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Hypnotic Brass Ensemble w/ The Sideways

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Music runs deep in the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble. Raised on the south side of Chicago, the band is made

up of seven brothers, the sons of Jazz trumpeter Phil Cohran, who played with the deep spiritual Jazz

group, Sun Ra Akestra. He trained them all to play their horns from childhood and instilled in them a

profound sense of the spiritual roots of music. Each morning began with them all emptying their breath,

producing a unified meditative tone. This music is very much as a transcendental practice. The cathartic

energy of their live shows draws its raw power from this deep reserve, it is an authenticity that can‘t be


In 1999 they took their music to the subway stations of Chicago and later relocated to New York where

they played impromptu concerts in Prospect Park and on street corners, honing their polished sound with

the grit and swagger of the Big Apple. Since the 2004 release of their debut album ‘Flipside’ they have

become recognized as the world‘s leading brass ensemble and have toured and recorded with Prince,

Gorillaz, Macy Gray, De La Soul, Erykah Badu and Mos Def among others. The caliber of their

collaborators reflects not only the esteem with which they are held but also the scope of their own

vision. Their talents stretch way beyond just music making as the brothers are also talented songwriters,

producers and entrepreneurs. Undoubtedly, they scored their biggest success to date when their song

„War“ was featured in the the feature film phenomenon ‘Hunger Games’, their music instantly gaining an

audience of hundreds of millions.


Formed in 2018 to showcase the virtuosity of singer-songwriter Joey “Sideways Stehle in Rochester, NY. The Sideways has quickly built a fan base in Rochester,

NY and other upstate NY music scenes. Joey expertly manages to deliver deeply personal and introspective lyrics over a wide variety of upbeat musical genres,

ranging from Pop to Jazz, with a healthy helping of Funk and Soul to keep your head bouncing and your feet dancing.

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