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Mobtet Ft. Wil Blades

  • Black Cat SF 400 Eddy Street San Francisco, CA, 94109 United States (map)

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The MOBtet ensemble features the hottest emerging talent in multi-instrumental and multi-genre performance in the Bay Area. Not only does the group blend a wide array of musical styles, but they also bring the audience on a musical expedition by creating vastly different sound worlds for each song through the use of various instrumentation and electronic sounds. This approach mixed with high level improvisation and solid songwriting is the MOBtet sound.

Members of the band fulfill numerous roles and play at least two instruments. In any given MOBtet set, you'll hear trombone, trumpet, saxes, flute, didgereedoo, conch shells, electronics, samplers, bass, synths/organ/keyboards, drums, and vocals.

Adam Theis has led this quartet at numerous festivals around the Bay Area including: KCSM's Jazz on the Hill, Healdsburg Jazz Festival, and the San Jose Jazz Festival. The band has also opened for sold out club shows including a two night run with Robert Glasper. 

About the artists:

Adam Theis is a multi-instrumentalist bandleader/composer/producer who plays trombone, bass, trumpet, tuba and keyboards. Adam has been an active member of the San Francisco Bay Area music scene for the past 20+ years. In 2000 Adam co-founded Jazz Mafia, an eclectic artist-collective of some of the top players of Electro, Hip-Hop and of course Jazz, in the Bay Area. As Jazz Mafia’s leader, Adam has assembled nearly 100 different live projects over the past 14 years and led dozens of successful and acclaimed bands including Shotgun Wedding Quintet, Realistic Orchestra, Western Territory Project, Brass Mafia, Subharmonic and the 50 piece Hip-Hop Symphony.

No less a jazz organ authority than the legendary Dr. Lonnie Smith has called Wil Blades “the future,” anointing him the heir apparent to “carry on the legend [and] the legacy of the organ, of the B-3.”

Blades shoulders that responsibility with nonchalant virtuosity and infectious groove on his second recording, Field Notes (out August 19 from The Royal Potato Family). The album’s nine songs report back from the rich incubator that is the road, with pieces written from snippets recorded at soundchecks, gigs and jam sessions—field recordings of the jazz trio in its natural habitat. On his first full trio outing, Blades is joined by guitarist Jeff Parker (Tortoise, Joey DeFrancesco, Joshua Redman) and drummer Simon Lott (Charlie Hunter, Will Bernard), both musicians who share Blades’ grounding in tradition and urge to push it forward.

Earlier Event: August 8
Tommy Igoe "Art of Jazz"
Later Event: August 9
The Cosmo Alleycats