Birth of the Cool – A Tribute to the Acoustic Music of Miles Davis

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Birth of the Cool is a brand new acoustic jazz group based in Brooklyn, New York, which lovingly re-imagines the music of legendary trumpet player Miles Davis from the 1940s and 1950s. This incredibly fertile era of Miles Davis’ music spans rhythm and blues, the invention of bebop, the creation of cool jazz, and the development of hard bop, as well as the inception of modal jazz music.

Birth of the cool features a combination of veteran NYC-based musicians, as well as new faces on the scene, including trumpet player and producer Jeremy Mush1, drummer Luis Zuluaga, pianist Harold Weg, baritone saxophonist Patrick Laslie, and tenor saxophonist Andrew Schwandt.

Birth of the Cool has graced stages in New York City including The Iridium (Sold Out), Williamsburg Music Center (Sold Out), Littlefield, and Bar 9, and looks forward to continuing to share this music we love.

Jeremy Mush1 is a trumpeter based in Flatbush, Brooklyn. Mush1 cut his teeth touring nationally and internationally throughout the 1990’s with seminal roots ska/reggae group, The Slackers, where he also served as composer, arranger, and vocalist. In need of rootsier and more horn-based music, Mush1 left the group in 2000 in order to lead his own projects, including Fireproof (with Sister Nancy) and The Scorchers. Mush1 currently leads Top Shotta Band featuring Screechy Dan, a 10-piece roots/ska/dub group (since 2010), and also plays lead trumpet with Hungry March Band, a diverse 16-piece punk rock 2nd line brass band. Mush1 also owns and operates Al Paragus HQ, a full service analog/digital recording studio, where he has produced music for a wide range of Jamaican artists, including Lady Ann, Carlton Livingston, Junior Cat, and Sammy Dread. In addition, Mush1 also owns and operates Al Paragus HQ event space, where he hosts When Dance Was Nice, an all-vinyl rub-a-dub reggae/blues dance, which has been dubbed “the best sounding place in New York City to hear vintage reggae music”, and which features the top all vinyl selectors and artists from the golden age of dancehall reggae music (1970’s-1990’s). However, like the original Jamaican ska session musicians of the early 1960s, Mush1’s deepest musical passion is jazz, particularly bebop and hard bop, and he is ecstatic to finally bring the music closest to his heart to the public with this new venture.

Luis Zuluaga ne Zulu is a 30+ year veteran of the NYC jazz and ska/reggae scene. Zulu cut his teeth at the original University of the Streets jam sessions in Alphabet City in the 1980s, and went on to form seminal traditional ska group The Slackers, where he melded the conversational bop drumming style of Max Roach with the creator of Jamaican ska, the great Lloyd Knibb. As a conduit for these two great players, Zulu truly created his own voice in Jamaican music, and stands as a torchbearer between its creators, and the young musicians of today. Now, with Birth of the Cool, Zulu happily returns to his musical roots, along with his musical brethren Mush1, as an elder musical statesman.

A recent transplant to New York City, Saxophonist Andrew Schwandt was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota and has played there professionally for the past 20 years.  After getting his start performing on cruise ships, he returned to Minneapolis, and since then has played hundreds of club dates and theater productions in the Twin Cities.  Andrew is influenced by many great saxophonists, but especially by Dexter Gordon, Michael Brecker, and Bob Mintzer.