"When I use my pedals on my saxophone I'm not necessarily trying to sound like a horn section. One of my bands (Funky Dawgz Brass Band) is a horn section and the other (Sophistafunk) lends itself to the sound of a single horn better. I like to enhance my sound primarily during solos. I really like the sound of the envelope filter on the saxophone so thats usually my go to. Ill often double that with my harmonizer pedal set to an octave below to give a fat wah synth funk sound. I like to engage the pedals at different points in my solos so as Im building the solo musically I'm also adding different effects and transitioning into different sounds where appropriate. I try not to over use effects during a show because I feel that can ruin the value of having them. There are also plenty of times where I will play with no effects at all because I don't want my natural tone to be hidden. Ill use my delay and reverb pedals on more "open" sounding songs to make a solo seem much bigger and more epic and spacey sounding."
Tommy Weeks is a saxophonist from Connecticut. His projects are the Syracuse NY based hip hop/funk outfit Sophistafunk as well as the northeasts' premier brass band the Funky Dawgz. He has played on stages all over the world from Spain to New Orleans to Madison Square Garden.
He has been playing saxophone since he was 11 years old and graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. While his roots are in Connecticut, Tommy has traveled the globe and shared the stage with countless artists such as Dispatch, Trombone Shorty, the Regiment Horns, Lettuce, Vulfpeck, Kung Fu, Chadwick Stokes, Pete Francis, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, the Grammy award winning Rebirth Brass Band, Soul Rebels Brass Band, Glen David Andrews, and Big Sams Funky Nation, just to name a few. Tommy is also a big music education ambassador; he and the Funky Dawgz have created their own after school brass band program for underprivileged children in Hartford CT who want to further themselves in the arts. He frequently visits schools to work with their jazz bands, and with students individually in private lessons. Tommy is endorsed by Theo Wanne Mouthpieces.
- Pigtronix Keymaster
- TC Electronics Flashback Delay
- TC Electronics Hall Of Fame Reverb
- EHX Pitchfork Harmonizer
- EHX Micro Q-Tron Envelope Filter