Naughty Professor is an iconoclastic New Orleans-based jazz-funk sextet whose adventurous recordings and horn-charged, high-energy live performances have earned them an enthusiastic fan base, critical acclaim, and widespread attention from their musical peers.
Their diligent roadwork has established Naughty Professor as a beloved live act. Weaving together complex, inventive compositions and loose, organic improvisation, the band honors their hometown's jazz, R&B and brass-band traditions while looking to the future.
Naughty Professor raises the stakes on its new album Identity (Release date June 23rd, 2017). Where their prior four releases showcased the group's knack for self-contained instrumental experimentation, Identity finds the band teaming with a stellar assortment of more than a dozen cutting-edge collaborators, whose vocal, instrumental and compositional contributions expand the music into new musical territory.
The result is Identity, Naughty Professor's most potent and ambitious musical statement to date. It is a record that, by collecting together diverse and disparate musical voices into a seamless whole, simultaneously honors the past and pushes into the future.
Naughty Professor has shared the stage with artists such as Soulive, Galactic, Snarky Puppy, Fitz and the Tantrums, The Revivalists, Rebirth Brass Band, The Soul Rebels, Papadosio, George Porter Jr., Victor Wooten, and many more
It seems that over the last few years, the New Orleans-based collective Naughty Professor has built up a reputation that has a lot of musicians ambling on down to the Crescent City to sit in with them. Their one/two punch of an ultra-tight rhythm section coupled with a sharper-than-a-tack horn section makes it easy to understand why. Watch out for these cats. Kings" features Skerik (Garage A Trois, Critters Buggin') guesting on sax. ...