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Suite San Francisco

by Jazz Mafia, Jazz Mafia Symphony

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We - are the subjects of Emperor Norton the first, He - saw into the future and some, called it a curse, We - Wait for his words from the past, put them to verse, See - Which prophecies come to pass, and then disperse, We- Ask everybody be cool, calm and collected, When the ghost of the emperor appears, and is reflected, In the eyes of the audience here, and then injected, In the stories and the songs that we share, it’s all connects, So - Light up your candles and bring the lights low, There’s a ghost in the music who’s name you might know, Who envisioned that the bridge and the tunnel they might go, Through the bay one hundred years before to night so, Put all your gas lamps on low, We’ll tell you all about this, Put all your gas lamps on low, Some of you might doubt this, Put all your cell phones on hold, At times we scream and shout this, Sit back and act like you know, See we’re all about this We - are the subjects of Emperor Norton the first, He - saw into the future and some, called it a curse, We - Wait for his words from the past, put them to verse, See - Which prophecies come to pass, and then disperse, Free!
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Lady Luck Part One Lyrics Intro:  Yeah etc… V1 Me and Lady Luck we got a love hate thing The way she rock my world is embarrassing Broken promises and many fiery rings to jump through Roll the dice lay everything on the line All the while I’m run-in outta borrowed time Diggin in my empty pockets just can’t seem to find you Chorus 1 It comes so easy (It comes and goes to easy to me) It comes and goes so easy (It comes and goes to easy to me) It comes so easy (It comes and goes to easy to me) It comes and goes so easy (It comes and goes to easy to me) (Rap) Chorus 2 You’re blowing like the wind We’re lovers but not friends You got me wonderin' If this world is mine (Just what world is mine) If This World is mine (This World is mine)
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The story of a “lost album” from a decade ago:
10 Years ago a dozen of Jazz Mafia’s core writers and producers collaborated on epic work of music as our follow-up to Brass, Bows & Beats Hip-Hop Symphony. This was to be our second suite exploring intersections of Hip-Hop, Jazz and Orchestral music, inspired by and set in our beloved San Francisco. In early 2012, four months of weekly writing sessions wrapped up and we went into the studio to record the album which would be released that summer and supported by our festival shows.  Shortly thereafter the hard drives were stolen in a break-in at our manager’s studio and everything, including the backups were gone. Over the years, we’ve worked to put many of the pieces back together by painstakingly recreating the original skeletons and even re-recording the orchestra on some tracks. This music marks an important time in Bay Area musical history - and a paramount opus of work by our collective.
Suite San Francisco was born out of a mutual passion shared by many of our core composers for historical San Francisco events; both recent and distant. Emperor Norton ends up being the inspiration behind two tracks “Love Riot” and “Subjects of Norton”.  “Lady Luck” and “Listen” are takes on the high stakes risk and reward of early gold-rush settlers in the area as well as the “have/have not” duality of the modern SF tech boom and skyscraper era.
- Adam Theis July 2022

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released July 20, 2022

Written by:
Adam Theis, Otis McDonald, Crystal Monee Hall, Aima The Dreamer, Dublin, Soulati, Eric Garland, Brandon Werlin, Gerald Korte, Jeanne Geiger, Colin Hogan

Mixed by Ben Yonas, Otis McDonald and Chris Fletcher
Mastered by Chris Fletcher
Produced by Ben Yonas, Adam Theis & Otis McDonald

Recorded at
Plymouth Church of Jazz and Justice in Oakland, CA
Fantasy Studios in Berkley, CA
Jazz Mafia Compound in Oakland, CA

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Jazz Mafia is a collective of adventurous musicians, composers and producers. Our music, media, and curated experiences fuse elements of joy, mystery, and wonder, intended to make you move and make you think.

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