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.
2018 is a year filled with celebrations for New Cool Collective. The bands new album Electric Monkey Sessions 2 was released earlier this year plus, this year is the 25 year anniversary of the band! This highlight has been celebrated over the past months with various projects; the band released its special vinyl XXV, they played multiple [..] »
- 14-09 New release: XXV by New Cool Collective »
- 08-08 NCC celebrates 25th anniversary! »
- 24-05 New Cool Collective winner of the Edison Jazz/World award for ‘Best World album’ »
- 26-01 New Electric Monkey Sessions 2 tour dates confirmed »
- 24-11 New Cool Collective releases Electric Monkey Sessions 2 »
- 28-12 '18 Melkweg, Amsterdam
- 06-04 '19 Theater de Lievekamp, Oss
- 20-04 '19 Kroepoekfabriek, Vlaardingen
Album : digital vinyl
release date: 14-09-'18
Electric Monkey Sessions 2
Album : cd digital vinyl
release date: 24-11-'17
Single : digital
release date: 18-08-'17