Adam Theis, Jazz Mafia
Adam Theis is a multi-instrumentalist, producer, bandleader, and composer based in Oakland, CA, who plays trombone, trumpet, tuba, bass, keyboards and many other instruments. Theis has been an active member of the Bay Area music scene for the past 25 years. In 2000, he co-founded Jazz Mafia, an eclectic artist-collective of some of the most forward-thinking and
accomplished players in the fields of Electro, Hip-Hop, World, Classical and of course, Jazz. As Jazz Mafia’s director, Theis has assembled over 100 different live projects over the past 16 years and led or co-led dozens of acclaimed bands including: the Shotgun Wedding Quintet (Live/Hip-Hop Crossover), Realistic Orchestra (futuristic Big Band), Western Territory Project (Classical/Jazz Crossover), Subharmonic (electro/jazz), Brass Mafia (Brass Band) and the 50-piece Jazz Mafia Symphony.
Theis has produced and co-written music for notable artists such as Lyrics Born, Zion-I, Rebelution, Latyrx, Galactic, Ledisi, Blackalicious, and many more. As a sideman, he and his horn section have created interesting collaborations with a wide range of top-level artists including: Bobby McFerrin, Roy Ayers, Chali 2na, Booker T. Jones, Spearhead, Zigaboo Modeliste, Zap Mama, Eric Lindell, Dead Winter Carpenters, KRS One, Wax Tailor, The New Mastersounds, Peter Rowan, Coultrain, J Boogie’s Dubtronic Science, The Velvet Teen, and dozens more.
A creative force in the Bay Area music scene for 16 years, the collective of jazz instrumentalists, soul vocalists, HipHop MCs and composer/arrangers known as Jazz Mafia, has anchored itself as one of the most prolific musical organizations on the West Coast. Led by multi-instrumentalist Adam Theis, the Jazz Mafia has toured nationally, bringing a 40-piece Hip Hop orchestra to some of the largest Jazz Festivals of North America. At the same time, the collective has backed up and collaborated with some of the most respected names in the business, including: Lyrics Born, Ledisi, Blackalicious,Thomas Dolby, Santana, Big Freedia, Chali 2na, Martin Luther, DJ Qbert, Mixmaster Mike, Kid Koala, KRS One, Booker T, Eric Lindell, The New Mastersounds, as well as contributing horns and strings on over a hundred recordings.
Jazz Mafia’s current roster of projects includes: The Shotgun Wedding Quintet, Realistic Orchestra’s The Soiled Dove (Modern Circus w/ Vau De Vire), Adam Theis MOBtet, Cosa Nostra Strings, NOT a Brass Band, Jazz Mafia Plays Prince, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson.