HBE are seven brothers from the south side of Chicago presenting their unique sound merging jazz, funk & hip-hop. Raised by jazz legend Phil Cohran (Chaka Khan, Earth Wind and Fire, Sun Ra Arkestra) the brothers absorbed the sound of their father.
Their first LP Satin received the American Author’s Award. their live show inspired Mos Def and the brothers joined him onstage and began touring as the MOS DEF BIG BAND.
In 2005 these “Bad Boys of Jazz” moved to New York City & shortly after, they started collaborations with Gorillaz (on Plastic Beach), Ghostface Killah (The Pretty Toney Album) and Damon Albarn, Tony Allen & Flea (Rocket Juice & the Moon) and also to live performances with Prince and De La Soul. Although HBE is a beloved collaboration partner, they also performed their original tunes to audiences as big as 110,000 (Glastonbury, Roskilde), as well as on Coachella, Womad, The Sydney Opera House and Reeperbahn Festival 2017.
Smoov - trumpet
Baji - trumpet
Hudah - trumpet
Yoshi - trumpet
Rocco - baritone
Clef - trombone
Cid - trombone
Germany, Austria, Eastern Europe, Switzerland