B's Bees has been together since July 2012, when bandleader Brandon Goodwin won a scholarship to play at the Montreal International Jazz Festival. He put together a lineup of some of the young star players in the city and never looked back. In the past year B's Bees has played over 25 performances throughout Montreal including 2 weekly Jazz Parties that ran for 3 months. They are currently on the roster for the House of Jazz. and have also put together an entire show of Charlie Haden compositions, to pay tribute to the recently passed master.
In November 2014, B's Bees went into the studio to record their first album. The album, which is comprised of all original compositions by various members of the group, was released in March 2015 to critical acclaim. It reached the #1 spot on several jazz radio charts, and reached #3 on Earshot's national jazz ranking.
B's Bees sets themselves apart from the rest of the pack through sheer will-power. Their love for the music they play is obvious. They are known for their individual and collective talents. Like their insect counterparts, B's Bees are graceful to look at, but can sting when provoked. Let them swarm your ears and pollinate your soul.
Reconnu autant pour les talents collectifs qu’individuels de ses membres, le groupe B’s Bees se démarque du lot par sa détermination et sa volonté d’innover dans leur genre. Leur amour de la musique et leur dévotion transparaît d’ailleurs dans toutes leurs œuvres et performances.
Comme les insectes du mêmes nom, les B’s Bees sont gracieux au regard, mais savent très bien se défendre lorsque provoqués! Laissez l’essaim envahir vos oreilles et faire fleurir votre imagination…
Brandon Goodwin - Drums / Bandleader
Alec Safy- Bass
Joe Ferracuti - Piano
Julien Sandiford - Guitar
Kebbi Williams (Grammy-award winning saxophonist. Performs with Tedeschi-Trucks Band, and Chris Dave)
Elijah Jamal Balbed (Winard Harper, Warren Wolf)
Fraser Hollins (Ari Hoenig, Bill Stewart, Brian Blade)
"B’s Bees carries on the Hard Bop torch passed down from Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers and Thelonious Monk with reverence and imagination. Not content to simply imitate, the band, under the leadership of Brandon Goodwin, forges ahead with strong writing and accomplished arrangements. Live on stage, they’re poised and professional, and they pack all the punch of veteran straight ahead jazz musicians."
Larry Stahlberg, Host of Jazz Straight Ahead, WERU-FM
"They are producing some important 21st Century Jazz."
Josef Woodard (Author of Conversations with Charlie Haden, DownBeat Contributor)
"If the sound of Montreal jazz group B's Bees reminds you of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, it might be because of the similar spirit."
(Ron Netsky, Rochester City Newspaper)