“Coolbone: Music to My Ears”: Timothy White, Billboard Magazine (Editor-in-Chief); June 1997 front cover edition
Coolbone was ranked #8 for best new artist of the year in 1997 by Timothy White (Editor in Chief of Billboard Magazine); December 1997 edition
Brass Hop's da real
Coined as "Brass Hop", a fusion of the brass band culture with the pop and hip hop cultures of the world. The incarnation of this style landed the group a national recording deal with Walt Disney's Hollywood Records, coupled with a booking agency deal with the William Morris Booking Agency (agent Cara Lewis) and a distribution deal with Polygram Records. The band also found itself on the likes of National Public Radio's "All Things Considered", featured artists on the Tom Joyner Morning Sky Show, featured artists for Showtime at the Apollo a couple of times, was selected to perform for the NAACP Image Awards 31st Anniversary, and was voted #8 in the world for best new artist by Billboard's Magazine Editor-in-Chief, Timothy White.
The band's precision and stage charisma provided for tours with Wyclef Jean, David Byrne, Ben Harper, Spearhead, and Camp Lo. Also, included were shows with Busta Rhymes, the Average White Band, War, Ziggy & Steven Marley, the Roots, the Counting Crows, Common, the Gap Band, Bobby McFerrin, De La Soul, Better Than Ezra, Lauryn Hill, Goodie Mob, Cowboy Mouth, Chico Debarge, George Clinton & the P-Funk Allstars, Peabo Bryson, the Isley Brothers, Montel Jordan, Dru Hill, DJ Guru, B. B. King, and James Brown. Remixes of Coolbone's music have been produced by Wyclef Jean, DJ Guru, K-Solo, DJ Smash, DJ Spooky, and Lunar Deep. Coolbone has also produced horn sectional remixes for groups such as Cypress Hill, and members have recorded with alternative bands such as the Counting Crows.
Drop a beat!
This style features our very own arrangements of seventies, eighties, and original hits. The makeup of the ensemble, as well as the fire that is brought to the scene, represents deep New Orleans musical spice and flavor.