New Orleans, funk, and more: A Chat with Naughty Professor – Champaign/Urbana News


Coming in hot out of New Orleans is Naughty Professor, a horn-driven funktastic six-piece. They’re making waves all over the scene, having just played Summer Camp and Taste of Randolph. I squeezed in a quick conversation with drummer Sam Shahin, trumpet player John Culbreth, and alto/baritone saxophonist Nick Ellman at Summer Camp, where we talked about New Orleans music, collaboration, accessibility, and more.

First of all, Shahin brought up the style and focus that the band draws from one of the most famous musical cities in the

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