Hypnotic Brass Ensemble (aka HBE, or Hypnotic, or The Bros) 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. 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. 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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