Too Many Zooz
About Too Many Zooz
Self-described "Brass House" trio Too Many Zooz make manically kinetic instrumental music that combines avant-garde jazz, EDM, punk rock, and sundry other traditions into their own distinctive brand of high-energy dance music. A viral sensation since they first emerged as New York subway buskers in 2013, Too Many Zooz have evolved into a globally recognized phenomenon who tour often and continue to produce videos. In 2016, they issued their full-length debut, Subway Gawdz.
Formed in 2013 in New York City, Too Many Zooz features the talents of baritone saxophonist Leo "Leo P" Pellegrino, trumpeter Matt "Doe" Muirhead, and drummer David "King of Sludge" Parks. Both Pellegrino and Muirhead initially met while students at the Manhattan School of Music where they studied jazz. They eventually joined forces with percussionist Parks, whom Pellegrino had played with in a separate busking outfit. They began playing live at various New York subway stations and quickly attracted crowds with their aggressive instrumental sound and Pellegrino's ability to dance and hype the audience like a DJ while playing. In March of 2014, a video of the band went viral and helped build buzz for the group. That January they issued their debut EP, F Note. More EPs followed, including 2014's Fanimals, 2014's Brasshouse, Vol. 1: Survival of the Flyest, and 2015's The Internet.
Away from the group, Pellegrino gained yet more attention working with the similarly inclined instrumental saxophone outfit Lucky Chops and in several video collaborations with noted jazz saxophonist Grace Kelly. However, Too Many Zooz remains his main focus and in 2016 he was back with the trio for the release of their debut full-length album, Subway Gawdz. Featured on the album were guest spots from Kreayshawn, members of Galactic, and Beats Antique. The following year, Pellegrino was again showcased on his own, appearing with the Metropole Orkest in a 2017 BBC Proms tribute to Charles Mingus. The following year, Too Many Zooz issued the holiday-themed EP A Very Too Many Zooz Xmas. In 2019, they released the ZombiEP, a concept album about a fictional band playing a music festival during a zombie outbreak. ~ Matt Collar
ORIGINNew York, NY