Cocek! consists of Sam Dechenne (trumpet/vocals/composer), Ezra Weller (flugelhorn), Clayton DeWalt (Trombone), Jim Gray (Tuba) and Grant Smith (Tapan Drum). A 5-piece ensemble from Boston, MA playing all original compositions. The music is influenced by Eastern-European and New Orleans dance songs, Afrobeat, Klezmer and elements of reggae and Western classical pieces.
CBB sounds are inspired by acts like Fanfare Ciocarlia, Fela Kuti, Miles Davis, Rebirth Brass Band, traditional Balkan songs and chamber brass repertoire. Dance music for those seeking something new and unique, contemplative Old World melodies that hark to a lost era and catchy riffs that will have you singing along and tapping your foot all night long.
In performance spaces ranging from hollowed out warehouses and arts spaces in Boston to the Kennedy Center in D.C., Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Burlington Discover Jazz Festival, WorldFest in Louisville, KY and The Fingerlakes Thaw Festival in Ithaca, Cocek! can be found sprinkling their Phrygian magic dust on audience members all over the world. They also put on programs for schools and universities discussing traditional Balkan/Klezmer & New Orleans Jazz music, it's beautiful history and it's relation to their original compositions.