Brass Mafia Live at the Fillmore St. Jazz Festival

July 2, 2006

Here’s my next installment from the 2006 Fillmore Street Jazz Fest. The Brass Mafia headlined the last slot at 4pm on Sunday’s schedule at the Sutter Street Stage, and boy was it worth the wait! These guys are part of the Jazz Mafia collective, and they sure know how to have a stompin’ good time!

The band features ringleader Adam Theis on the oh-so-low sousaphone, Joe Cohen on the tenor and bari saxes, Mike Olmos blasting on trumpet, and Pat Korte thumping on drums. And if that wasn’t enough, they were also joined by special guests Will Bernard on guitar/banjo, Doug Beavers on trombone, and Matt Lucas playing percussion. As can be imagined with that kind of lineup, their two sets brought the Sutter Street Stage to a festival-ending climax on Sunday with a mix of original compositions and some truly awesome medleys and arrangements of a few classics that included material from Fela Kuti and the Skatalites.

Their last (official) track of the day invited rappers Dublin, Orukusaki, Jebediah, Natron, and Seneca on stage for a 10-minute medley that mixed live jazz, hip hop, and improvisation in all it’s new-school glory. But, little did the crowd expect, when the six o’ clock ending time came and past, the boys just kept on playing by grabbing a snare drum, bass drum, and their brass instruments and heading out into the crowd New Orleans marching-band style! It was fantastic, and it whipped the fans into a frenzy — what a great way to end the weekend’s festivities! So, check out my photos above, and the videos and audio files below to get a taste of what their performance was like on Sunday. And whatever you do, make sure to go see these guys live sometime, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

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Audio Tracks
Do Like Eddie / Soulful Strut
Rocky / The Model / 80’s Mekka Medley
Fela Kuti Medley: Colonial Mentality / Rofroro Fight
“It’s Hard Work”
Whoopin’ Blues
Confucious / Outkast
Brass Mafia Theme
Rappers Intro
Hip-Hop Medley


Tags: Adam-Theis, Bay-Area, Brass-Mafia, Fillmore-Street, Jazz, Jazz-Festival, Jazz-Mafia, Joe-Cohen, Joel-Behrman, Live-Music, Mike-Olmos, Pat-Korte, San-Francisco


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