It’s been an unpredictable journey since our founding Billy Goat (Mark Hamilton) took a trip to New Orleans and quickly became intoxicated with the city's rich musical culture and tradition. He brought us together on a cold and rainy Kentucky autumn day in 2011 and shared his vision of forming an ensemble of all-star players for an old-time project.
Through our progression as a band, the moniker “Antique Jazz” started to float around. With the addition of tunes that contained hints of Kentucky flavor and an irresistible twang, we realized our strange version of jazz embodied the influences of a Kentuckian mode de vie.
Our result is a fun and exciting new genre of music that travels a centuries-old path down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, through the bourbon trail, from Derby City to the Chocolate City and back. Ladies and Gentlemen: THIS IS BOURBON JAZZ!
Mark Hamilton: Guitar, Fearless Leader, #1 Arm Wrestler
Amos Hopkins: Bass, Vocals, Graphic Design, Roughneckery
Laura Ellis: Vocals, Accordion, Cupcakes
Allison Cross: Trombone, Straw Boss
Peter Benjamin: Drums, Vocals, Perpetual Snacking
Zach Driscoll: Alto Sax, PA, Cool Suspenders
Joey Thieman: Trumpet, Accordion, Fedoras
Frodeaux: Beagle, Guardian Angel