|Jazz Mafia performing Brass, Bows & Beats|
SF Weekly: Ian S. Port (http://blogs.sfweekly.com/shookdown/2010/11/win_tickets_to_the_final_perfo.php)
What's a hip-hop symphony, you ask? Well for one thing, it's a major musical event -- Jazz Mafia mastermind Adam Theis premiered his Brass, Bows, & Beats at the Palace of Fine Arts in 2009, and later took it to the Montreal Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, and to the Hollywood Bowl, among other esteemed locales. More to the point, it's a longish piece of music structured like a symphony but with elements of jazz, hip-hop, Latin rhythm, balladry, and improvisation, written for 45 musicians and conducted by Theis himself.