Horn-heavy funk and soul from three incredible bands.
Playing "audio gumbo” made up of funk, jazz and hip-hop mixed with brass band traditions and spiced up with African and other world rhythms, Underground Horns return to 92YTribeca with their signature sound. All About Jazz called their 2009 debut record, Funk Monk, "kick-ass dance music...that brushes up against psychedelia…with shots of funky brass juice." In 2010, they recorded their second album, Big Beat, which was reviewed by Ken Waxman in The New York City Jazz Record, calling them "an unapologetic party band with brains...with tonal inflections from the Big Easy, central Africa, the Maghreb and the Baltic states." Underground Horns performed at the 2011 NYC Winter Jazz Festival and internationally in Egypt and Germany. Here in New York, they have made people dance in subway stations, parks and at their numerous club dates at Nublu, Barbes and BAM Cafe, among others. They also have been playing as a marching band, namely at the spectacular NYC Village Halloween Parade.
Zongo Junction is generating a well-deserved buzz in NYC's burgeoning afrobeat scene. The ensemble blends West African rhythms with funk, jazz and soul. True to their inspiration, Nigerian superstar, political activist and afrobeat pioneer Fela Anikulapo Kuti, the outfit excites dance floors wherever they perform. The critics agree. "The only thing Zongo Junction has to do to start a legitimate dance party is show up and plug in. Anyone within a square block earshot of this Ford-tough funk factory would be hard pressed not to join in the hoopla," says the Bay Area's SF Station. "Sheer energy, with a brawny horn section that played unison lines with the force of a tractor-trailer and a rhythm section that roared with power and noise," says The Village Voice.
PitchBlak Brass Band will capture your body and make you move! PitchBlak draws upon its many members' musical backgrounds and infuses their hip-hop driven music with funk, jazz, rock and classical music. The result is a sound rich with luscious brass harmonies, intense with thoughtful raps, and energetic with grooving rhythms.