Jazz Mafia’s newest band Heaviest Feather pays tribute to the classic women of hip-hop, from Lauryn Hill and Missy Elliot to Lil Kim and Eve, with this evening of high-energy originals and re-imagined cover songs with special guests Aima The Dreamer & Dakini Star.
Shortly after its formation in 2017, the brass-heavy octet of Jazz Mafia veterans and rising stars has already made rounds of the West Coast festival circuit and is known for its rollicking, theatrical approach. Debuting at Jazz Mafia’s “Live Mixtape” series in 2018 and recently selling out SFJAZZ, this project dedicated to the great female artists of hip-hop is a non-stop dance party experience made up of new arrangements of the guest MCs original material and mash-ups of classic hip-hop jams.
“Featuring numbers by Lauryn Hill, Lil’ Kim and others — arranged for a hybrid brass band that draws on electronic music and African beats — and original material by guest rappers Aima the Dreamer and Dakini Star.” San Francisco Chronicle
“The Mafia’s trademark mix ’n’ mash of funk, hip-hop and jazz embraces the genre-crossing tradition of great Bay Area bands like Tower of Power and Santana.” San Francisco Chronicle