The band Huntertones formed in Columbus, Ohio at The Ohio State University and hosted their first shows at a house on Hunter Avenue. They have since relocated to New York City, released two albums, and toured North and South America, Europe and Africa; experiences which have pushed the band to expand even further, stylistically. What started as a group of classmates finding a common voice/sound, has developed into a highly collaborative group of musicians travelling, sharing, and growing together.
They are currently one of the most recommended brass band combination of young, regenerated musicians, integrated in a collective manner, much like the group Sanarky Puppy; the band’s members proffer a type of uninhibited jazz, brilliant, fresh & lucid and on the fringe of academic correctness, with the sousaphone & beatbox as explosive rhythmic elements, featuring a repertoire which is a mixture of renditions & original compositions of powerful intensity. They have also been likened to the group Lucky Chops, thus making them one of the bands with the most followers of the genre.
Their music has a hint of fresh air about it; it’s a trip along distinctive musical styles without dwelling on any one in particular, which allows them to ambulate between jazz and soul, and a touch of hip-hop. Huntertones is a flexible sextet that uses other musicians if they find the need to reinforce the metal, percussion or strings sections during live performances.
On an individual basis, the members have worked with Ed Sheeran, Snarky Puppy, Red Baraat, Ricky Martin, Jon Batiste & Stay Human, OAR, Stevie Wonder, Andy Grammer, Allen Stone, Gary Clark Jr., Phillip Phillips, We Banjo 3, Umphrey’s McGee, Vulfpeck ….
The sextet abounds in a totally non-traditional world of sounds. From the magic generated by Chris Otti on the beatbox and Jon Lampley on the sousaphone in short pieces like Hip Mr. Hampton, to a new & fresh sound without the bluster & rant that is found on occasions in genres such as jazz. A brass band in constant evoltion which produces resounding dialogues on stage, always situated alongside R&B with the characteristic rhythmic beat emanating from the keyboard and with a sense of humour omnipresent on stage, and a festive touch set to a blues rhythm at times.
Huntertones manage to transform themes that are essentially pop to a high energy, inspired improvisation & adventorous sound, adding depth and contrast to their live sets. Musical fun and games that are challenging yet entertaining; a perfect opportunity to stretch the muscles and share this emotional release that the brass band generates on stage.
Dan White: Saxophone
Jon Lampley: Trumpet & sousaphone
Chris Otti: Trombone & beatbox
Adam DeAscentis: Bass
John Hubbell: Drums
Josh Hill: Guitar