Jesse Fischer and Takuya Kuroda have been bumping elbows on the scene for quite a few years now—performing some of the same venues, working with some of the same musicians, learning from some similar influences, leading their own bands, and more. With Soul Cycle, Fischer has proven his ability to merge influences coming from jazz, soul, funk, hip-hop, classical, and electronic into a cohesive artistic statement that touches people on a deep level. Kuroda quietly released an album as a bandleader before joining the José James band and coming into prominence as a defining voice among the band’s prolific musicians. He is now working on his followup as a bandleader that is being produced by José James.
The two musicians sat down ahead of their show later this week to ask each other some burning questions that have been on their minds before having an impromptu jam at the Motherbrain studio in Brooklyn. Check it out below!
Jesse and Taku will be at DROM on Friday May 31st with musicians from both bands making up some of the most creative and talented this generation has to offer Be sure to come out for both the music and the hang!
Jesse Fischer & Soul Cycle
Jesse Fischer, keys & piano
Jean Caze, trumpet & flugelhorn
Godwin Louis, alto sax
Solomon Dorsey, bass
Justin Tyson, drums
Takuya Kuroda Sextet
Takuya Kuroda, trumpet
Jamaal Sawyer-Dymski, tenor sax
Corey King, trombone
Takeshi Ohbayashi, piano & keys
Rashaan Carter, bass
Adam Jackson, drums