In 2018 saxophonist Benjamin Herman celebrated his 50th birthday with the release of multiple albums, one of them is Bughouse. With this project, Benjamin Herman fulfills his long cherished wish of combining his first musical loves, punk and jazz. “For years I had this plan in my head. I could just not find the right musicians”. After a meeting with drummer Olav van den Berg (Seein’ Red, Lärm, The Marxbros) everything seemed to fall in place. With the addition of guitarist Reiner Baas and bassist Peter Peskens (Jungle By Night, the Mysterons) the line-up was completed. This resulted in 20 banging compositions with an average length of 2 minutes each.
Although he’s mostly known as jazz musician, Benjamin was heavily influenced by the DIY (do it yourself) mentality that blew over from England with punk music from the late 70’s. “When I started playing, around 9 years old, there were small bands everywhere who pressed their own records and booked their own gigs. That’s what I have always admired and it motivated me as a teenager to make music by myself on my own terms.”
Another influence is the young deceased British saxophonist Xero Slingsby who resided in Amsterdam during the late 80’s. The rebellious musician who often played with a close trio on the streets during summer time. “His symbiosis of free jazz and punk and the attitude by which he performed spoke to me much more than the jazz played on the radio and television. Furthermore, as a young musician I was very charmed by the swag and style of John Lurie from The Lounge Lizards, a saxophonist and actor who enjoyed a lot of fame for his rolls in the movies of Jim Jarmusch.”