Chosen by the US State Department, Street Beat has officially represented American culture on multiple international tours. As seen on NY1 TV, NY Daily News, Queens Tribune and more. Award-winning, internationally acclaimed trombonist leads this strolling band of handpicked veterans of Broadway, Frankie Valli, Count Basie, and Glenn Miller touring bands. Influenced by the multiculturalism of NYC, Street Beat plays a wild diversity of brass-based music, from New Orleans Jazz to Polka, Mexican Banda, Gospel, Klezmer, and Funk. 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. 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.
-National/international press coverage, including feature stories.
-Independent Music Award winner, 2012. National awards from ASCAP, BMI, Aaron Copland Fund, NewMusicUSA, and more.
-Signed with Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records (BJUR)
-Veteran of 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.
Just a few of our satisfied clients:
US Embassy - Caracas; NYC Parks and Recreation; Columbia University; DoSomething.org; Brooklyn Bowl; Glassnote Music; LIC Flea; Horizon Media; GrowNYC; Highland Care Ctr; Fluent Ad Agency; FC Bayern fan club NYC
About our 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"). 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.
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. 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.
POLKA, GERMAN, OOM-PAH
Our brass instrumentation makes Polka a natural fit. Horns harmonize the melodies; bass lines are carried by tuba -- the way it should be! See our "Beer Barrel Polka" video to see the fun.
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!