We are proud and excited to announce our new collaboration with…[..] Read more »
For a preview of NCC’s upcoming project, check out the video below. Latest news is that it’s an international collaboration! Who with? That’s for you to find out! The release (on special 10 inch vinyl and digital) is set for 6 November. Meanwhile the band is planning a tour of a string of leading Dutch […][..] Read more »
We are proud to announce that we will be playing at the great North Sea Jazz Festival. We will be playing on Saturday the 11th of July at the Maas stage. We are very excited and we hope to see you there.[..] 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!