We're excited that Jazz Mafia Presents is curating the Main Stage at this years Oakland Art and Soul Festival!
1:00 – 2:00
Jazz Mafia Choral Syndicate
2:30 – 3:45
Jazz Mafia Bay Revue
Core Jazz Mafia band featuring Joe Bagale, Matt Wong, Ben Misterka, and Adam Theis. Special guests include Martin Luther, Tiffany Austin, and Gift of Gab fromBlackalicious, with more to be announced.
4:30 – 5:30
Tickets $6 - $18
Jazz Mafia's Crossroads Collective plays at Paella Fest!
$35 - $50
Treat your tastebuds & ear drums to a day party at The Great Northern, as a guest at the first annual PAELLA FEST!!!
Paella creations by Jackrabbit, from traditional to modern, seafood & meat to veggie. General tickets include three 4-oz samplers of Paella, with add'l servings & sides available for purchase.
Music provided by Jazz Mafia's Crossroad Collective. This Dusty Funk band was born at Burning Man 2010 & is now the biggest live music act on the playa. With influences from Prince, Parliament Funkadelic, James Brown, Stevie Wonder & Tower of Power, this high energy party band features a fierce lineup of talented vocalists & instrumentalists from the Bay Area, Los Angeles & Chicago.
Jackrabbit showcases the best of Northern California farms & ranches with globally influenced, thoughtfully sourced cuisine. You can find our food truck & catering serves around the Bay. Learn more at www.jackrabbitfast.com.
Moody’s Jazz Camp adds an essential dimension to our mountain town by bringing in world class musicians, who, through personalized mentoring, musical role-modeling, sharing the stage, and insisting on some heavy-hitting fun, guide our young people toward an appreciation for jazz and an intimacy with the art form’s inherent qualities: creativity, courage and the expression of individuality through musical ideas.
Moody’s Jazz Camp is the only tuition-free music summer camp in Truckee. Founded in 2005, it has served hundreds of our town’s youth, ages 9—18 years. Jazz Campers come from a variety of ethnic, socio-economic, educational, and musical backgrounds. All young people, without regard to musical talent, are welcome. JJ Morgan, co-owner of Moody’s Bistro in downtown Truckee, founded Moody’s Jazz Camp with a vision to bring to Truckee what he experienced in the Berkeley Public School system: a living respect for music and musicians. “The coolest kid in the school wasn’t the quarterback but the saxophonist,” Morgan said. Moody’s Jazz Camp seeks to eliminate all barriers to music for local kids. It aims to expose our mountain youth to world-class musicians, the culture of Jazz, to the collaboration required to make music, and to their own creative limitlessness.
Doors 7:30 || Show 8:00
$15 adv || $20 door
Oakland Symphony invites you to experience Mixtape – an experimental, boundary-pushing, musical series curated exclusively for Oakland. We’re gathering our favorite local artists together in intimate venues to explore the sights, sounds and voices of our town in a mashup of genres that defies boundaries and creates new connections between artists and audience.
Mixtape, Vol 4: Amplify is here to turn the volume up! Co-presented by the JCC East Bay, Amplify upholds historically marginalized and silenced voices, creating a space for expression and collaboration across genres and backgrounds. Co-curated by True Skool, Amplify showcases the talents of Hip Hop for Change Emcees Khafre Jay and Rico Pabon, each in a set of their own verses, backed by a collaboration of Jazz Mafia and Oakland Symphony players in a mashup of musical histories. With an a cappella chorus from Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir interwoven between sets through the evening singing traditional spirituals, Amplify will cross cultural and geographic backgrounds as the Symphony brings some of the best of Oakland up to Berkeley. Come together at the JCC East Bay for the last Mixtape of the season on June 14 at 7:30pm. Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at the door for this all ages show.
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.
12:30 - 1:30
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