Cosa Nostra Strings: Hip-Hop Meets Jazz Meets Classical
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CANCELED: Cosa Nostra Strings

Hip-Hop Meets Jazz Meets Classical w/ Guest Mani Draper

MAY 1–3 | Jazz Mafia Presents

May 02, 2020
Joe Henderson Lab

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ALL SFJAZZ SHOWS AND EVENTS CANCELED THROUGH AUGUST 16

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we have made the decision to cancel the remainder of the 2019–20 Season, including all shows and education events that were previously scheduled from March 11–May 31, the 38th Annual San Francisco Jazz Festival, which was scheduled from June 9–21, and Summer Sessions 2020 which was scheduled from July 9–August 16.

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The chamber ensemble melds the worlds of hip-hop, jazz & classical in this new collaboration with Richmond-based rapper Mani Draper.

ABOUT COSA NOSTRA STRINGS
Comprising a unique instrumentation of cello, viola, violin, trombone, bass, and percussion, the Cosa Nostra Strings are an offshoot of Adam Theis’ omnivorous Jazz Mafia conglomeration, a quintet of conservatory-trained classical musicians performing an energetic mix of chamber music, funk, and jazz with an attitude rooted in punk rock. They have collaborated with members of The Roots, Blackalicious, Beats Antique, vocalist Lilan Kane, and many of the in-demand rap artists on the West Coast. Their multi-night residency showcases the diversity of this unconventional ensemble, featuring violinist Shaina Evoniuk, violist Keith Lawrence, cellist Lewis Pazner, percussionist Aaron Kierbel, and Jazz Mafia ringleader Adam Theis on trombone and bass.

As an organization governed by a radically embracing ethos, the Jazz Mafia is the antithesis of a criminal enterprise. A trombonist, bassist, arranger, composer and inveterate band-builder, Theis seeks to welcome all comers stylistically and demographically, while the band makes the most of whatever it has to offer. It’s a conspiracy of generosity.

The Mercury News

As an organization governed by a radically embracing ethos, the Jazz Mafia is the antithesis of a criminal enterprise. A trombonist, bassist, arranger, composer and inveterate band-builder, Theis seeks to welcome all comers stylistically and demographically, while the band makes the most of whatever it has to offer. It’s a conspiracy of generosity.

The Mercury News

Personnel

Shaina Evoniuk violin
Keith Lawrence viola
Lewis Pazner cello
Adam Theis trombone & bass
Aaron Kierbel cajon & percussion

SPECIAL GUEST
Mani Draper spoken word

Jazz Mafia’s trademark mix ’n’ mash of funk, hip-hop and jazz embraces the genre-crossing tradition of great Bay Area bands like Tower of Power and Santana.

San Francisco Chronicle

Personnel

Shaina Evoniuk violin
Keith Lawrence viola
Lewis Pazner cello
Adam Theis trombone & bass
Aaron Kierbel cajon & percussion

SPECIAL GUEST
Mani Draper spoken word

Jazz Mafia’s trademark mix ’n’ mash of funk, hip-hop and jazz embraces the genre-crossing tradition of great Bay Area bands like Tower of Power and Santana.

San Francisco Chronicle

Watch & Listen

Cosa Nostra Strings

Refuge

Mani Draper

Ol' Money

Cosa Nostra Strings

Refuge

Mani Draper

Ol' Money