Hailing from the south side of Chicago, the members of the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble are brothers from an extraordinary musical family. Other siblings are professional musicians, and their father, Philip Cohran, played a seminal role with Sun Ra in the 1950s and helped found Chicago's AACM.
Tarik "Smoov" Graves, trumpet
Amal "Baji" Hubert, trumpet
Gabriel "Hudah" Hubert, trumpet
Tycho "L.T." Cohran, sousaphone
Jafar "Yoshi" Baji Graves, trumpet
Uttama "Rocco" Hubert, baritone
Seba "Clef" Graves, trombone
Saiph "Cid" Graves, trombone
After performing with various projects, the brothers combined their efforts in the late '90s and began performing a new style of brass music they labeled Hypnotic. They made their living busking for a few years before releasing their first album together, The Flipside, in 2004.
Since then, the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble has collaborated with Mos Def (now Yasiin Bey), Tony Allen, Maceo Parker, De La Soul, Erykah Badu, Maxwell, and others; has appeared at venues across six continents; and has released numerous independent albums and several on the Honest Jon's label, including a 2009 eponymous release. Bulletproof Brass, the band's latest independent release, dropped in 2011.