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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, Mo’Fone explores the sonic landscape of its unique instrumentation with a relentless adventurousness, creating 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



Label: Evander Music
Released: 2014


Song of the Day

No Nugget

Label: Evander Music
Released: 2014
Duration: 06:42



Seven Evan (Live at the Freight & Salvage)

Featuring the music of Mo'Fone
Duration: 4:57

Mo'Fone, an award-winning trio of 2 saxes and drums, plays "Sideminder," and original composition by drummer Jeremy Steinkoler, live at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, CA.

News: Recording

Mo'Fone Releases "'Fonology"

Mo'Fone Releases "'Fonology"

Award-Winning Trio’s Third Album Release Party at Freight & Salvage, Berkeley, CA, Thursday, May 15 The award-winning saxophones-and-drums trio MO’FONE release their 3rd album, 'Fonology, with all new original compositions mixing meaty New Orleans Funk with Bay Area free-range Jazz. With Larry De La Cruz and Jim Peterson on saxophones and Jeremy Steinkoler on drums and ...


Article: Album Review

Mo'Fone: Sling Shot

Read "Sling Shot" reviewed by Ian Patterson

It must be challenging for Mo'Fone to secure gigs and, no doubt, many a venue refused them once the trio explained its lineup as two saxophones and drums. It's a setup sure to suggest an avant-garde trip or vaudeville novelty outing but the music on Sling Shot is, in fact, both tremendously listenable and serious. While ...


Sling Shot

Label: Evander Music
Released: 2008
Track listing: Wiggle; Sling Shot; Rock of Ages; Seven Evan; Simon; Say What; Crescent; Fool in the Rain; Kattywampus; Bee


Surf's Up

Label: Evander Music
Released: 2004
Track listing: Black Market, Crosswind, Flowers for Albert, On Call, Kool, Mera Dil Yeh Pukare / Man Dole Mera, Big Chief, View of the Valley, Surf's Up, African Market


Article: Album Review

Mo'Fone: Surf's Up

Read "Surf's Up" reviewed by Jim Nelson

Picking over my review of my first encounter with Mo'Fone way back in 2002, I come across this bone-grating comparison: “I mistook one piece as a cover of 'Pick Up the Pieces' without all that Average White Band aftertaste." I'm compelled to apologize to Mo'Fone for this mistake because, in hindsight, I see it's so patronizing. ...


Article: Live Review

Mo'Fone Delivers

Read "Mo'Fone Delivers" reviewed by Jim Nelson

The first Friday night of every month, The San Jose Museum of Modern Art hosts live music. The audience is a strange brew: young hipsters, brie-and-Chard museumgoers, dating retirees, and everyone in between. Even a few jazz fans show up. If they came at the beginning of May for Mo'Fone, they left more than impressed. Mo'Fone ...


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