Review + Photos: Jazz Mafia’s “Future Standard” at the Pod Patio

Jazz Mafia's “Future Standard” (photo: Jon Bauer) Jazz Mafia’s “Future Standard” explores the world of current pop music through the lens of the jazz musician. This tradition of reshaping popular songs goes back as far as the roots of jazz: A popular song gets reimagined by musicians outside of the pop genre (in this case, incorporating improvisation), which then gets recorded, sampled, and incorporated into the next generation of pop music...and a cycle is born. Thus the music of Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish & Little Dragon (etc.,) are the standards of the future. Tune in (for free) to Jazz Mafia Tuesdays [...]

By |April 8, 2021|Tags: |

Review + Photos: Cosa Nostra Strings at the “Pod Patio”

Cosa Nostra Strings (photo: Jon Bauer) Here and there around the Bay Area, shows are still happening — with some obvious changes to the usual live-music experience. Here's what it was like for our photographer Jon to experience Jazz Mafia's Cosa Nostra Strings' new "Pod Patio" series, performed in a backyard in Oakland and livestreamed to YouTube. This week featured Lilan Kane on vocals. Seats for you and your pod at future concerts will be raffled off weekly — keep an eye on Jazz Mafia's Instagram for more info.

Review + Photos: Jazz Mafia plays Miles Davis’ ‘Birth of the Cool’ at SFJAZZ Center

Jazz Mafia (photo: Jon Bauer) Jazz Mafia, led by Adam Theis, performed Miles Davis' Birth Of the Cool at The SFJAZZ Center on Friday night. The sold-out crowd was treated to an hour of this "musical experiment" masterpiece that was made in the '40s and '50s by jazz greats like Miles Davis, Gil Evans, Gerry Mulligan, and John Lewis. Theis provided his own thoughts on his personal musical discovery and journey with this masterpiece of classic be-bop. Tracks such as "Israel," "Venus de Milo," and "Budo" were played with Jazz Mafia customized touches. SFJAZZ featured this show in their 100-person Joe [...]

By |January 30, 2017|Tags: , |

Ticket Giveaway: Jazz Mafia’s Brass, Bows and Beats @ Yoshi’s Sunday

This Sunday, April 25th, Yoshi's in San Francisco will host Jazz Mafia's Brass, Bows and Beats, a local hip-hop symphony. The 45-piece collective have found success since their 2009 Bay Area premiere, selling out seven shows and now gearing up for a North American tour in 2010. The above video is a 10-minute clip compiled from footage of last year's shows. Jazz Mafia's Brass, Bows and Beats will play two sets at Yoshi's on Sunday, and funds raised from the shows will aid in covering costs for the upcoming summer tour. There will be a 3:00 pm kids matinee ($10 for [...]

By |April 20, 2010|Tags: |
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