, Party on the Pavement, Music on the Monument
Sheboygan: Craft Beer Fest
Plymouth: Jazz Crawl for the Arts
Fond Du Lac: Fondue Fest
Janesville: Music at the Marv
West Bend: Music on Main, Museum of Wisconsin Art
Kenosha: UW Parkside, Carthage College, Twilight Jazz, Tuesdays at the Shell, Lincoln Park Live
Appleton: Gibson Music Hall
Lake Geneva: Concerts in the Park, Lake Geneva Jazz Fest