The first single from our upcoming EP with Mark Reilly (Matt Bianco) is now available. You can find ‘The Things You Love’ at the following services: iTunes/Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer, Google Play and our Bandcamp webshop. You can also listen to the single on Youtube: EP release The full EP featuring five tracks will be […][..] Read more »
Great news! We are nominated for not one, but two ‘Radio 6 Awards’. We received a nomination for the award for ‘Best Group’ and for ‘Best Live Act’ . You can head over to the Radio 6 website and cast your vote. The awards will be presented October 8th at ‘De Vorstin’ in Hilversum during […][..] Read more »
The word is out! ‘The Things You Love’ is the title of the new EP that we have been working on this past few months. We wrote and recorded the new material with none other than Mark Reilly of Matt Bianco fame. After a series of inspiring meetings we noticed that our style of music […][..] Read more »
New Cool Collective is made up of saxophonist Benjamin Herman, drummer Joost Kroon, percussionists Frank van Dok and Jos de Haas, pianist Willem Friede, bassist Leslie Lopez, guitarist Rory Ronde and trumpet-player David Rockefeller.
In 1993 saxophonist Benjamin Herman began experimenting with DJ Graham B at nightclub Soul Kitchen in Amsterdam. The combination of playing live to spinning records was still unusual at the time. But the results worked and ended up evolving into the eight-piece New Cool Collective. The band soon became a regular at clubs and festivals all over the Netherlands.
As a pioneer of Dutch jazz, the band was long regarded as the ugly duckling of the scene. Jazz purists found their ‘soul jazz latin flavours nineties vibe’ too hard and fast. But once a group of younger club goers found their way to Café Meander where the sizzling orchestra played regularly, people were convinced. Now everyone, both jazz lovers and haters, comes to visit their concerts. The band released well received albums and toured all over the world. Not only as an 8-piece band, but also in big band formation counting 19 musicians.
Fast forward around 20 years and New Cool Collective has won several awards: an Edison, the Heineken Crossover Music Award, the Gouden Notenkraker and a Golden Calf for Best Film Music. They have toured England, Germany, Benelux, Africa, Canada, Russia and Japan. They have not only played in the hippest clubs but also big rock, pop and jazz festivals such as Roskilde festival in Denmark, Sziget in Hungary, North Sea Jazz Festival & Lowlands in the Netherlands, Camden Mix Festival in London, Fuji Rock & Tokyo Jazz in Japan and the Aberdeen Alternative Festival in Scotland. And they collaborated with many Dutch and international artists on tour and in the studio. To name a few: Tony Allen, Mapacha Africa, Andrew Roachford, Jules Deelder, Typhoon, Guus Meeuwis and Georgie Fame.
At the moment the band is working on an exciting new collaboration project. More information is coming soon!