The Sextet plays groove jazz that's meant to be moved to and moved by. The songs combine elements of funk and soul with the form and harmonic structures of jazz to produce a sound pregnant with emotional urgency and meaning.
Price Range: $400 and up
Gig Length: 30 - 240 minutes
Languages: English, Spanish
What to Expect
Not only do we have hours of original material arrange for a six-piece band, we can also do a condensed version of the band where we can perform jazz standards as well as repertoire requests based on what your event calls for.
Playing original compositions and arrangements of bassist Robert Castillo, The Sextet plays music to move to and moved by. Castillo originally formed the group in the fall of 2015 in Portland, OR and when Life called him back to his native home of Kansas City, he reformed the group with childhood friends and other prominent KC musicians.
Robert's writing incorporates elements of funk, soul, and dance, as well as jazz song structures and harmonies. The result is contemporary groove jazz that a listener of any background can bob their head to. The songs are influenced by life events and experiences - a set can include a variety of emotions including joy, anger, frustration, and bliss.
The Sextet's debut album was released just before Castillo left Portland and was listed on KMHD Portland Jazz Radio's Top Top Albums of 2016 list.
"To release a debut as compelling, organic and self-assured as “In A Natural State” is cause for celebration. When the group disbands only days after the record release show, all that’s left to do is play the whole album again and wonder at what could have been. This debut/swan song deftly manages the tricky balance between being a laid back groove record and a vehicle for emotive improvisation...In this moment, there is greatness. Portland never got the chance to know it." (KMHD Portland Jazz Radio)
Additional Booking Notes
For large rooms we'd use three mics (one for each horn) with the bass and guitar amp through the system, as well as one mic to speak into.
Past Booked Events
|June 01, 2017–June 02, 2017 • 9:00pm - 1:00am||The Sextet @ The Ship|
|May 04, 2017 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm||The Sextet and Nate Nall Trio @ Madrigall|
|April 06, 2017 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm||The Sextet and Wrong Kata Trio @ Madrigall|
|March 18, 2017 • 7:30pm - 9:30pm||The Sextet @ 8th St Taproom|
|March 12, 2017 • 9:00pm - 11:55pm||The Sextet and Living Body|
|March 02, 2017 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm||The Sextet and Kurt Wheeler Quartet|
Influences & Inspiration
Miles Davis Quartets
John Coltrane Quartets
Frank Sinatra Impersonator
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