Award-winning, internationally acclaimed trombonist leads this strolling band with appearances in the NY Times and All Nite Soul festival, to name a few. Heavily influenced by the multiculturalism of NYC, Street Beat plays a wild diversity of brass-based music, from Mexican Banda to Funky Gospel to Crazy Klezmer and everything in between. We add much more than a typical band to create the atmosphere you desire. For instance, we specialize in our mobility, as we are strolling brass and percussion musicians untethered to electric chords, amps, stages, etc. No one forgets seeing and hearing the high-energy spectacle of our roving musical party train! We also cater our style to every event to tailor to its exact musical needs.
Street Beat appears as anywhere from a duo to our typical 5-piece setup. This allows us to cater to every event size. Consisting of trumpet, sax, trombone, sousaphone, and drums, we are completely acoustic and mobile enough to play any type of event, such as strolling, parades, and processionals, as well as parties, concerts, church services, traditional music venues, and more.
Our repertoire includes familiar tunes from each tradition's songbook arranged in our unique, urban and energetic vibe. If our repertoire does not include a song you want to hear -- as long as we can find it we'll learn it just for you! Each hand-picked member is also a conservatory-trained Jazz musician who can improvise creatively off the written tunes, adding their individual voice. When not performing with Street Beat, our members are variously playing in Broadway shows, teaching at the New York Jazz Academy, or performing and recording as freelancers throughout NYC.
About leader Jeff Fairbanks:
-"Fairbanks is a rising multi-faceted star if not musical voice on the New York scene"..."and his instrumental skills as trombonist are second to none" -- Brent Black, at Critical Jazz.
-Much more national/international press.
-Independent Music Award winner, 2012. Also won national awards from ASCAP, BMI, Aaron Copland Fund, NewMusicUSA, and more.
-Signed with Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records (BJUR)
-Featured on cover of Entertainment section of Astoria Times Ledger.
-Has played with the Glenn Miller Orchestra and Dorsey Orchestra, to name a few. Toured in Europe, Asia, Latin America, and throughout the U.S, in venues such as Carnegie Hall and Madison Square Garden.
About Street Beat's various styles:
NEW ORLEANS/DIXIELAND, JAZZ
Street Beat is deeply rooted in the New Orleans tradition of street brass and drum bands. This energy and vibe informs everything we do, regardless of what style we happen to be playing. We bring this joyful, electric vibe to all our music. Our Jazz repertoire includes tunes from its very beginning, through the Swing era and beyond.
Nothing will create the Mexican atmosphere and party vibe you seek like the sizzling horns of Street Beat. Specializing in the infectious, brass-powered Banda music from the Sinaloa region of Mexico, we play this virtuosic music authentically. Please refer to our press kit's Mexican audio samples ("Juan Colorado" and "El Buque"). The band is also made of professional, conservatory-trained Jazz musicians who can creatively improvise off the written music, individualizing each performance. Unlike typical Mariachis with overdone sombreros, we wear contemporary American style suits to match the look of the Banda orchestras of Sinaloa. This also reflects the modern, multicultural influence of our home of New York City. If you want a high-energy, 21st century, multicultural, authentic Mexican brass band, please give us a call!
GOSPEL, FUNK/SOUL, CARIBBEAN
Simply put, the acoustic warmth and vibrant power of Street Beat's horns offers a soul-strengthening experience not found with our many electricity-assisted, guitar-strumming brethren. As the Lord brought down Jericho's walls through the blasts of trumpets, we desire Him to speak through our own brass instruments the same way. Made of all professional Jazz musicians, we revive the joyful, high-energy Gospel Shout Band tradition that has long inspired worship and brought congregations to their feet. Within this Gospel vein we perform both time-tested hymns and newer Christian songs in a variety of contemporary styles such as Caribbean/West African, Funk, Old-time Gospel, and New Orleans Jazz/Dixieland.
Few genres make people want to dance as much as Klezmer does. From its Eastern European and Middle Eastern roots, we incorporate modern NYC street life and grooves to the mix, to make a unique, contemporary, and infectious Street Beat style. All the while, we carefully learn the full structure of these frequently complex song forms, in our passion to perform the music authentically as well as to entertain. ...Call it a little quirk from all of our individual band members' backgrounds as conservatory-trained Jazz and Classical musicians!
Jeff Fairbanks (Trombone, leader/arranger),
Michael Webster (Alto Saxophone),
Jason Wiseman (Trumpet),
James Rogers (Sousaphone),
Vin Scialla (Drums)