"... these cats are cutting their own groove, shaking the walls and earning their place among the torchbearers of New Orleans funk."   Marc Stone - 90.7 WWOZ & Offbeat 

Built upon the funky foundation of New Orleans, Soul Project NOLA bring their own voices to the mix of Funk, Blues, Gospel, Jazz, and Groove that the Crescent City continually produces. Bandleader, guitarist and vocalist Jon Cristian Duque, protege of the late great Walter “Wolfman” Washington, has led the band for over two decades. The core rhythm section of Duque, Maureau and Joseph is a tight and funky unit that provides the infectious grooves and precision arrangements for which the band is known.  Augmented by some of the best musicians in the city, the band has toured coast to coast in the United States and has traveled as far as Northern Europe to play clubs and festivals.

The Soul Project NOLA

Jon Cristian Duque


Born in Chuquicamata, Chile and raised on the Jersey Shore, Jon Cristian Duque has called New Orleans home since moving there on New Years Day 2000. A veteran of the Frenchmen St scene and protege of the legendary Walter "Wolfman" Washington, he has made it his mission to add to and continue the traditions learned from being a member of Walter's band, The Roadmasters, and through the many iterations of his own band The Soul Project.  

Since arriving in town he has performed and/or shared stages with the likes of Leo Nocentelli, Irma Thomas, Ivan Neville, The Dirty Dozen, Mem Shannon, Deacon John, Jon Cleary, Russel Batiste, SeraBee, The Ricci Krown Trio, and Jack Daley (Lenny Kravitz/Spin Doctors/Stevie VanZandt) among others.

Wanda Joseph


New Orleans native and recent Grammy recipient, Wanda Joseph puts the true local roots in The Soul Project FUAS. Unlike most other children’s memories of their musical indoctrination, Joseph saw the real-deal New Orleans soul being created first hand as the daughter of drummer Vernell “Joe Gunn” Joseph. 
She grew up watching her father play with the royalty of New Orleans’ soul in their heyday—Irma Thomas, Ernie K-Doe and Tommy Ridgly, among others.  
    Her own inspirations came from “everything from the ‘70s,” she says, with ‘70s and ’80s funk becoming her top favorites. 

Mikey B3 Burkart


A seasoned veteran of the New Orleans music scene, Burkart fuses the wide variety of his musical experiences into a unique, percussive keyboard style.  He incorporates tasteful effects to seamlessly merge the sounds of Hammond B3, Fender Rhodes, piano, synth, and clavinet into the band’s music.

Besides leading his own band, Mikey B3 has performed with members of the Radiators, Papa Mali, Tony Hall, The Wild Tchoupitoulas, and Sam Price, among many others.