Mose Allison and Bob Dorough: Jazz Singer-Songwriters at Yoshi's Oakland
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The last date listed for Mose Allison and Bob Dorough was Sunday July 5, 2009 / 7:00pm.
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For a jazz lover, this concert was like tiramisu to a dessert lover! Bob Dorough is genius and brings such a wealth of experience and jazz history to the stage. And, Mose was his quirky, funny self! It was a privelege to see these two in a venue...continued
As a singer, songwriter, and pianist, Mose Allison is sui generis: he’s steeped in the blues and jazz and boogie, but he’s a stone original. Since his 1956 recording debut for Prestige — Back Country Suite, which evoked his native Mississippi and met with unanimous critical acclaim — Allison has been part of the international musical landscape. He’s worked with Stan Getz, Zoot Sims, and Al Cohn, as well as his own trio (with which he’ll perform at Yoshi’s), and he continues to write extraordinary songs that have been covered by Van Morrison, Bonnie Raitt, Elvis Costello, and many others. (Time Out has noted “his gift for writing a song with a sting in the tail.”) His most recent Grammy nomination was for Mose Chronicles: Live in London, vol. 1 (Blue Note).
Bob Dorough’s first record album (Devil May Care, released on Bethlehem in 1956) caused quite a stir. The buzz has continued over nearly five decades since then, with Dorough recordings issued on a variety of labels, both large and tiny. Along the way, Bob became the first – and the last – halfway decent singer to appear on a Miles Davis record. Among Bob’s more illustrious songwriting collaborators over the years have been Fran Landesman and Dave Frishberg. His tunes now appear on albums recorded by dozens of other vocalists – and many have found special favor as instrumentals, too. The pianist and vocalist is known for his work as the musical director for Schoolhouse Rock, a series of children’s videos on ABC-TV in the 70’s and 80’s. Bob handled the music for about fifty of these timeless little classics. He’s still writing great songs, too. Most important, though, he continues to delight audiences in clubs and concert halls on several continents. As throngs of admirers worldwide can testify, Bob Dorough is only now reaching his prime.
About the Ticket Supplier: Yoshi's OaklandYoshi's began in 1973 as a small, North Berkeley sushi bar owned by a trio of struggling students with plenty of dreams. Its founder and namesake, Yoshie Akiba, orphaned during World War II, came to the U.S. to study fine arts, dance and dance therapy. She opened Yoshi's Japanese Restaurant with her two best friends Kaz Kajimura, a journalist and carpenter, and Hiroyuki Hori, a painter and Japanese cook. The original North-Berkeley, 25-seat restaurant quickly became successful and by 1977 the three partners moved to a larger space on Claremont Avenue in Oakland and began introducing live music in their restaurant. Over the next 20 years, Yoshi's built itself into one of the world's most respected jazz venues and won a reputation as the Bay Area's premier location for people who were looking for great food and the best jazz. Yoshi's has hosted legendary jazz greats such as Betty Carter, Max Roach, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Williams, Diana Krall, Branford Marsalis, McCoy Tyner, Harry Connick Jr. and Oscar Peterson among hundreds of others.
In 1997, Yoshi's was invited by the Port of Oakland to relocate to Jack London Square as part of a plan to revitalize the area. Together with Morimoto Architects, Yoshi's built an award-winning 330-seat jazz club with a state-of-the-art sound system and design. Occupying 17,000 square feet in the heart of Jack London Square, the club is in it's tenth year in that location which has become one of the East Bay's greatest destinations. The restaurant and lounge have a combined capacity of 220. In 1998 Peter Williams was hired as the club's artistic director. Under his leadership, the club has continued to present the finest in jazz music, as well as world music, blues, neo-soul, latin jazz and afro-cuban music. In fall of 2006, Kajimura decided that it was time to elevate the menu to the quality of the jazz by recruiting Executive Chef Shotaro 'Sho' Kamio, one of the Bay Area's top chefs to make the change. Chef Kamio (formerly of Ozumo) brought a whole new generation of modern Japanese cuisine to Yoshi's, which instantly put it on the map as a destination to dine in addition to the best place to hear great live music.