New Cool Collective originated in 1994, when Dutch saxophone player Benjamin Herman started experimenting with DJ Graham B in Amsterdam nichtclub Soul Kitchen. The in that time unique combination of musician and DJ evolved into the eight-piece ensemble that is now equally at home in clubs as it is at festivals. New Cool Collective plays a mix of jazz, dance, latin, salsa, afrobeat and boogaloo and has released six albums so far. Next to Herman, New Cool Collective includes guitarist Anton Goudsmit, drummer Joost Kroon, percussionists Frank van Dok and Jos de Haas, pianist Willem Friede, bassist Leslie Lopez and trumpeter David Rockefeller. For performances as New Cool Collective Big Band, the ensemble is expanded to a total of nineteen band members.