Welcome to the official Web Site of the legendary Afro-funk Jazz group PLUNKY & ONENESS, Band leader J. PLUNKY BRANCH and N.A.M.E. BRAND/BLACK FIRE RECORDS. Scroll down for our latest news; visit the NEWS BLOGS & JOURNALS section for further information and press releases go to LINKS section to see our music videos.        ***** 


Plunky's Big Birthday Bash

An All White Affair August 3, 2018 @ Atlas 42 in Richmond, VA




Plunky & Oneness to Release Only You 4-Song Maxi Single EP 

Plunky & Oneness is releasing "Only You," a four-song EP on March 13.  While this maxi-single focuses on smooth grooves, the four tracks still showcase the variety, versatility and vibes the group has shown for more than 40 years and 25 albums.  But newness and innovation are also display on this EP as Plunky and his son, J. Fire Branch, have produced a collection of personal songs with multiple layers of beats, sounds and meanings.  (Here's the sampler video of the four songs on the EP)





 Plunky Receives Prestegious 50 For 50 Award

Saxophonist-producer J. Plunky Branch has received a prestigious 50 for 50 Arts Inspiration Award from the Virginia Commission for the Arts for excellence as an Outstanding Artist. The award was presented at the Commission’s 50th anniversary program in, January at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond. More than 300 artists, arts leaders, and award recipients attended from Virginia and across the country.  (For further info go to News Blogs & Journals page.)





Plunky's autobiography, PLUNKY: Juju Jazz Funk & Oneness 

Plunky: Juju Jazz Funk & Oneness, is an overnight success story, 50 years in the making.  It documents James Plunky Branch’s career in music and arts activism, and delivers his memoir as a straightforward recollection of anecdotes, journals, and photographs.   An early proponent of Afro-jazz and funk, Plunky, with his group Oneness of Juju with their deep rare grooves and progressive political themes, received international critical acclaim. 

Plunky: Juju Jazz Funk & Oneness is all about decades of transitions, completed circles, and momentous meetings.  It is not a standard sex, drugs and rock & roll exposé; rather it is an insider’s look behind the scenes of the independent Black jazz and soul music business and Plunky’s philosophies and methodologies that allowed him to persevere and come out on top. 

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  Late - The Documentary (the 30 minute Producer's Cut Version)

“Never Too Late” is the title of the latest CD album by saxophonist J. Plunky Branch and his critically acclaimed funk jazz group, Plunky & Oneness.  But it is also the title of the documentary film about Plunky’s 40th anniversary of performing and producing music in Richmond, VA.  Here is the 30 minute Producer's cut version of the documentary