NEWS: Naughty Professor Release Video for New Single “Without A Trace”

June 14, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

New Orleans, LA – Today, acclaimed New Orleans-based band Naughty Professor released the video for “Without A Trace” featuring Eric Benny Bloom of Lettuce from their highly-anticipated new album, Identity, set for release on Friday, June 23, 2017. Check out the exclusive premiere via Relix here.

 

WATCH “WITHOUT A TRACE” HERE

 

"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!"

 

“Without A Trace” marks the third track release from Identity, which is available for preorder now, here. Mixed by Grammy-Award Winning producer Qmillion (Robert Glasper), Naughty Professor raises the stakes on its upcoming album release.  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, Benny Bloom, Mike Dillon, members of The Soul Rebels, and others lending vocal, instrumental and compositional contributions.  The result finds Naughty Professor expanding their music into exciting new territory.

 

Recently named an “Artist You Should Know” by Relix Magazine, Naughty Professor have previously released two singles from Identity, including the politically charged track “Darker Daze” featuring legendary hip-hop artist Chali 2na (Jurassic 5) and fellow New Orleans musician Dexter Gilmore, and buzzed-about song “Stray” featuring David Shaw (The Revivalists) on vocals. Offbeat describes, “The Revivalists frontman’s smooth, soulful style is a great fit for Naughty Professor’s laid back energy,” while Live Music Daily praises, “What we hear and see in this video is the longevity of New Orleans’ musicians producing music that touches the heart and soul and pulls at the emotions of the human heart.”

 

Of their collaboration, and the timeliness of the “Darker Daze” message, Charli 2na notes, “’Darker Daze’ is a song that reflects the opinions, predictions, and fears of people who are against a Donald Trump led America. Basically, ‘Darker Daze’ is our way of saying, whether you like it or not, fasten your seat belts because there will be turbulence! The Naughty Professor family created the inspiration and the vessel to convey this concept and I am happy to have been a part of this collaboration.”

 

LISTEN TO "STRAY" HERE

LISTEN TO “DARKER DAZE” HERE

 

Recently, Naughty Professor announced a comprehensive North American album release tour. Kicking off with a few stops in the Midwest, including the Taste of Randolph Festival in Chicago on June 17th, the band will celebrate Identity’s release with a hometown show at Tipitina’s Free Friday Party on June 23rd in New Orleans. The band will then head back out to hit 26 cities across the country, including shows in Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, Utah, and Washington. All confirmed dates are below with more to be announced soon.

 

About Naughty Professor: Together since 2010, Naughty Professor’s adventurous recordings and horn-charged, high-energy live performances have earned them an enthusiastic fan base as well as widespread praise from their musical peers.  The ensemble's first three albums have won acclaim from fans and critics alike, and their diligent roadwork has established Naughty Professor as a beloved live act.  Weaving together complex, inventive compositions and loose, organic improvisation, Naughty Professor’s music honors their hometown's jazz, R&B and brass-band traditions, while their unique, signature sound contributes to New Orleans’ ever-unfolding musical legacy.

 

Identity Tracklisting:

  1. Mirrors (feat. Cole DeGenova and Alexi Marti)
  2. Sugar Coat (feat. Chali 2na and Ivan Neville)
  3. Without A Trace (feat. Eric Benny Bloom)
  4. Stray (feat. David Shaw and Cole DeGenova)
  5. Do You Like Dragons (feat. Jason Butler)
  6. I Can’t Sleep At Night (feat. Dexter Gilmore)
  7. Through it All (feat. Sasha Masakowski and Cliff Hines)
  8. Venison Poetry (feat. Mike Dillon)
  9. Darker Daze (feat. Chali 2na and Dexter Gilmore)
  10. Stolen Ones (feat. Mykia Jovan)
  11. Psycho Switch (feat. Cliff Hines)
  12. Funk 4 Lunch (feat. Members of The Soul Rebels)

 

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

 

Naughty Professor is:

  • Ian Bowman, tenor saxophone
  • John Culbreth, trumpet
  • Bill Daniel, guitar
  • Nick Ellman, alto and baritone saxophones
  • Sam Shahin, drums
  • Noah Young, bass

 

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