Harlem based musical outfit Freelance cites a wide variety of styles as influences, and their unique sound is proof of the kind of originality that can come from skillfully blending different vibes to create something new. The band, who came together as friends as well as colleagues, began at Berklee in Boston. Comprised of Tim “Smithsoneon” Smith on vocals, Craig Hill on saxophone, Yasser Tejeda on guitar, Chad Selph on Keyboards, David Ginyard on bass and Justin Tyson on drums, they collectively boast some seriously impressive performance credits. Playing with the likes of Jesse J, Kenny Garrett, Solange and Esperanza Spalding gives an idea of each individual’s level of musicianship, but together the ensemble becomes something really special. They act and sound as a unit.