Slavic Soul Party!

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Slavic Soul Party
OriginNew York City, United States
GenresJazz, world music
Years activec. 2002 – present
MembersMatt Moran
Ron Caswell
Peter Stan
John Carlson
Chris Stromquist
Peter Hess
Kenny Warren
Tim Vaughn
Matt Musselman

Slavic Soul Party (often stylized as Slavic Soul Party!) is an American Balkan brass/jazz band. They are based in Brooklyn,[1] New York City.[2] Their style of brass band music includes gypsy music, klezmer, funk, and New Orleans jazz influences.[3][4] As of 2013, Slavic Soul Party have played a weekly Tuesday night gig at the Park Slope bar Barbès for more than 10 years.


There have been at least nineteen members of Slavic Soul Party,[3] including:[1]

  • Curtis Hasselbring (trombone)
  • Matt Moran (drums, percussion), bandleader[4]
  • Ted Reichman (accordion)
  • Chris Speed (clarinet)
  • Rossen Zahariev (cornet, trumpet)
  • Ron Caswell (tuba)
  • Peter Stan (accordion)
  • John Carlson (trumpet)
  • Ben Holmes (trumpet)
  • Jacob Garchik (trombone)
  • Brian Drye (trombone)
  • Tim Vaughn (trombone)
  • Roland Barber (trombone)
  • Matt Musselman (trombone)
  • Peter Hess (saxophone, clarinet)
  • Chris Stromquist (snare drum)
  • Kenny Warren (trumpet)
  • Oscar Noriega (saxophone, clarinet)
  • Take Toriyama (snare drum)
  • Shane Endsley (trumpet)

Current line-up[edit]

  • Matt Moran (bass drum)
  • Ron Caswell (tuba)
  • Peter Stan (accordion)
  • John Carlson (trumpet)
  • Chris Stromquist (snare drum)
  • Peter Hess (saxophone, clarinet)
  • Kenny Warren (trumpet)
  • Tim Vaughn (trombone)
  • Matt Musselman (trombone)



The band has performed on stages usually known for rock bands, opening for such acts as Arcade Fire and Dresden Dolls.[3] They have also performed at music festivals which highlight their international flavors, such as Chicago's 14th annual World Music Festival in 2012.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Margasak, Peter (18 September 2012). "The World Music Festival: Down but not out". Chicago Reader. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
  2. ^ Slavic Soul Party! Biography, ARTISTdirect, retrieved 21 September 2012
  3. ^ a b c d Eyre, Banning (19 October 2009). "Slavic Soul Party: The Bayou Meets Bratislava". National Public Radio. Retrieved 23 September 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Slavic Soul Party: Heart and Feet Music". National Public Radio. 9 June 2007. Retrieved 23 September 2012.
  5. ^ Bardeen, Sarah (19 June 2002). "'In Makedonija'". National Public Radio. Retrieved 22 September 2012.

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