The bad boys of jazz are back at Band on the Wall with their incendiary live show!
Chicago hip-hop brass band Hypnotic Brass Ensemble are an eight-strong cohort of horn-playing brothers (plus one unrelated drummer), the youngest of 23 children – all sons of jazz trumpeter and composer Kelan Phil Cohran (a member of Sun Ra’s Arkestra).
Together, they have formed a formidable reputation as one of the best live bands around. With a sound that calls to mind traditional New Orleans big-band jazz and nods to the avant-garde angularity of their father and his contemporaries, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble are equally informed by rap, funk and hip-hop. They have worked alongside Mos Def, Prince, Ghostface Killah, Childish Gambino, Gorillaz, Damon Albarn, Erykah Badu, Robert Glasper, Chris Dave, Tony Allen and many more.
“Beautiful to behold” LA Times
“Their high-energy, New Orleans-inspired, gassy live sound is bombastic and funky enough to convert the coldest of cynics.” Time Out London
“Underneath the hip-hop attitude, hints of a strange cosmic mysticism emerge” The Telegraph