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Photo by Monica Simoes

"Rock of Ages" over to the Broad Way. Photo by Monica Simoes.

Funkboy aka Ivan Bodley is a bass player and music director for the stars.  He has performed with 55 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees and in 15 Broadway Shows. Music director for Sam Moore (Sam & Dave), Martha Reeves & the Vandellas, The Shirelles. 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. More info on the Credits page.

Funkboy's latest music is out now on Color Red. He may also be seen on tour with Humble Pie Legacy.

Appearances: Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, “Rock of Ages,” “Spider-Man,” “Hedwig & the Angry Inch,” "SpongeBob," "Ain't Too Proud," "Once on This Island," "The Donna Summer Musical," “Kinky Boots,” "Escape to Margaritaville," "Fun Home," "The Prom," and "Amazing Grace" on Broadway, Conan O’Brien, Craig Ferguson, Today Show, Emeril Live, and Regis & Kelly.

A magna cum laude graduate of the Berklee College of Music, Funkboy has traveled to 31 countries, played to audiences of up to 82,000 people in jazz duos on up to 150-member symphony orchestras, and has authored several instructional books. He is a New York Blues Hall of Fame inductee.

Funkboy uses Fender, Moxy, Gretsch & Warrior basses, Hartke amplification, DR Neon strings, PRA Audio wireless, and Tech 21Digitech & Line 6 signal processors.  Ivan eats only Little Debbie snack cakes.

Humble Pie Sizzle Reel

Testimonials From:

Ms. Martha Reeves 

Ms. Shirley Alston Reeves

(The Shirelles)

Jay Siegel (The Tokens)

Bowzer (Sha-Na-Na)


My Podcast

"Am I Famous Yet?"

Practice, practice, practice....

Carnegie Hall

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Click here to get your copy of my memoir!

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Sam Moore &

Sting on PBS.

Check the story here.

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Vintage Photos!

Click the image above to see more recently unearthed shots from my previous life in the music biz.

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New Interview!

The Working Musician

goes in-depth with Funkboy.


Proud to announce my new artist page at HARTKE! Hartke is powering the Humble Pie tour.


Loving my new GRETSCH Electromatic short-scale bass, used recently on a gig with Jay & the Americans.

30 years ago I got to take a couple of bass lessons from my mentor and friend, Stanley Clarke. This piece of manuscript paper written in the master's hand was one of my homework assignments. I managed to hold onto it all of these years. When I bought my first house recently with the money I made playing bass I asked Stanley to sign it, hence the "I told you so!" I framed it and hung it in the house. Thanks, Stanley. You were right!

New Music!
on Funkboy Records

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