Best Place to Go Beyond Jazz - 2010
Those who enjoy their jazz served with a side of boom-bap have been flocking to Yoshi's to see shows that walk the line between jazz and hip-hop. The "Beyond Jazz" series recently paired Fatlip (formerly of the Pharcyde) with local funkateers Bayonics, who provided live instrumentation. Fillmore lifestyle boutique Brooklyn Circus brought through Talib Kweli's space-rock side project, Idle Warship; and now Dan the Automator's "Audio Alchemy" series is pairing DJs like Mixmaster Mike and Kid Koala with artists like painter Mars-1 and instrumentalists Jazz Mafia's 45-piece hip-hop symphony, Brass, Bows and Beats I, which recently appeared at Yoshi's for a fundraiser. You think hip-hop is dead? Well, people have been calling jazz dead since the '40s. But any number of these shows would prove that rumors of the demise of hip-hop and jazz have been greatly exaggerated.