As a Dutch brass band that honors the tradition of New Orleans at the North Sea Jazz Festival, Broken Brass Ensemble
will probably suprise everyone. In a single year the group has performed at several festivals. Broken Brass Ensemble combines New Orleans brass with hip hop, Balkan, funk and blues, but in a very specific way. The Frisian group, consisting of eight musicians, even scored a radio hit with their version of the song Thrift Shop
that we all know by American duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. The band are able to translate the original repertoire in such a way that nobody can remain standing still. The refined mix is created by one drummer and a seven-piece brass section. Up to now, the group has made one EP with six of their own songs. Well, almost. Because in their opening song Crazy LA Blues
they maliciously add a passage from a Beyoncé song.