What started as an experiment in 1999 has now managed to thrive and grow through today. Starting with the cool West Coast Jazz from California in the 1950s and reaching out to do so much more, Octobop has always strived to create music that is listenable, accessible, and at times, humorous. You would expect to find music by Gerry Mulligan, Miles Davis, Shorty Rogers, Bud Shank, Howard Rumsey, and others who created something special. Add to that mix music ranging from Jelly Roll Morton to the Allman Brothers and throw in some movie and TV music and you will never know what you get at an Octobop gig.
As an octet, Octobop has enough structure to create interesting nuances and colors in the music. Yet it is small enough to provide lots of blowing room for everyone in the group. Writers and arrangers as well as players, the members of Octobop create music you are unlikely to hear anywhere else.