Meet The New 5: The New 5 is a cohesive group based in Austin, TX whose sound is rooted in the post-bop tradition but with a forward-leaning edge. Four of the five members of the group have or are working on their doctorates in music from the University of Texas. Thomas Heflin and Chris Budhan have their doctorates in Performance. Michael Arthurs is finishing his doctorate in Jazz Composition. Peter Stoltzman is completing his doctorate in Music and Human Learning. David Colvin has completed his masters in music from UT as well. While the group shares an interest in education, they also have shared the time with some of the jazz world's greatest. Thomas recorded his first album with James Williams
. Chris Budhan, as a festival producer in Eastern Canada, presents more than 1,000 performances each summer as part of the City Stages and Always On Stage festivals. Peter Stoltzman has performed with Eddie Gomez and Steve Gass and is an instructor at the Stanford Jazz Workshop. David Colvin has performed on the David Letterman Show and Austin City Limits as a member of the rock outfit Heartless Bastards.
The five share songwriting duties and produce a unique groove oriented post-bop vibe. This is not a typical quintet - even including spoken word into their debut release, Introducing The New Five.
What makes this group especially unique is each members dedication to promoting jazz education. By 2010, four of the five members will have doctorates in music. These include doctorates in Music and Human Learning, Jazz Performance and Jazz Composition. In addition, Chris Budhan, the groups bassist, leads a music festival every year in his home town of Charlottetown, PEI Canada. The festival gives young jazz musicians live performance opportunities as well as offering them lessons and master classes from seasoned jazz artists. The combined education and expertise of the New 5 members makes them the ideal group for master classes at festivals or camps.
Your dream band:
Our dream band doesn't hinge on having name players. We more interested in finding talented people willing to put in the work to get a cohesive group sound.
Road story: Your best or worst experience:
On one of our gigs, someone handed a napkin up to the stage that said, "Play some Kenny G. I want to dance."
In Austin, we've always enjoyed playing the Elephant Room. It's a New York style basement club with a funky Austin vibe.
Your favorite recording in your discography and why?
Anything from the great Miles Quintet of the 60's. Miles Smiles is a great example of a standard quintet with a completely unique group sound.
. Although I'm not interested in playing like Maynard, he was a phenomenal trumpet player who acted as a sort of gateway drug into jazz. For instance, from hearing his heard his loud, flashy arrangements of Sonny Rollins