One of the headline acts for this year’s Barbican International Jazz & Blues Festival has been secured: a brass band.
Brass Roots is a 7-piece East London-based brass-band and percussion outfit, fusing an eclectic collection of musical genres played by a group of international musicians with groove, energy and an incredible funkiness.
“We’re delighted to announce our first headliner – mainly because they are so funky and I’m certain they’re going to rock the Barbican when they play,” said Festival Director Dan Thompson.
“When I saw them perform, I wanted to book them immediately. They are going to get people dancing in the streets at the Festival when they play. I know it.”
Brass Roots are not only infectious performers – they are brass band activists. They want to put the live and instrumental back into pop music, so they take familiar tunes and add their brass magic, supporting a growing circuit for funky brass bands in the UK.
They are founded by Jerome Harper, an American trombonist on a mission to establish a flourishing brass band scene in our nation’s capital.
They’ve worked with vocalists, MCs and DJs, so they’ve got a dance music ethic, loving nothing more than a packed dance-floor.
Brassroots have set stages ablaze from Ronnie Scotts to Glastonbury, London Jazz Festival to Channel 4, Secret Garden Party and Bestival to WOMAD UK & Canarias, where 40,000 people on the streets of Las Palmas went nuts to their sound.
Having independently released (and sold out of) their self-titled debut EP, Brassroots have received global radio play from the likes of Gilles Peterson, Rob Da Bank & the USA’s legendary KCRW. The band’s cover of Inner City’s ‘Good Life’ alone has racked up well over 1000 iTunes chart appearances so far.
Now comes their debut album released on Harper’s own record label, Brassroots Records: ‘Black Eye Friday’ is a 48 minute cacophony of funk, pop, dubstep and hiphop.
Leaving fans screaming at the top or their lungs for more is their calling card and the band is poised to bring a brand new energy and appeal to a tragically under-rated genre.
They will headline the Saturday night at the Barbican International Jazz & Blues Festival.