Brooklyn-based, Columbus, Ohio bred group Huntertones are gearing up for the November 20 release of their self-titled EP with several shows including an August 27 performance at Rockwood Music Hall’s Stage 2 in Manhattan. The 8PM performance will feature Justin Stanton from Snarky Puppy.
The band’s signature sound comes from adventurous original compositions and arrangements written by Jon Lampley, Chris Ott, and Dan White that meld jazz, funk, soul, hip hop, R&B, and rock. In addition to covering a wide range of genres, the group is known for its ability to shift from a dynamic six piece ensemble to an unconventional trio featuring saxophone, sousaphone, and beat-boxing.
The band was noted in late December 2014 by NPR on its music blog and Tumblr for its submission to the nationwide Tiny Desk Contest which included about 7,000 entries. NPR said the band members “caught our attention with their funky second-line groove, tight horn section, sousaphonist Jon’s ‘Ohio Against The World’ t-shirt and the fact that they’re clearly having so much fun with the tune. And you can never go wrong with a burnin’ trombone solo!”
They have also been selected to be cultural ambassadors for the American Music Abroad program which will involve an international tour of performances and clinics in early 2016. Other notable performances include appearances at major U.S. and international jazz festivals (Columbus Jazz and Rib Fest, Rochester Jazz Festival, Toronto Jazz Festival) as well as a show at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.
On November 20th the band will release its debut recording, an eponymous EP which was mixed by Grammy Award winning engineer Bassy Bob (Herbie Hancock, Soulive, Brian McKnight), It captures the group’s spontaneity with genre-bending original compositions by Lampley, Ott, and White.
Individually, members of Huntertones have compiled a diverse resume of collaborations with top artists in the pop, jazz, soul, and musical theater worlds. This includes work with O.A.R., Ricky Martin, Allen Stone, Phillip Phillips, Jon Batiste, Snarky Puppy, Red Baraat, Eric Krasno, Fred Wesley, Rashawn Ross, Jeff Coffin, Micky Dolenz, Hadden Sayers, Lew Soloff, Sean Jones, Felix Pastorius, Tony Monaco, Byron Stripling, Bobby Floyd, Christian Howes; Tony winners Norbert Leo Butz and Lena Hall; and ensembles such as the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, the national tour of Guys and Dolls, the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, and many others.