They call it doo-hop.
It's one way to describe Stoop Kids, the New Orleans-based band of Loyola University undergraduates who blend hip-hop, jazz and doo-wop seamlessly into their samples and original songs.
The Stoop Kids' first full-length, 13-song album, "What a World," is available for free online.
DO caught up with Tom Eisenhood, baritone saxophonist and vocalist, prior to their Dec. 20 show at the Sentient Bean.
What is doo-hop?
Eisenhood: It's our sort of catchphrase - doo-hop and everything in between.
The recorded music is more specifically doo-hop; the live show is a little bit different. It's definitely funky, groovy - we try to keep a groove going a lot of the time. That's sort of our go-to thing, just establishing a solid groove with a hip-hop verse through samples.
We'll have some songs that are more jazzy, more low-key, sort of chill. Then other songs that have got a little edge.
We have a lot of sample-based songs that sample older jazz and doo-wop songs with a hip-hop beat on top of that.
Our lead singer, rapper, guitarist, frontman sort of does all of that stuff, puts it together and records everything.
Living in New Orleans, does the jazz scene there influence how/what you play?
We try to play to that crowd, especially when we play here.
We incorporate New Orleans-style features into our songs - brass band backbeat going on.
I, especially as the horn player, listen to a lot of that kind of stuff. I play like that to some extent. So I think it definitely has an influence, for sure.
Will this be your first time traveling out of state?
This is our first time in Georgia, but we do try to travel as much as we can.
You know, we can only play so many shows in town before people start getting sick of you. (Laughs.)
We try to spread it out a little bit.
We have a couple shows in Jacksonville before the Savannah show, and that's our first time in Florida, too.
We're trying to make our presence known in the South, for now.
And y'all are in classes now?
We're taking finals. Then we're gonna be done. That's when we're gonna head out.
Kinda like a end-of-semester celebration?
Yeah, exactly. (Laughs.)
What kind of set do you have planned for Savannah?
It changes so much when we all get together and start trying to play it live.
It becomes its own thing. It's really cool what comes out of that.
What's in store for the future?
We're trying to expand out of New Orleans, trying not to spread ourselves too thin.
It's something that we all really want to pursue after college.
We're all gonna be seniors next year, so we're trying to set ourselves up to come up with another album, to set us up for once we graduate.
Hopefully, that will give us some momentum to go forward and really make something out of it.