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To understand Coolbone -- and, for that matter, brass-hop, their unique amalgam of hip- hop and brass band jazz, just consider the group's home base: New Orleans, a city famous for its multicultural roots.
Coolbone's sound encompasses the entire tradition of African-American music, and then some. Trombonist Steve "Coolbone" Johnson, the group's founder and leader, sums up brass-hop: "Coolbone brings in newer sounds, like funk, hip-hop, soul and freestyle rap, adds some blues and gospel and swing, while keeping the main elements of traditional New Orleans music -- the tuba, the horns and the acoustic instrumentation. We take one of America's oldest indigenous art forms and carry it forward into the 21st century."
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