Hypnotic Brass Ensemble -- an eight-strong cohort of horn-playing brothers (plus one unrelated drummer) who take their stylistic cues from jazz, funk, hip-hop, and various strains of world music -- started out playing on the streets of Chicago, New York, and elsewhere, selling their self-released CDs and gradually building a loyal following and an international profile. These blood brothers, seven sons of jazz great Phil Cohran, also known as The Bad Boys of Jazz, carry with them their father’s great musical legacy. Hailing from the south side of Chicago, the brothers have mastered brass, performing subway stations, Coachella and The Sydney Opera House all in the same stride. Their skills have seem them tour throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa and South America playing with everyone from Prince, Mos Def , Mick Jones (The Clash) and Damon Albarn.

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