In 1993 saxophonist Benjamin Herman began experimenting with DJ Graham B at nightclub Soul Kitchen in Amsterdam. The combination of playing live to spinning records was still unusual then. But the results worked and ended up evolving into the eight-piece New Cool Collective. The band is now impossible to think away from the nightclubs and festivals of the Netherlands and beyond.
As a pioneer of Dutch jazz, the band was long regarded as the ugly duckling of the scene. Jazz purists found their ‘soul jazz latin flavours nineties vibe’ too hard and fast. But once a group of younger club goers found their way to Café Meander where the sizzling orchestra played regularly, the dam burst. Now everyone, both jazz lovers and haters, go to their concerts. NCC has won an Edison, the Heineken Crossover Music Award, Gouden Kalf and the Gouden Notenkraker. They have toured England, Germany, Benelux, Africa, Canada, Russia and Japan. They have not only played in the hippest clubs but also giant rock and pop festivals such as Roskilde festival in Denmark, Sziget in Hungary, Lowlands in the Netherlands, Camden Mix Festival in London, and the Aberdeen Alternative Festival in Scotland.
New Cool Collective is made up of saxophonist Benjamin Herman, drummer Joost Kroon, percussionists Frank van Dok and Jos de Haas, pianist Willem Friede, bassist Leslie Lopez, guitarist Rory Ronde and trumpet-player David Rockefeller.
After a special Record Store Day release and last weeks single, New Cool Collective has released its full big band album featuring Senegalese saxophone player Thierno Koite (Orchestra Baobab). Over the last few years the 19 person big band formation has worked on a lot of different projects including the Amsterdam Uitmarkt and a list of collaborations. [..] »
- 11-05 EXCLUSIVE: Listen to the new full album »
- 05-05 New Cool Collective releases first single from new Big Band album »
- 21-04 NCC Big Band & Thierno Koité RSD 7″ vinyl release »
- 16-03 NCC announces three releases & clubtour »
- 08-11 Worldwide ‘The Things You Love’ release receives positive reviews »
- 01-07 '17 Jazzfest Wien, Vienna (AT)
- 15-07 '17 Summertime Festival, Den Haag
- 22-07 '17 Zichy Kastély, Budapest (HU)
- 26-07 '17 Totaalfestival, Bladel
- 31-07 '17 Palmparkies, Dordrecht
NCCBB featuring Thierno Koité
Album : cd digital vinyl
release date: 12-05-'17
Yassa/Myster Tier (Big Band ft. Thierno Koité)
Single : vinyl
release date: 22-04-'17
The Things You Love
Album : cd digital vinyl
release date: 27-05-'16