Yoshi's Oakland: The Best Live Jazz in the East BayYoshi's Jazz Club and Restaurant, In Jack London Square across the street from BevMo (510 Embarcadero West Oakland, CA 94607)
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- Check Availability $11.50 Tue, May 21 8:00pm (Charles Neville)
- Check Availability $10.50 Wed, May 22 8:00pm (Joan Soriano)
- Check Availability $13.50 Fri, May 24 10:00pm (Brenda Russell)
- Check Availability $8.50 Tue, May 28 8:00pm (Sarah Gazarek)
- Check Availability $14.00 Sat, Jun 1 10:00pm (James Cotton Superharp Band)
Reviews & Ratings
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Yoshi's offers a wonderfully intimate setting to listen to your favorite jazz artists. Strunz & Farah gave a performance worthy of a standing ovation. Strunz's fingers fly faster than the speed of light in a way that makes your jaw drop and frequently involuntarily utter, "Oh my God". Don't miss them the next time S&F are in town - they deserve an infinite number of stars.
Yoshi's requires the purchase of one food/beverage per person in addition to the price of your ticket during the show. To secure the best seats in the house you have to dine at their restaurant before the performance. The restaurant offers mediocre overpriced sushi (15 - 30% higher than what better sushi restaurants). Never order their fried calamari--it tastes frozen and comes out like funky little nuggets. Additionally, whoever manages ther food and beverage inventory should be fired, they are losing you money. Almost every time I've gone there they run out of items mentioned on their menu even when we are practically the first ones there. They run out of staples such as Negori Sake at the start of their Thursday night Happy Hour where it is a featured item. Or they can't make one of their signature drinks because they are out of Amaretto, you can't have the brownie sundae because either they ran out of ice cream or brownies. There is no excuse for running out of ANYTHING related to alcohol since they are right across the street from a BevMo store. Although the wait staff are all friendly and polite, they need more training because almost every time I've been there they deliver wrong items to the wrong table. My friend's cocktail was served promptly near the start of the show but I had to flag down my waitress halfway through the show only to find out what happened to my drink order and it was only then that I was told that they ran out of the ingredients to make the drink I ordered. The restaurant and bar get 1 star.
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We had such a fabulous time at Yoshi's Jazz Club. We got super cheap tickets to see the 9 time grammy winner Arturo Sandoval. Cleverly, Yoshi's serves some of the best food in Oakland and service is terrific, so we supped there before the 10:00 pm show. We got reserved seats via the dinner but then... got an upgrade to front and center of the club. I got to see one of my favorite artists, up close and personal. Acoustics always tops! World renowned music at a local club that's like second home to me plus my 3 favorite guys to help me celebrate Mother's Day. We had the time of our lives!
More Information About Yoshi's Jazz Club Oakland
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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.