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New Cool Collective

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Amsterdam, Netherlands (1994 – present)

New Cool Collective was born in 1994 when these eight cool musicians (Benjamin Herman - saxophone, Anton Goudsmit - guitar, Joost Kroon - drums, Willem Friede - keyboard/arranger, Frank van Dok - percussion, Jos De haas - percussion, Leslie Lopez - bass, David Rockefeller - trumpet) ignited the Amsterdam club scene and then set fire to the rest of the music scene, spreading the heat rapidly to international festivals. From the start they were hot and never cooled down, releasing albums, winning the Edison Jazz Award in 2000 (the Dutch Grammy) and touring extensively. Whether playing at the London Jazz Café, North Sea Jazz Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, or at clubs in Istanbul, Budapest, Vienna, Latvia, Estonia, Uganda and Russia, the band’s steaming mix of highly danceable and spiced with flavors has turned on clubbers and jazz buffs alike.

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After a couple of years, the New Cool Collective founded their Big Band extension. The band loved playing with the groovy 19-piece line up and once again the crowd went mad. So they initiated monthly New Cool events at an Amsterdam club, where the big band played with different guest musicians. At one of these events the Afro-drummer Tony Allen played with them. This party lasted for several nights and instigated the club tour of the New Cool Collective Big Band featuring Tony Allen and the kora-player Ali Boulo Santo.

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