Jazz, Lounge, & Cabaret, Soul, Funk, R&B, & Hip-Hop, All Ages

Jazz Mafia's Brass Bows & Beats A 45 Piece Hip Hop Symphony

Jazz Mafia

When: Sun., April 25, 3 & 7 p.m. 2010

Long known as a bandleader and gun for hire in the San Francisco jazz scene, Adam Theis cemented his reputation with Brass, Bows & Beats, a sixty-piece hip-hop symphony that he debuted at the Palace of Fine Arts in 2009. Theis developed the project over the course of a year and it's an absolute monster, combining jazz, funk, and electronica influences in a way that recalls older big-band traditions. Each movement has several themes that shift in tone and mood, helping advance a narrative about urban life and modernity. The band features several stars, too. Karyn Paige, Joe Bagale, local spoken-word emcee Dublin, and rapper Lyrics Born swap vocal parts, while members of Theis' Realistic Orchestra back them on horns and strings. Brass, Bows & Beats will grace Yoshi's San Francisco (1330 Fillmore St.) in slightly pared-down form (forty-five pieces, instead of sixty) this Sunday, Apr. 25. 3 & 7 p.m., $10-$35. Yoshis.com

Rachel Swan

Price: $25-$35, $10 kids for matinee

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