Friday, December 16, 2011, 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm)

funkiest jazz—and jazziest funk

$20.50 advance / $22.50 at door

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December 16 8:00 pm

Mo'FoneWith its surprising and highly combustible lineup of two sax men and one drummer, Bay Area-based Mo’Fone thrills audiences with some of the funkiest jazz—and the jazziest funk—being played today. Powering its way through high-energy original compositions and navigating unexpected tunes by the likes of Weather Report, John Scofield, and Led Zeppelin, the trio's huge, multitextured sound belies its compact size.

Combining serious musicianship with an infectious sense of fun onstage, Mo'Fone grooves with abandon while keeping miraculously in balance, as each member of the band pushes his instrument well beyond its conventional role. Jim Paterson (Indigo Swing, Motordude Zydeco) provides mighty baritone sax and bass clarinet, Larry De La Cruz (Phil Woods, Bobby Hutcherson, the Temptations, Boca do Rio) plays alto sax, clarinet, and flute, and Jeremy Steinkoler completes the trio on drums.

Mo'Fone's groovy improvisations and original concept have earned them the award for Best Jazz Group in the 2008 East Bay Express Readers’ Poll, and secured them slots at the Monterey, San Francisco, and Sonoma Jazz Festivals. The trio was also nominated for Best Funk Band in the 2008 SF Weekly Music Awards.

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