about

Emerging from the East Bay underground warehouse party scene, New Zombies is an 11-piece band playing original music influenced by Afrobeat, Afropop, highlife, reggae, and other energetic music. The band draws its name from Fela Kuti’s landmark album Zombie; its musical influences and inspirations include Fela, King Sunny Ade, James Brown, and Tom Tom Club, creating a new sound that takes international dance music in adventurous directions. Fronted by four saxes and propelled by a dynamic rhythm section, the group includes members of a diverse range of other Bay Area jazz and rock outfits.

Cory Wright – tenor sax
Aaron Bennett – tenor sax
Michael Zelner – alto sax
Dan Plonsey – baritone sax, compositions
John Shiurba – guitar
John Finkbeiner – guitar
Lynn Murdock – keyboards
Steve Lew – bass
Suki O’Kane – percussion
Jason Levis – percussion
John Hanes – drums