Heaviest Feather (Jazz Mafia)
Jazz Mafia’s Heaviest Feather (HF) formed in 2017, performing that summer at high profile festivals including Oregon Eclipse/Symbiosis. The air tight octet brings together the Bay Area’s brightest rising stars alongside its most seasoned professionals. HF regularly presents fully customized shows featuring original and new music, and a who’s who of Bay Area vocalists, from all genres. HF has performed at Kennedy Center (in collaboration with GRAMMY-winning composer Mason Bates), SFJAZZ, Clusterfest (where they opened for Wu Tang Clan), Outsidelands SF, Oakland Art & Soul, and served as the house band for award winning circus show The Soiled Dove.
The distinct sound of HF is rooted in its five brass instruments, mixing those organic sounds with heavy EDM, hip hop, rock and world music. Soulful vocals are often added on top, and it all comes together to create something fresh, eclectic, and genre-defying. Each member of HF is an established and innovative writer/arranger, and each voice fuels the eclectic diversity that shines through in a typical HF set. Keeping up with who’s playing what instrument at any given time can be a dizzying experience, as many of the members bounce between two to four instruments in a set, as well as singing lead vocals.