The third installment of the Homage Concert series in Los Angeles presents Phil Cohran, who will be accompanied by The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble. Cohran is a legendary jazz trumpeter who made his bones with the Sun Ra Arkestra in the late 50s and early 60s before forming the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) in 1965. The AACM deliver performances, work within communities, and have a school of music for inner city youth in Chicago.
An avant-garde jazz musician, Cohran is known for fusing jazz with classical and world beat music. Interestingly, eight of his sons form The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble (HBE), a street ensemble composed of brass and drums. Fans of Plastic Beach by Gorillaz will recognize the HBE, and the band has a long history of collaborating with R&B, hip hop, and other jazz artists.
by Kelan Philip Cohran & The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
Check out this special podcast, a half-hour mix of instrumentals and interviews of Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and Phil Cohran, there’s even a bit of Sun Ra thrown in for good measure:
And we also have a few tracks to share from The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble:
But wait, there’s more!
The upcoming Homage concert will also feature William Hart, who will be paired with Venice Dawn. As the leader of The Delfonics, Hart wrote such classics as “Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time)” and “La-La (Means I Love You)” among others. He will be backed by Adrian Younge’s Venice Dawn, a group of musicians assembled to record the follow up to the “Black Dynamite Score“.
Watch: “La-La (Means I Love You)”
Delfonics – “Didn’t I Blow Your Mind This Time” (6BLOCC REFIX)
“It’s Me” by Adrian Younge Presents Venice Dawn
“Untitled II” by Adrian Younge Presents Venice Dawn
If this top bill is not enough, Homage will also have integrated DJ sets by Lefto & DJ Spinna, Anthony Valadez, Expo, Seano, and Rani D, while Azul 213 hosts the night’s events.
What an incredible event for LA. Get out there if you can, and if not, buy some music from this great assembly of artists.