About Socket

SOCKET: Deep Pocket Jazz/Funk Junk

The electric flow of SOCKET's Hammond organ-powered instrumental groove music is is charged with alternating currents of funk and jazz, grounded with a filthy smudge of East Bay grease. Based in Oakland, CA, SOCKET's has been a fixture at Bay Area's worthiest groove venues for almost a decade.

SOCKET's key influences include Herbie Hancock's Headhunters, James Brown, Medeski Martin and Wood, Fela Kuti, and Charlie Hunter. The band's patented "jazz funk junk" sound also includes elements of latin, afrobeat, samba, second line, and hard rock.

SOCKET's core members include Taylor Heanue (organ), Matt Heulitt (guitar), and Terry Branam (drums). Check out the bios for more details.

The band was founded by Taylor Heanue in 2002 and SOCKET released of their eponymous debut album in 2007. The album features and was produced by former guitarist, Cal Reichenbach. Nathan Endsley appears on sax and flute, with a guest appearance by Dave Ellis, famed saxophonist of the original Charlie Hunter Trio.

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