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Yoshi's Oakland
In Jack London Square across the street from BevMo 510 Embarcadero West Oakland, CA 94607
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The weather was warm. I wore A spring sweater, slacks and loafers..
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I would still get food before hand. Especially if you have a restricted diet. It's hard to explain food modifications to a server while the music is playing. This is a great after dinner spot.
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15 events
8 reviews
5 stars
attended Nov 20 2009

Great straight ahead Jazz. 18 year old drummer was outstanding. Seating not so good.

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37 events
8 reviews
2 stars
attended Nov 20 2009

Great show - extremely talented musicians.

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8 reviews
12 stars
attended Nov 20 2009

Great show! The young rhythm section was energetic and tight, and complemented well the "more mature" Roneys on trumpet and sax. Yoshi's (as always) is one of the best venues to hear music in the Bay Area. I would have gotten my $'s worth even...continued

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Wallace Roney has kept alive the tradition of nurturing young and talented musicians, as key components in his working band.  His current configuration has Rashaan Carter on Bass, Aruan Ortiz on Keyboards and 17 year old Kush Abadey on drums.  With Wallace and his brother Antoine on Tenor, Soprano and Bass Clarinet, the infusion of new blood has synergized into an incendiary unit, taking the eclectic Roney Quintet repertoire to fiery heights of intensity, and eloquent, poignant expressions of virtuosity.  The young Abadey has created an almost spooky parallel with Roney, much the same way that Tony Williams added something unique to Miles Davis’s second great quintet of the 60’s.  The fact that bassist Rashaan Carter’s last name is the same as Ron’s from that same group, is purely a coincidence. But Rashaan is establishing his own reputation and adding the funky, swinging bass lines that along with Abadey, propels the band to musical bliss on any given night.  Aruan Ortiz on Keyboards is not Herbie, but he has that same tasteful, elegant sense of when to play sparse, when to play intense, when to play acoustic, that accentuates what his rhythm mates are doing with the foundation, and what Wallace and Antoine are doing with the horn lines out front.  The end result is at times, sonic internal combustion and at other times, lyrical, hypnotic, musical tapestries, that can soothe the stress of everyday life in modern society.  You should come out and see and hear this band.  You will enjoy this music, no matter what your taste.

About the Ticket Supplier: Yoshi's Oakland

Yoshi'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.