Jeff Coffin and the Crescent Super Band create benefit album for young Cuban musicians

Posted: 21-Jun-15 14:39

A Kickstarter has been created for a new album by Jeff Coffin and the Crescent Super Band. Proceeds raised from this album will be donated to young Cuban musicians so that they can pursue their art at the National School of the Arts.

Jeff Coffin and the Crescent Super Band create benefit album for young Cuban musicians

Musician Jeff Coffin and the Crescent Super Band will be releasing a new album and the proceeds from the album will support young aspiring musicians in Cuba. The new album is called "Inside of the Outside" and it features nine original compositions arranged for the modern big band.

The band has set up a Kickstarter to raise money for the project. So far more than $14,000 has been raised, which is more than the original goal of $10,000 and the appeal still has just under a month to run. The exciting project features a number of excellent special guests, including Grammy winners Randy Brecker, Branford Marsalis and Victor Wooten – as well as Robertico Garcia from the Buena Vista Social Club, Rashawn Ross from the Dave Matthews Band, Juan Carlos Rojas "El Peje" and many more.

The songs on the album are a colourful and eclectic blend of simple folk themes, quirky funk, rugged New Orleans parade music and much more. The band has recorded the first two tracks of the album in Havana, Cuba with many fantastic Cuban artists. They will record the remaining tracks in Utah in June and the final mixing will be done in July. The album will be released in September or October.

All of the proceeds raised from the sales of the album on Kickstarter will offer support to Cuban musicians who are learning in Havana at the National School of the Arts. The backing that has been raised from the Kickstarter project will help to cover the cost of mixing and mastering the album, printing the actual CD and distributing the album.

Those who back the Kickstarter will receive a number of great rewards, such as a Dave Matthews Band autographed box set, a video of Jeff cursing your name as he eats a stalk of celery, Dave Matthews Band concert tickets and a signed DMB guitar. Those who pledge more than $5,000 will receive a private concert performance with Jeff Coffin and the Crescent Super Band as well as a signed copy of the new album.

All of the proceeds from the sales of the album will go to supplying the young Cuban music students with instruments and other tools that they need to keep Cuban music alive and kicking.


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