Baby Soda, a freewheeling New York City-based street-jazz ensemble, brings its old-time sounds to Club Helsinki Hudson on Friday, November 11, at 9pm.
With an eclectic set of influences ranging from 1930s-era swing, New Orleans jazz, and Southern gospel, Baby Soda doesn’t aim to recreate the past – rather, they bring the concept and joy of the music to the present.
Baby Soda is an adaptable and ever-changing group made up of New York’s finest working musicians, featuring trumpet, trombone, clarinet, banjo, and the unique one-string box bass. The band has performed at some of New York’s finest venues, including the Village Vanguard, Barbes, the Knitting Factory, and the Jalopy Theater.
This live video from St. Mazie Bar in Brooklyn, N.Y
., gives a great idea of the group’s good time music – the kind of music often heard in Woody Allen movies, featuring hot clarinet licks, rhythmic banjo strumming, and an ineffable groove that dares listeners not to dance.
And although it dates back nearly seven years, this short documentary
gives you a good idea of what Baby Soda is about and the history of the music they play.