Amidst COVID-19 and the fight for racial justice and equality, the implications of releasing a soulful, gospel, four-track jazz compilation are not lost on NYC-based 8-piece band, Jeremy Beck & The Heavy Duty Horns. With rural Alabama and New Orleans at the root of his identity, bandleader Jeremy Beck understands the influences that have informed his role as a musician––especially upon the release of the band's debut EP, Take Me By The Hand, during a pivotal moment for civil rights in America.
"It sure feels strange promoting an EP release while the fight against systemic racism is at the forefront of everyone's minds these days," shares bandleader Jeremy Beck from Jeremy Beck & The Heavy Duty Horns. "In a musical context, Black music has created what we know as American music. Without the great Black musicians, artists and writers, plain and simple, American music would not exist."