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Birth of the Cool is a brand new acoustic jazz group based in Brooklyn, New York, which lovingly re-imagines the music of legendary trumpet player Miles Davis from the 1940s and 1950s. This incredibly fertile era of Miles Davis’ music spans rhythm and blues, the invention of bebop, the creation of cool jazz, and the development of hard bop, as well as the inception of modal jazz music

The band features a combination of veteran NYC-based musicians, as well as new faces on the scene. In anticipation of their live show with us on June 5th at 8PM, the band was nice enough to email from their home base in Brooklyn, New York to discuss the music of Miles Davis, and what inspires them on a day-to-day basis

BAR NINE: What type of band are you?
BIRTH OF THE COOL: We are Birth of the Cool - a jazz sextet. Its a tribute to the acoustic music (1940s-1950s) of Miles Davis

BN: Tell us the brief history of your band
BOTC: We are a very new group, and formed in late 2017, although myself (Jeremy Mush1 - trumpet), and our drummer, Luis Zuluaga (Zulu), have been friends and have played music together for 25 years, initially with seminal NYC ska group The Slackers   

BN: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
BOTC: We play music associated with Miles Davis from the 1940s-1950s, which includes his music with Charlie Parker, as well as his early work as a leader for Blue Note and Prestige Records

BN: What are your dreams and goals?
BOTC: To bring back to life the golden age of bebop, as well as the birth of hard bop - the golden age of America's musical renaissance.

BN: Who writes the songs, what are they about?
BOTC: Although we play music associated with Miles Davis, the songs themselves are from the great Amercian songbook, as well as originals by Charlie Parker and Miles Davis themselves, as well as other jazz standards

BN: How do you promote your band and shows?
BOTC: Primarily through social media, text, and email, as well as on my radio show every Tue from 9:00-10:30PM on WNYU 89.1fm here in NYC - Tunnel One.  Its the biggest ska/reggae radio show in the NYC metro area, and I have hosted it for 17 years now

BN: Describe your show, visual and musically
BOTC: A classy and elegant trip back in time to the golden age of improvised jazz music, with original and new virtuosic soloing.

BN: What do you think about downloading music online?
BOTC: Technology is an exogenous force.

BN: What's your outlook on the record industry today?
BOTC: What record industry?

BN: What's your claim to fame?
BOTC: I have played trumpet since 1980, and am closely associated with the NYC ska, reggae, and dancehall scenes, and also host When Dance Was Nice at my underground club in Flatbush, featuring original Jamaican music on the original vinyl, which also features live performances by the original artists that live here in NYC, as well as live trumpet solos (by me) over the instrumental dub B-sides of the original 45s

BN: What inspires you to do what you do?
BOTC: The sound of the trumpet is ingrained in my soul - I don't know how to stop

BN: What advice would you give to fellow bands?
BOTC: Only do this if you truly love playing your instrument and playing music

Steven Padernacht