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Nov. 23 NuJazz Fest Hypnotic Brass Ensemble w/ Heavyweights @ Opera House

Toronto Nujazz Festival 2012 - Toronto Nujazz Festival 2012 presents...

Friday, November 23, 2012
NuJazz Festival Gala with

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble (NYC)
Home - Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
w/ The Heavyweights Brass Band
The Heavyweights Brass Band
and Jazz Amnesty Soundsystem (Montreal)

Opera House, 735 Queen St. E
Tickets $22.50-$25: www.tktwb.tw/UPFgud
Facebook: www.on.fb.me/Sh00rZ

The first NuJazz Festival was launched on the strength of our first booking of Hypnotic Brass Ensemble in 2008. At the time, videos of Hypnotic’s performances in Times Square and in the subways of New York City were making them an Internet sensation. Word of mouth lead to the release of a handful of 10” records which introduced the band to a wider global audience and radically altered popular conception of what a horn & drum combo could sound like. They had just began touring internationally and were hot off a hugely successful tour of Europe. President Obama had won his epochal election two weeks before their Nujazz Festival show. It was nothing less than the perfect storm, and over 600 people came out to the Opera House for Hypnotic’s first Toronto club concert. Back now after crisscrossing the globe on their own and with Gorillaz, collaborating with the world’s finest musicians such as Tony Allen and releasing string of acclaimed full-length albums & singles, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble is touring behind a new release which they recorded with their father and mentor Phil Cohran (the trumpet player from epochal experimental music ensemble Sun Ra Arkestra) entitled Kelan Philip Cohran and the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble. And we couldn’t be happier to present them once again at our milestone fifth edition of the Nujazz Festival!

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble (aka HBE, or Hypnotic) is a 8-piece, Chicago-based brass ensemble consisting of 8 sons of jazz trumpeter Phil Cohran. Renowned for their ability to capture an audience with only horns and a drum set, "Hypnotic" has traveled the world doing just that. Their musical style is a combination of all the better parts of many different musical genres, ranging from hip-hop to jazz tofunk and rock. You can even find traces of calypso and gypsie music in their eclectic blend of sound they call "now music", or "Hypnotic". Reared in the teachings of music since they were children, some of them as young as 3 years old, they grew up on the stage playing as the "Phil Cohran Youth Ensemble". In many circles, theirs has been labeled the best live show and a definite must see.

They have performed with Mos Def, Aquilla Sadalla, Phil Cohran, The Recipe, Nomadic Massive, Tony Allen, Wu Tang Clan, De La Soul, Prince, Femi Kuti, Gorillaz, B52's, Flea and more. They have recorded with names ranging from Erykah Badu to Ghostface Killah of the Wu Tang Clan to Maxwell and many more. They supported Blur for their Hyde Park reunion concerts on the 2nd and 3rd of July in 2009. They are also collaborators on a number of tracks from the third Gorillaz studio album, Plastic Beach. Their hit song "War" was featured in the box office smash The Hunger Games as the theme song for Caesar Flickerman.

Heavyweights Brass Band
The Heavyweights Brass Band

With a fresh & fun take on the classic New Orleans style, The Heavyweights Brass Band is one of the most promising jazz acts to emerge from Canada in years. And while their sound and energy may be rooted in the NOLA second-line brass tradition, what these talented young musicians are doing is anything but traditional! Blending jazz, funk, soul, and R&B, the band performs a stock of fiery originals, pop and retro hits, and classic New Orleans repertoire that make the old accessible and new again. Fresh off their first cross-Canada tour, the HBB regularly delivers these swampy grooves and infectious horn blasts with quality, humour, virtuosic chops & incredible collective improvisation.

"Blown away by this thoroughly fresh piece of cultural collaboration. Never heard anything like this before!" (re: "Nueva Orleans feat. Oggeure"). -Gilles Peterson, DJ, Record Collector/Producer, BBC Radio 1 Personality

"The Heavyweights Brass Band" is a breath of fresh air on the Toronto music scene and are destined for big things any minute now!" - Jaymz Bee, JAZZ.FM91

Jazz Amnesty Soundsystem

The Jazz Amnesty Sound System (or J.A.S.S.) is run by Montreal DJs Andy Williams and Sweet Daddy Luv. With an honest admiration, appreciation and awe for the dedication and skills of its honored players, these veteran selectors delve deep into the rich history of jazz in an attempt to weave its story. There is the idea of what 'jazz' is that follows it through the changes over the years. The Jazz Amnesty Sound System play the classics that helped define all these jazz sub-genres as well as prime examples of sheer beauty created by artists that often get overlooked.

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