About Lucky Chops
Busking superstars, the New York instrumental outfit Lucky Chops are a dynamic, horn-based ensemble known for their infectious live performances and funky, electronic dance music-influenced cover songs. The group broke out in 2014 after a video of their subway performance mash-up of Lipps, Inc.'s "Funkytown" and James Brown's "I Feel Good" went viral. Although the band's membership has shifted over the years, Lucky Chops solidified in 2016 around trombonist Josh Holcomb, tenor saxophonist Daro Behroozi, trumpeter Joshua Gawel, drummer Charles Sams IV, and sousaphonist Raphael Buyo. Originally, the group came together while Holcomb, Behroozi, and Gawel were students at Manhattan's famed Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. Another early member was Manhattan School of Music graduate/ baritone saxophonist Leo Pellegrino (aka Leo P). Initially, the band made their name busking in the subway and posting videos online. After going viral, they were able start booking tours and recording. They debuted in 2016 with the full-length effort NYC. Pellegrino left the band to focus on his similarly inclined "brasshouse" trio Too Many Zooz. In 2017, Lucky Chops returned with the Walter EP.
ORIGINManhattan, New York, NY