Mo'Fone

(USA)


Date and Time: Friday May 26, 7:00 PM
Duration: 90 mins, without intermission, (shared bill with The Amber and Sharman Duran Trio)
Location: Chapel

Ticket Information


General Admission: $25
Children under 18: $12.50
Discounts: Full time students with ID and Seniors, $4 off cover price 
Limited early bird tickets available until March 31 from $12.50

Festival Pass


If you miss our early bird offerings, take advantage of our Festival Pass and see five shows for $70.00

Acknowledgments

Jeremy Steinkoler: Drums and Percussion
Jim Peterson: Saxophones, Clarinets, Flute
Larry de la Cruz: Saxophones, Clarinets, Flute Percussion

Artist Information


Website
http://www.mofone.net

Work Sample





Mo'Fone

With its surprising and highly combustible line-up of two saxmen and one drummer, the Oakland-based group Mo’Fone has thrilled audiences with some of the funkiest jazz—and jazziest funk—being played today. Powering its way through inventive high-energy original compositions, Mo’Fone explores the sonic landscape of its unique instrumentation with a relentless adventurousness, creating a huge sound that belies its compact size.

Combining serious musicianship with an infectious sense of fun onstage, Mo’Fone also manages to groove with abandon while keeping miraculously in balance, as each member of the band pushes his instrument well beyond its role in a more traditional trio. What’s more, Mo’Fone delivers adventurous riffs and grooves, while achieving a sound that’s not only accessible, but instantly addictive. Their groovy improvisations and original concept have twice earned them the award for Best Jazz Group in the 2008 & 2012 East Bay Express Readers’ Poll, and secured them repeated slots at the Monterey, San Francisco and Sonoma Jazz Festivals, in addition to gigs at the Bay Area’s premier live music venues. The group was also nominated for Best Funk Band in the 2008 SF Weekly Music Awards.

ARTIST BIOS

A healthy portion of that driving sound comes from the mighty baritone sax and bass clarinet of Jim Peterson, alternating seamlessly between funky bass lines and powerful melodic riffs. A stalwart of the Bay Area scene for more than 20 years, Jim is a veteran of leading bands like Mitch Woods and His Rocket 88s, Indigo Swing, and Motordude Zydeco. Soaring overhead on alto sax, clarinet and flute is Larry de la Cruz whose own impressive résumé includes stints with Phil Woods, Bobby Hutcherson, the Temptations, Boca do Rio, and Doc Severinsen. Completing the Mo’Fone magic is drummer Jeremy Steinkoler, “a master of second line syncopation” (SF Bay Guardian) whose orchestral approach to percussion drives the trio’s turn-on-a-dime dynamics and gives Mo’Fone its third ceaselessly inventive solo voice.
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