KittyPak @ Yerba Buena Gardens Fest
May
31
12:30 PM12:30

KittyPak @ Yerba Buena Gardens Fest

12:30 - 1:30

Free show!

Originally conceived as a platform for women’s artistry, Kitty Pak has evolved into an ongoing creative communion bringing together some of the most dynamic and inventive sonic explorers on the Bay Area scene. Led by Dakini Star, vocalist for Goddess Alchemy, Kitty Pak usually features a disparate array of women, and for this YBG Festival show the lineup is a veritable supergroup. Virtuoso Jazz Mafia violinist Shaina Evoniuk and trombonist/vocalist Sophie Powers provide the instrumental heft. Freestyle rapper, poet, singer and MC Aima The Dreamer dishes out the verse while DJ Lady Ryan lays out the aural architecture and New York-trained jazz vocalist Katrina Blackstone delivers scintillating soul. With their graceful delivery and intelligent lyricism, these women are reclaiming sensuality via consummate musical artistry

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Cosa Nostra + MC Infinite at Healdsburg Jazz Fest
Jun
6
6:00 PM18:00

Cosa Nostra + MC Infinite at Healdsburg Jazz Fest

6pm and 8pm shows

$65 includes dinner and show

What do you get when you throw together classical string players, a vocalist/spoken word/human beat box artist, a jazz trombonist, and hip sensibility? Well, the obvious answer is you get the Cosa Nostra Strings plus special guest Emcee Infinite. This outfit, playing two shows Spoonbar, is the latest brainchild of Adam Theis –  the aforementioned jazz trombonist – who is the instigator and top gun of an octopus-like organization called the Jazz Mafia.

Together for more than 15 years, the Jazz Mafia is like something you might get if you combined George Clinton, P.T. Barnum, Woody Herman’s Thundering Herd, and Sun Ra. In its lifetime this musical big tent, with Adam as ringleader, has spawned probably a dozen bands, including the Realistic Orchestra, the Brass Mafia, Shotgun Wedding, and now the Cosa Nostra Strings. Theis and his team are like the Borg from Star Trek: Next Generation, an unstoppable alien species that assimilates all civilizations it encounters – resistance is futile. Only unlike the Borg, these musicians are benevolent.

And cutting-edge. That’s the quality shared by all the Jazz Mafia subgroups – a commitment to breaking ground, frequently by absorbing trends in electronic music and hip hop. Theis brings a jazz sensibility to it all, which means the artists can play and the audience always knows it’s in good hands.

The Cosa Nostra Strings consist of three conservatory trained string players; Shaina Evoniuk on violin, Keith Lawrence on viola, Lewis Patzner on cello; an eclectic percussionist, Aaron Kierbel; and Emcee Infinite (a.k.a. Carlos Aguirre), a singer and spoken word artist and human beat box who can vocalize the sounds of an entire band.

Then there’s Theis himself, a trombone ace and talented composer who in 2008 won an Emerging Composer grant from the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation and William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to compose “Brass, Bows & Beats: A Hip Hop Symphony” consisting of 50 jazzers, orchestra players, and vocalists that toured around the country in 2009-2010. Adam is a Festival veteran. He first played the festival in 1999 with his group Cannonball.

Only six musicians will throw down at Spoonbar, but the dynamics will be more than enough to fill the room.

 

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Oakland Symphony with Jazz Mafia: W. Kamau Bell Playlist
Jan
19
8:00 PM20:00

Oakland Symphony with Jazz Mafia: W. Kamau Bell Playlist

Socio-political comedian, activist, and Emmy-nominated CNN host W. Kamau Bell kicks off our groundbreaking new series inviting the major thinkers of our time to host and curate a concert and give us unique insights into their passions. This series will be a musical  journey to unexpected and uncharted territory with Oakland Symphony, Jazz Mafia, and special guests Sólás B. Lalgee, Tossie Long, Zakiya Harris, Yvette Pylant, Moorea Dickason & MoeTar

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SHAINA E AT NOISE POP SHOWGA
Sep
17
12:00 PM12:00

SHAINA E AT NOISE POP SHOWGA

Showga is not a typical yoga class or show, but a festive fusion of the two.

During the 60 minute event there will be live music performed while participants are guided through yoga postures and visualization exercises. Leave feeling open, connected, energized, and inspired!

All levels welcome! Bring a mat if you have one!

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Jazz Mafia Presents // East Bay Live
Sep
14
8:00 PM20:00

Jazz Mafia Presents // East Bay Live

Jazz Mafia Presents
East Bay Live

A multidimensional night of music – featuring Otis McDonald, Kev Choice, and more – in the heart of downtown Oakland. Jazz Mafia cofounder and director Adam Theis curates this playful and forward-thinking celebration of the diverse East Bay music scene.

Jazz Mafia, founded in 2000, is a collective of the Bay Area’s most talented musicians, singers, and MCs, and combines original music with classic hip-hop, jazz, electronica, R&B, soul, and Afro-Cuban styles.

Ticket information coming soon!

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Cosa Nostra Strings at SFJAZZ Center
Sep
10
6:30 PM18:30

Cosa Nostra Strings at SFJAZZ Center

Opening Week: Women In Jazz Series- A multi-generational group of masterful instrumentalists bridging stylistic and cultural divides. 

Comprising a unique instrumentation of cello, viola, violin, trombone, bass, and percussion, the Cosa Nostra Strings are an offshoot of Adam Theis’ omnivorous Jazz Mafia conglomeration, performing an energetic mix of chamber music, funk, and jazz with an attitude rooted in punk rock. Featuring violinist Shaina Evoniuk, the group has collaborated with Martin Luther, the Roots, Parliament-Funkadelic, and many others.

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Undercover Presents a Tribute to Miles Davis
Aug
19
7:00 PM19:00

Undercover Presents a Tribute to Miles Davis

THE LINEUP
Side 1 - Broun Fellinis
Side 2 - Pc Muñoz
Side 3 - Kev Choice Ensemble
Side 4 - Alligator Spacewalk

Though it was not his first foray into electric fusion, Miles Davis’ 1970 album Bitches Brew hit the jazz world like a bolt of lightning. The revolutionary rock-influenced sound, electric instrumentation, and production techniques (including tape-splicing and looping) were both groundbreaking and immensely controversial. Selling over half a million copies, it was undoubtedly a phenomenon, sparking an age of experimentation in jazz. The fearless spirit of Davis’ work drives daring new interpretations by Broun Fellinis, PC Muñoz, Kev Choice, and Alligator Spacewalk. Each group will re-imagine one side of the double-disk album.
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The Summer Series
Over four nights this Summer at SFJAZZ, UnderCover Presents pays tribute to two legendary artists, one landmark album, and a seminal studio band. Each unique night, showcases 4 different Bay Area ensembles as they present bold reinterpretations of this iconic music.

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Undercover Presents a Tribute to Nina Simone
Aug
18
7:00 PM19:00

Undercover Presents a Tribute to Nina Simone

THE LINEUP:
Jazz Mafia's Realistic Orchestra
MoeTar
OSA Vocal Rush with Special Guests
Zakiya Harris + Sólás Burke-Lalgee of Elephantine

As a singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist, Simone left a poignant and highly personal mark on American music of the twentieth century. Combining jazz with gospel, classical, and pop influences, the “High Priestess of Soul” recorded over forty albums, mostly between 1958 and 1974. A carefully curated selection of her recordings are lovingly and wildly re-cast by Jazz Mafia’s experimental Realistic Orchestra, prog-pop-fusion virtuosos MoeTar, Zakiya Harris & Sólás Burke-Lalgee of Oakland-based Afro-eclectic soul ensemble Elephantine, and Oakland School for the Arts’ four-time national champion a cappella group, Vocal Rush. 

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The Summer Series
Over four nights this Summer at SFJAZZ, UnderCover Presents pays tribute to two legendary artists, one landmark album, and a seminal studio band. Each unique night, showcases 4 different Bay Area ensembles as they present bold reinterpretations of this iconic music.

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