Who would have thought at the beginning of the 1990s that the coolest sounds of the decade would come from Braunschweig? It was here, in the south-eastern corner of Lower Saxony, that Jazzkantine formed in 1993. Inspired by the legendary US formation Jazzmatazz, the nine musicians fused jazz and hip-hop. Smart compositions of their own and covers of “Take Five” and “Highway to Hell” – everything is possible in the expansive cosmos of Jazzkantine, who have now given more than 1,500 concerts since they formed. They’ve won the Echo Award, they’ve set theatrical and ballet works to music, and they now – with smooth beats, full bass and piercing brass – bring back the sound that dominated clubs in the 1970s. Their latest album is called Discotheque. Fred Wesley once said: “Disco music is funk with a bow-tie.” But bow-tie or not – Jazzkantine is guaranteed to get any crowd fired up.