Shining a fresh light on the key aspects of hard bop with a suite of original jazz for the organ quintet.
The 1950s and 60s was the era of the greats like Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Art Blakey, Horace Silver, Cannonball Adderly, Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins. It’s when the music known as bebop evolved into hard bop. In 2019, lover and supporter of Jazz David Innes took a philanthropic step and proposed the idea of an Auckland-based hard bop tribute band and, in partnership with recording industry icon Terence O’Neill-Joyce, assembled the NewBop Quintet.
With 2020 vision, the Auckland-based NewBop Quintet shines a fresh light on the key aspects of hard bop – a close link with the blues, a strong rhythmical presence, and strong melody lines. The NewBop Quintet revisits the hard bop ethos with stunning original tunes and a familiar yet fresh take on standards like “So What” and “Straight No Chaser.” Great music and a great band!
Look out for the new album in 2021!
Mike Booth on trumpet – with credits from a wide musical spectrum.
Pete France on saxophone – scintillating and sophisticated.
Frank Gibson Jr on drums – an icon of the NZ music scene.
Kevin Field on piano – arguably NZ’s finest.
Wil Goodinson – Auckland's young bass sensation.