The Jazz Mafia will be celebrating their 12 Year Anniversary on November 17th, 2012 in their hometown of San Francisco at the historic Fillmore Auditorium, just across town from the Mission District, where the collective formed in 2000 by bandleader Adam Theis. The show features special performances by each of theJazz Mafia artists and groups including The Jazz Mafia Symphony, Realistic Orchestra, The Shotgun Wedding Quintet, Adam Theis & SUBHARMONIC, Aima The Dreamer, Dublin, Soulati, Joe Bagale, and more. Very special guest DJ QBERT will be performing a solo set before joining the 35 piece Jazz Mafia Symphony for the grand finale.
"I'm so proud," says Theis as he looks back on the past 12 years of the Jazz Mafia. "I feel like we've helped a lot to break down musical barriers by encouraging collaboration across the genres of Jazz/Classical/World and Hip-Hop. There has never been a Jazz Mafia group that played derivative music, it would be too easy that way. We've always challenged ourselves, kept it eclectic, fresh, forward thinking with respect to the past and definitely gangster."
Theis states that there are more special guests to be added to the anniversary line up. "We're going to be bringing in many of the collaborators whom we've worked with through the years as special guests," says Theis. "Were still confirming many of them but as always expect some of the best talent in the world. "We'll also be featuring many visual/dance artists whom I've been connecting and collaborating with through my Treat Social Club Series that was started this year." That's all I can say for now!"
The Jazz Mafia has been very busy the past few years with their debut of the highly acclaimed symphony Brass, Bows, & Beats in 2010, and symphony #2, The Emperor Norton Suite, in 2011. That same year, the Jazz Mafia Symphony took TheEmperor Norton Suite on the road for the first time including a performance in front of 10,000 people at Summer Stage in Central Park with Roy Ayers, and a hometown show at the Stern Grove festival. The Jazz Mafia Symphony are currently gearing up to release their first studio album with The Emperor Norton Suite, the follow up to 2010's live Brass Bows & Beats album.
In 2010 the Jazz Mafia celebrated their 10 year anniversary, and completed their break-through summer tour where they performed "Brass, Bows & Beats" in front of tens of thousands at major festivals nationwide including the Montreal Jazz Festival, NewportJazz Festival, Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl, and the Monterey JazzFestival. The group's bold and interactive creativity and stage presence captivated audiences across the continent. Now, in 2012, they are captivating audiences across the country with "The Emperor Norton Suite".
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