"Rock of Ages" over to the Broad Way. Photo by Monica Simoes.
Ivan “Funkboy” Bodley is a bass player and music director for the stars. He has performed with 50 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees and in 12 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.
Ivan may currently be seen on tour with Humble Pie.
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, Ivan has traveled to 29 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. Ivan is a New York Blues Hall of Fame inductee.
Ivan “Funkboy” Bodley uses Fender, Moxy, Gretsch & Warrior basses, Hartke amplification, DR Neon strings, PRA Audio wireless, and Tech 21, Digitech & Line 6 signal processors. Ivan eats only Little Debbie snack cakes.
Sam Moore 80th birthday, live in Japan.
Ms. Martha Reeves
Ms. Shirley Alston Reeves
Jay Siegel (The Tokens)
"Am I Famous Yet?"
Click the image above to see more recently unearthed shots from my previous life in the music biz.
goes in-depth with Funkboy.
Loving my new GRETSCH Electromatic short-scale bass, used recently on a gig with Jay & the Americans.
Humble Pie live 2019 North American Tour just completed. Your pal, Ivan, on Fender bass!
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!
The Quarantine Sessions
Click here to watch serialized chapters from my memoir.