crÜ world order
Meet The CrÜ
crÜ world order
Meet The CrÜ
ZOO + CRÜ
noun. /zoo/ /krew/
ZOOCRÜ formed amidst the thriving music and arts community of Durham, North Carolina. Common interests and experiences brought founding members Jonathan Curry, Christian Sharp and Alan Thompson together on the campus of North Carolina Central University in 2012 for early collaborations that were fruitful, musically stimulating and set the foundations for the group. Russell Favret was added in 2014, and as a complete unit the band has ascended to new musical platforms.
ZOOCRÜ creates from the core belief that all American music is born from the seeds of Black music. Drawing from this rich musical legacy, ZOOCRÜ blends all popular American genres into a sound best described as Black American music. Jazz serves as the foundation, as all the members are classically trained jazz musicians, and is built upon with elements of hip hop, blues, rock and gospel. They were particularly influenced by artists such as Roy Ayers, Thelonious Monk A Tribe Called Quest, J Dilla, Jimi Hendrix, Wu-tang Clan, Radiohead, Herbie Hancock, and Miles Davis. Infuse that with the geographic and cultural diversity that each member brings and you have the ZOOCRÜ sound.
But it’s bigger than the music for this group. They are well aware of the moment they are living in and believe that it is their purpose to create art that is equal parts anthem and affirmation; sounds that heal the broken, tunes to honor the fallen and creating sonic space for all in the Crü World Order.
Born July 1st 1991 in Rahway, NJ, Jonathan started his musical career at the early age of eight months old when he would bang on pots and pans. His parents quickly noticed his passion and pushed him toward it. He began playing drums at church at 12 years old and by the time he was 16, he had decided to pursue music professionally. Jonathan joined the jazz band and marching bands his senior year in high school and went on to study Jazz and Music Industry at North Carolina Central University. Since Moving to North Carolina, Jonathan has had the opportunity to play with artists such as Branford Marsalis, Christian Scott (Atunde Adjuah), Akuah Allrich, Marvin Sapp, Benny Golson, Cyrus Chestnut, John Ellis and Kate McGarry just to name a few. He believes that he must use his artistic ability to continue the ongoing fight for freedom and liberation of all peoples.
Russell Favret is a guitarist currently residing in the Durham NC area. He received a degree in Jazz Studies from Florida State University where he studied with bassist Rodney Jordan and guitarist Leo Welch. Alongside of his studies, he had the opportunity to perform with many different artists in a variety of settings. Highlights include a performance with trumpeter Sean Jones in a quintet playing original music of his, and two sets with an octet at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola in New York City. Today Russell Favret performs regularly in Durham and surrounding areas.
Born and raised in Buffalo, New York, Christian found a love for music at an early age. It was not until he moved to Greenville, South Carolina and started playing bass guitar at age 14 that he truly found his passion. During high school he decided to be a professional musician, so he got serious about music and worked hard. In 2010, he received a full scholarship to North Carolina Central University to study music. He has since graduated, has recorded with Branford Marsalis and Frank McCoy and teaches music at a local elementary school.