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"Ragtime funk" is the term drummer Billy Martin uses for the music made by his quartet Wicked Knee. Martin was inspired to form the group after hearing field recordings of African bands playing horns or wind instruments along with drums.
Each of Wicked Knee's members is a fixture in the New York City jazz scene. Martin played drums for 20 years with Medeski Martin & Wood. Trombonist Curtis Fowlkes has performed with the Lounge Lizards, the Jazz Passengers and John Zorn, while tuba player Marcus Rojas has played with Spanish Fly, Les Miserables Brass Band, Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder. Trumpeter Steven Bernstein's groups include Sex Mob and the Millennial Territory Orchestra.
Thursday night, see how the four musicians perform together when Wicked Knee plays Le Poisson Rouge with Mago and Caveman with Cyro Baptista. Download the quartet's "Congo March" from the band's debut self-titled EP above or watch Wicked Knee rehearsing a cover of the old New Orleans tune "El Ritmo" by Lee Collins here.