Primary Instrument: Band/orchestra
With its surprising and highly combustible line-up of two saxmen and one drummer, the Bay Area-based group Mo’Fone has thrilled audiences with some of the funkiest jazz—and jazziest funk—being played today. Powering its way through inventive high-energy original compositions and navigating unexpected tunes by the likes of Weather Report, John Scofield, and Led Zeppelin, Mo’Fone makes a huge sound that belies its compact size.
Combining serious musicianship with an infectious sense of fun onstage, Mo’Fone also manages to groove with abandon while keeping miraculously in balance, as each member of the band pushes his instrument well beyond its role in a more traditional trio. What’s more, Mo’Fone delivers adventurous riffs and grooves, while achieving a sound that’s not only accessible, but instantly addictive. Their 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, in addition to gigs at the Bay Area’s premier live music venues....
Awards:Voted Best Jazz Group, 2008 & 2012 East Bay Express Readers Poll Nominated, Best Funk Band 2008 SF Weekly Awards Preformed at Monterey Jazz Festival San Francisco Jazz Festival.
If Mo'Fone doesn't blow your socks off, you're not paying attention. - allaboutjazz.com
One of the hottest bands to surface in a long while -jazzwest.com
My favorite album of the year by far - Contra Costa Times
Snaps and crackles like James Brown's Famous Flames mixed with a New Orleans second line. - jazzweekly.com
Like a furious detachment of the Tower of Power horns. - ejazznews.com
Mo'Fone puts the fun back in funk! — JazzTimes
A powerhouse to be reckoned with... in a word, Mo'Fone delivers! - allaboutjazz.com
Sling Shot (Evander Music, 2008)
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