Free Radicals is a horn-driven instrumental dance band with a commitment to peace and justice, and is the 13 time winner for “Best Jazz” in the Houston Press Music Awards. The musical collective plays original music, and is equally at home playing fundraisers, parties, fund-raisers, art openings, weddings, funerals, or breakdance competitions. In its 21st year, the band is currently promoting its 6th CD.
Live you will see Free Radicals with two different set-ups: the stage band featuring 4 horns, guitar, bass, and drums, or the Free Rads Street Band featuring sousaphone / tuba, marching drums and as many horns as we can hire. At weddings, we are accustomed to switching from the marching band during processionals, to a cocktail band, to the stage band whenever the schedule calls for it. At funerals, we bring out bluesier slower songs, and build up to a vibrant celebration of life.
“The horn-heavy, continually evolving collective Free Radicals produces a wildly eclectic fusion that has as many influences as there are items in the Houston, Texas, pawnshop in which they honed their sound during all-night jam sessions.” - The New Yorker
“This award wining Houston crew has this weird synchronicity to predict the future in their songs, and they just might be on point again. A solid winner of the young and restless of all ages, they know how to play and aren't afraid to take you places you've never been. A winner throughout---just be sure to strap in before lift off.” -Chris Spector, Midwest Record
“I've fallen in love with their raucous style in only 4 bars… their music isn't just “on the edge”, it's fallen off the cliff!” -Dick Metcalf, editor, Contemporary Fusion Reviews
“an intriguing listen and this band is definitely worth listening to” -Roger Farbey, All About Jazz
“Everything seems to energize by drawing on an inexhaustible source.” - Music Zoom, Italy
“The musicians are ready willing and willing to participate in various processions, demonstrations, public actions, play funerals, weddings, and dance parties.” - Jazz Square, Russia
“Free Radicals' 'Outside the Comfort Zone' redefines serious jazz“ - Dodie Miller-Gould, Lemon Wire
* listed pay range is based on a 7 piece band, we offer custom pricing for trios and quartets