Molly Tigre has been described as “Ethiopian funk drinks a progressive jazz cocktail at Miles Davis’ 1970s loft party,” and nothing could be more on the nose for this eclectic group of talented musicians. Saxophonist Mitch Marcus and bassist Ezra Gale are responsible for the group’s compositions, and they are joined by saxophonist Chris Hiatt, drummer Joe Abba, and percussionist Kolipe Camara. Formed in 2015 and based in New York City, the ensemble has been playing local gigs and stewing up their unique and far-ranging sound, which they have since committed to tape with their self-titled debut album, released in May 2018. Recorded at Nine Lives Studio in Jersey City and at The Creamery in Brooklyn, Molly Tigre features eight ear-popping tracks that range from the imaginary Bollywood-meets-West Africa mash-up “Hello Bolly” to the searing funk of “Lebanese Blond” to the outer space jazz of “Y Knot” to the winking homage to classic 70’s Ethiopian groove, “Ethiofreaks,” which even comes complete with guest vibraphone (from Tommy Mattioli) and Farfisa organ.

Molly Tigre’s marriage of entrancing styles from Ethiopia and Mali with ultra-modern jazz is truly a combination for both brain and booty, giving the ear something to chew on and the legs something to dance to. Their energy on stage is infectious, and their live shows are not to be missed. We are excited to host Molly Tigre at the Springfield Jazz and Roots Festival!