I found this one a while ago on YouTube, a band from New York and I liked them ever since I listened to the band for the first time.
The band leader and trumpet player Jesse Selengut drew me immediately under his spell.
With his strong, scatchy, sometimes in an idiosyncratic way inclined vocals and the deep connection to his trumpet, he hits just the taste of every jazz fan.
The band “The Tin Pan”, consisting of Clifton Hyde (resonator guitar, mandolin, voclas), Stefan Zeniuk (saxophones and clarinets), Pete “Baby Hands” Maness (bass and vocals), accompanied Selengut with musical dynamics and a jazzy groove that you’d think you’re transported back to the old swing era. I wanted to get to know these boys a little better and asked them a few questions. Here we go…
Who are your role models and idols?
Louis Armstrong, Lee Morgan, Sunlight (not a musician, just the actual sunlight), Howling Wolf, Skip James, Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles.
In videos on YouTube, you play a lot on the streets of New York, in Central Park and in the Subway. How do people react to your music and what effects the emotions for you?
We put on a good show. People really like it when we play. Stefan is really good at amping up the crowd with a variety of antics. The other day I actually got up on the bass myself and played a solo from up there. It’s cool. Jumping, spinning around, just throwing the energy out there. It’s a trip. What effects the energy? Hard to say… how much we’ve slept or not slept the night before. If we are hungover. In general, when people gather around we just go into show mode and its all joy regardless of what’s going on personally or otherwise. Even the sad, forlorn songs are joyful because they are accepting of the painful realities that we all have to move through from time to time.
Everyone who looks at you sees that jazz & swing music is your life. Would you rather have lived for 80 -90 years earlier?
No. I like the internet. Plus the girl I love wouldn’t have been born yet.
Today there are more and more young artists trying to revive the old swing and jazz tunes.
They connect it to the new genres such as Hip Hop, House and Electronica. What do you think of the new generation of modern Electro Swings?
I kind of mind my own business in that regard. There are so many distraction in New York City. I just try to keep to my own and manage my own life. Artistically, I really don’t care what other people do or don’t do. Enjoy. Do what you do. Cool by me. My own playlist is really eclectic. I’ve been really into 20th Century classical music of late: Messaein, Shostakovich, Stravinsky are favorites. I also really like that new Chris Brown track cause it’s fun. The last four songs on my iPod shuffle were Fela Kuti, Black Sabbath, Screamin’ Jay Hawkings, and The Baka Forest People.
Thank you for your openness and time. All the best and maybe we see you at New York’s Central Park someday… :-)