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Naughty Professor Releases New Single With Lettuce’s Eric Benny Bloom

New Orleans-born jazz-funk outfit Naughty Professor just released a new single and video in collaboration with Eric Benny Bloom. The Lettuce trumpeter and Shady Horns member guests on the third single “Without A Trace” from Naughty Professor’s forthcoming album, Identity, due out June 23, 2017. In support of the album, the band is also hitting the road.

“When writing this song, I was aiming to have something put the horn section on display,” explains Naughty Professor’s John Culbreth. “This was a rare opportunity for me to play with another trumpet player… and who better than Benny Bloom? The sonic difference between a horn section with one trumpet and a section with two is immense.”

Recalling the recording process, Benny Bloom shares, “Recording with Naughty Professor was a lot of fun. They are all strong musicians individually and play great together. ‘Without A Trace’ has a sort of dark vibe to it, which I dig. I also like that the whole horn melody is in 4-part harmony! The Naughty P horns have really interesting harmonies, which makes playing being in a 4-piece horn section really satisfying!”

Watch Eric Benny Bloom get down with Naughty Professor on their new collaborative single “Without A Trace” below.

The 6-piece future funk outfit, hailing from New Orleans, raises the stakes on this new album. Where their prior releases showcased the group’s knack for self-contained instrumentals, Identity finds the band teaming with a stellar assortment of more than a dozen cutting-edge collaborators, with David Shaw of The Revivalists, Ivan Neville, Mike Dillon, members of The Soul Rebels, and others lending vocal, instrumental and compositional contributions. Additionally, Naughty Professor teamed up with Qmillion (Robert Glasper) to mix the record. The result finds Naughty Professor expanding their music into exciting new territory.

Naughty Professor Tour Dates

6/15/17 Founder’s Brewing Co. Grand Rapids, MI
6/16/17 Bell’s Eccentric Cafe Kalamazoo, MI
6/17/17 Taste of Randolph Chicago, IL
6/17/17 Tonic Room (Official Taste of Randolph After Party) Chicago, IL
6/23/17 Identity Album Release Show @ Tipitina’s Free Friday New Orleans, LA
7/6/17 O.P. Rockwell Park City, UT
7/7/17 Crystal Bay Club – The Red Room Crystal Bay, NV
7/8/17 Lost on Main Chico, CA
7/9/17 The Barn Gilroy, CA
7/11/17 KJazz Wine, Jazz and Moonlight Series Hollywood, CA
7/13/17 Winston’s Beach Club San Diego, CA
7/14/17 Last Exit Live Phoenix, AZ
7/15/17 Flagstaff Brewing Co. Flagstaff, AZ
7/16/17 191 Toole Tucson, AZ
7/20/17 Sam’s Burger Joint San Antonio, TX
7/21/17 Last Concert Cafe w/ Handsomebeast Houston, TX
7/22/17 Parish Austin Austin, TX
7/26/17 Reef Boise, ID
7/27-28/17 The Huckleberry Jam Donnelly, ID
7/29/17 Red Room Lounge Spokane, WA
8/2/17 Downtown Sounds Bellingham, WA
8/3/17 Tractor Tavern Seattle, WA
8/4/17 Volcanic Theater Pub Bend, OR
8/5/17 Star Theater Portland, OR
8/11/17 Friday Night Live Cloverdale, CA
8/12/17 Boom Boom Room San Francisco, CA
8/13/17 San Jose Jazz Summer Fest San Jose, CA
8/17/17 Fox Theatre Boulder, CO
8/18/17 Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom Denver, CO
8/19/17 Outland Ballroom Springfield, MO
8/20/17 Darkening of the Sun Festival St. Clair, MO
9/9/17 David Shaw’s Big River Getdown Hamilton, OH
9/14/17 Brooklyn Bowl’s Sunset Sounds at Industry City Brooklyn, NY
9/29/17 The Great Outdoors Jam Lakeland, FL
1/17/17 Jam Cruise Miami, FL