The New Bop Brigade, also known as the NBB, was founded in 2002 by bassist Steve Messick and pianist David Franklin. The NBB performed post-bop compositions by Messick and Franklin inspired by the works of Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock from the mid 60s.
The New Bop Brigade played fourteen shows in Seattle between 2002 and 2008. The first performance of the NBB in August 2002 featured Chris Stover on trombone, David Franklin on piano, Steve Messick on bass, and Ken French on drums. Travis Ranney joined the NBB on tenor sax later in 2002.
In 2005, the NBB released New Bop Brigade, containing eight tracks of original jazz written by Messick and Franklin. After their CD release party in 2006, the NBB went dormant for two years.
In July 2008, the NBB came back as a quartet with Ranney on tenor sax, and in September 2008 baritone saxophonist Matso Limtiaco was added for the NBB's final performance. This new line up would become the Endemic Ensemble in 2010.