This 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.
Adam Theis (pronounced “Thēese”) is a multi-instrumentalist, producer, bandleader and composer based in Oakland, CA who plays trombone, trumpet, tuba, bass, keyboards and anything/everything else he can get his hands on. In 2000, Theis 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, Adam has assembled over 100 different live projects over the past 17 years and led/co-led dozens of acclaimed bands. He is also the Director of SFJAZZ’s Monday Night Band, Director of the Truckee Jazz Camp, and winner of the Gerbode-Hewlett Foundation’s “Emerging Composer” Grant.
Theis has produced and co-written music for notable artists such as Lyrics Born, Zion-I, Rebelution, Latyrx, Galactic, Ledesi, Blackalicious and many more. As a sideman, Adam and his horn section have created eclectic 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 Master Sounds, Peter Rowan, Coultrain, J Boogie’s Dubtronic Science, The Velvet Teen and dozens more.
Adam’s commitment and dedication to bringing high quality, creative, independent, and diverse music to the Bay Area and beyond has been the at center of the Jazz Mafia movement. He is a cornerstone of the music community and has shaped the sound of San Francisco, influenced the lives and careers of hundreds of musicians, and inspired audiences all over the world with his music and leadership.