Yoshi's Oakland: The Best Live Jazz in the East Bay
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Featured review from Hadley LoudenRed Velvet
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Larry and Krew were fabulous! I've been a fan for over 40 years and he's only gotten better. Unfortunately, the table service at Yoshis is so terrible - typically a 45 minute wait to receive a beverage and that's AFTER being forced to wait outside in the cold for 30 minutes - that it's becoming a substantial deterrent to seeing otherwise fantastic shows?!?!?
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My second time seeing Sara at a Yoshi's and she was excellent both times. She's got a beautiful, clear voice and interprets music in interesting ways. Her band really supplies wonderful arrangements for tunes ranging from Duke Ellington to Ben...continued
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It was a great way to spend Mother's Day. She is a performer that makes one feel like she is one's friend that has this amazing talent to sing and entertain. I had never been to Oakland Yoshi's and I found the venue very good for hearing singers...continued
July 7: Count Basie Orchestra Featuring Vocalist Carmen Bradford
In the history of jazz music, there is only one bandleader that has the distinction of having his orchestra still performing sold-out concerts all over the world, with members personally chosen by him, for nearly 30 years after his passing. Pianist and bandleader William James “Count” Basie was and still is an American institution that personifies the grandeur and excellence of jazz.This great 18-member orchestra, today directed by Scotty Barnhart, is still continuing the excellent history started by Basie of stomping and shouting the blues, as well as refining those musical particulars that allow for the deepest and most moving of swing.
July 8: Antonia Bennett
Antonia Bennett, daughter of legendary singer Tony Bennett has been performing alongside her father since she could walk and talk. Some of her early performances were shared with legendary American icons such as Rosemary Clooney, Count Basie, Regis Philbin, Don Rickles, and growing up with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Gene Kelly. For the past 10 years she has what she considers the distinct honor of opening for her father as he performs all over the world.
July 10: Greg Adams & East Bay Soul
Trumpeter, songwriter Greg Adams is a founding member of Tower Of Power. His journey continues with 2012’s East Bay Soul 2.0, a collection of 10 dynamic songs backed by the band. Adams signature sound is clearly stamped throughout the album’s 10 tracks, an equal mix of instrumental and vocal songs – a blend of funk, jazz, R&B and soul.
July 11 & 13: Pete Escovedo Birthday Celebration
Pete Escovedo has been a major force in music since the late 1960s, and his versatility has resulted in success in several areas of music, from Latin jazz and salsa to rock and Latin pop. After touring with Santana for a few years, Pete and brother Coke Escovedo founded the 14-piece Latin big band Azteca. Since that time, Pete has performed with such notables as Herbie Hancock, Woody Herman, Cal Tjader, and Tito Puente. His band features some of the finest players on the West coast, including members of his endlessly talented family.
July 14: Janiva Magness
Janiva Magness’ new album Original stretches the artistic boundaries of roots, rock and soul music. Its 11 songs seamlessly weave all three genres into a highly original approach defined by nakedly honest storytelling and the live-wire emotionalism of Magness’ two-and-a-half octave range, buoyed by arrangements that effortlessly blend traditional sounds with edgy experimentation.
July 15: Lucy Woodward
Lucy Woodward’s Atlantic Records 2003 debut album allowed her to tour internationally and garner significant press exposure, including a spot on Jay Leno’s The Tonight Show. An award-winning songwriter, she’s written and recorded songs for several film soundtracks including the Golden Globe-winning The Blind Side, What a Girl Wants, Last Vegas and her favorite, Ice Princess, with her rendition of Bjork/Betty Hutton big band cover “It’s Oh So Quiet.” Much touring and recording with Snarky Puppy and her own band inspired her fourth record, produced by Henry Hey (George Michael, David Bowie, Rudder) and Michael League (Snarky Puppy bandleader/creator). In 2014, she’ll release her Til They Bang on the Door EP.
July 17: Leela James
Acclaimed recording artist Leela James appreciates the eternal qualities of an undeniable star — raw talent, musical substance and an authentic voice that’s timeless. All of which are embodied on her own upcoming fourth studio album and new single “Say That,” a sultry duet with Anthony Hamilton. Ms. James first burst onto the scene with her 2006 debut album A Change is Gonna Come, garnering nominations for Outstanding New Artist at the NAACP Image Awards and the Soul Train Music Awards. James has gone on to record three subsequent albums, including My Soul, which reached No. 7 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart.
July 22: Jacques Lesure Band — A Tribute to Wes Montgomery
Seasoned guitarist Jacques Lesures plays, teaches, and presents all over the United States.and abroad.. He strives to create and nurture a love and appreciation for the tradition of jazz music, as an original, American art form,birthed in the African-American culture, emphasizing how the sound is the root and foundation of music today.
July 23: PJ Morton of Maroon 5
The time is now for one of the industry’s best-kept secrets: PJ Morton. The Maroon 5 keyboardist/backing vocalist made his major label debut on May 14 with New Orleans, his first album for Young Money Entertainment/Republic Records. One listen to Morton’s anticipated project quickly reveals why the multi-talent became a favorite on the indie R&B circuit and an in-demand songwriter/producer and also why the limitless talent will be a game changer for the Lil Wayne-founded Young Money.
July 25: William Davenport
More than words on a page or notes to a melody, William Davenport has had an intimate relationship with music that dates back to his childhood in Atlanta, Georgia. A soulful spirit with gospel roots, he scribes music reminiscent of mature love in its truest form. From his beginning days, Davenport has been lauded as a true balladeer and music prodigy skilled in piano, guitar, violin and organ. He’s shared a stage with legends such as: India.Arie, Will Downing, Boney James, Laura Izibor, Mary Mary and Kirk Whalum.
July 26: Irma Thomas
Irma Thomas, the “Soul Queen of New Orleans,” has earned the reputation as one of America’s most distinctive and classic singers. She first achieved prominence with a string of 1960s hits including “Time Is On My Side” (later covered by the Rolling Stones), “It’s Raining” and “Wish Someone Would Care”, and toured extensively with her band, The Tornados. After surviving the destruction of her home and business by hurricane Katrina, she did After the Rain in 2006, which again earned her critical acclaim and won her a Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues Album. Currently celebrating her 50th anniversary, she was chosen by NPR listeners and panel as “One Of The 50 Greatest Voices of All Time.”
July 29: LaJazzo
LaJazzo, located in Brandenburg, was founded 20 years ago. In 2008, Jiggs Whigham, an internationally renowned jazz trombonist and big band conductor ( BBC Big Band ), took over the artistic direction.They’ll pay homage to the music of American composers and arrangers such as Rob McConnell and John Clayton and also present the European big band music of Helmut Brandt and Steve Gray.
Schedule is current at time of publication, but subject to change without notice.
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.