Bap Notes

  • Genre
  • Jazz
  • Awards and Nominations
    • SAMMIES 2019 Nominee★ Jazz ★
    • SAMMIES 2019 Nominee★ Live Performer ★
  • Musicians
    • Cornelious Daniels — drums
    • EJ Emanuel Johnson — keys
    • Ellwood Allen — bass guitar
    • Emery Mesich — flute, sax
    • Mark Knoxx — drums
    • Rod Morgan — keys
    • Russell Brown — lead guitar
  • Share

Q & A

All-time favorite song?


Anything by Herbie Hancock and Parliament.

How do you describe your music to people?


Eclectic, soulful, rhythmic, funky and dynamic.

Tell us about how the band formed.


The Bap Notes was formed during jam sessions held in co-founder Rod Morgan's garage. Through these sessions, the unique sound was birthed. With rhythm and groove at the focus, the Bap Notes formed like Voltron destined to save the boom-bap.

Tell us about your best gig in Sac.


Our best show to-date was our performance at the 2018 Sacramento News & Review Best of Sacramento celebration. We were received by an enthusiastic crowd that enjoyed our music and groove.

What was the first song you learned to play?


"Mary Had a Little Lamb."

What's next for the band?


The band is currently preparing to release its debut album titled Share. The band is looking to create a platform to put Sacramento's music scene on the national and global radar. The band is looking to tour locally in the Sacramento region before moving on to the Bay Area, Los Angeles and the rest of the nation.

What's the story behind the band name?


Bap Notes... Where J Dilla meets John Coltrane.

What's your favorite local artist/group?


The Addict Merchants, Feva in da Funkhouse, Original Heads, Sene Goss, Mino Yanci, George Napp, Roger Smith, and Derek "DOA" Allen.

Who are your biggest influences?


J Dilla, Herbie Hancock, Joe Henderson, A Tribe Called Quest, Tony! Toni! Toné!, Miles Davis, Parliament, Funkadelic.

Who first inspired you to play music?


The Bap Notes' unique sound combines classic jazz Instrumentation with modern day hip-hop... BOOM BAP!

Words to live by?


You love music, right?

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