BBNG’s New Directions In Jazz
Chester: “Traditional jazz is something we have a high respect for with how the genre has progressed and changed with each era. Our indifference is with how jazz and tradition currently sits in 2012.
"We feel that the tradition pushed for more room to expand and experiment which is what we enjoy doing with our music. We enjoy all sorts of new music and movements that are currently going on and that’s how we come to make our sound.
Kids wanting to listen to jazz after they hear us is a cool thing because it's a dying art. If you don't listen to much jazz, you have to listen to John Coltrane's A Love Supreme immediately.
“Getting into a new style or genre of music is always exciting because there is so much to listen to and explore, so getting kids into jazz is definitely something were proud of.
Alex: "Also kids wanting to listen to jazz after they hear us is a cool thing because it's a dying art. If you don't listen to much jazz, you have to listen to John Coltrane's A Love Supreme immediately.”
Matt: “And definitely Bill Evans' Sunday At The Village Vanguard and Charles Mingus' The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady.”
Alex: “Anything from Wayne Shorter in the '60s and everything from the second Miles Davis Quintet with Herbie Hancock. And definitely listen to Robert Glasper and Vijay Iyer for modern stuff. There's a lot of modern stuff we're not 100 percent into but we have to give props to those guys.
"Also just like listening to trios is really cool because if people don't know much jazz hearing a smaller group can expose them to that sound. Some of the greatest bands in history in any genre have been trios. It's a bare but full sort of format and as a musician you have control over your domain.”