When it comes to jazz, Adam Theis can’t and most certainly won’t stop. The multi-instrumentalist (horns, electric bass, bass, tuba, and trumpet) and his much praised jazz collective The SF Jazz Mafia (named SF Weekly’s best weekly music night multiple times) have had a busy run in the past few years. In 2010, the group, headed by Theis, debuted their heavily lauded symphony entitled “Brass, Bows, & Beats,” a stunning effort in the field of hip-hop-meets-classical (yes, such a thing does exist). Theis’ hip-hop credentials don’t end there—he has been known to work with rap luminaries as the legendary KRS-ONE and Bay Area hip-hop stalwarts Hieroglyphics.
If a philharmonic orchestra married a big band and kept its street rap mistress in the attic, you’d have something approaching the Jazz Mafia sound. And one hell of a dysfunctional family dynamic. Playing Stern Grove this weekend, Jazz Mafia's electric blend of funk, soul, and brass will continue to defy genre with all its funky brass heart.