The Brendan Polk Group is a jazz group with influences from many different genres of music and we’re exciting to have them making their Bar Nine debut tonight!

In anticipation of their live show at 9:15PM, the band was nice enough to email us from their home-base to discuss their musical influences, live show experience, and what inspires them on a day-to-day basis

BAR NINE: Tell us the brief history of your band
THE BRENDAN POLK GROUP: My band has been playing concerts in New York City at various venues since I moved here two years ago.

BN: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
TBPG: I love Duke Ellington, Stevie Wonder, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, and Phineas Newborn

BN: What are your dreams and goals?
TBPG: To help people through musical and non musical creative endeavors

BN: Who writes the songs, what are they about?
TBPG: I write most of the songs, and we also perform covers as well.

BN: Describe your show, visual and musically
TBPG: We perform creative and energetic jazz music, influences by our lives and a wide array of music, including funk and classical music

BN: What do you think about downloading music online?
TBPG: I think you should support artists and buy their cds!

BN: What's your claim to fame?
TBPG: I believe myself to be a creative and talented individual. I also backpacked in Europe for a year. I’m proud of that. Every time I’m honest with myself and others, I’m proud of that.

BN: What inspires you to do what you do?
TBPG: Other people, myself, and the tether of the universe!

BN: What advice would you give to fellow bands?
TBPG: be honest with yourself, have a balance between working hard and living your life.

BN: What are some of your pet peeves?
TBPG: judgmental people.

BN: How does music affect you and the world around you?
TBPG: If it’s inspiring, it hopefully uplifts me and others!

BN: What are the biggest obstacles for bands?
TBPG: Navigating the music business.

BN: What's the best and worst thing about playing clubs?~
TBPG: Feeding off of the crowds energy is the best

Stephanie Schmid