MO'fone Plays the Meters 02/10 in San Francisco


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Mo'Fone Plays The Meters at SFJAZZ

The Meters

Hotplate is a new concept from SFJAZZ that features a different Bay Area artist each month, interpreting the music of their favorite jazz legend. This month, Mo'Fone pays tribute to The Meters for a pre-Mardi Gras bash.

Mo'Fone's unique instrumentation and lively sound has made them something of a local gem. Featuring a bari sax/alto sax/drums lineup with special guest horn section, Mo'Fone will pay tribute to The Meters, a band that has greatly influenced them and countless other musicians. The trio will augment their sound with an organ, guitar and electric bass for this show, but there will definitely be some stage time with the core members only.

When it comes to funk's founding fathers, everybody can cite names like James Brown and George Clinton. True scholars of the genre, however, would give just as much credit to the four musicians from New Orleans called The Meters. Combining influences such as soul, jazz and R&B, they developed a distinctly New Orleans style of funk that was unlike any other band playing at the time. While not jazz musicians themselves, The Meters were key players in the burgeoning funk scene of mid to late 60s that, along with greats like James Brown, Tower of Power and Sly and the Family Stone, inspired a paradigm shift. When the likes of Miles Davis, Tony Williams and Herbie Hancock heard the new sounds of these artists, they incorporated funky rhythms and forms into jazz.

Thursday, February 10, 2010, 9:00 p.m.
Cover charge is $5.00 and doors open at 8:00 p.m. with DJ Vinnie Esparza
Amnesia, 853 Valencia Street
San Francisco

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