Yoshi's Oakland: The Best Live Jazz in the East Bay
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Featured review from Hadley Louden
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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?!?!?
December 6-7, 2013: Joey D & The Vibe
Joey DeFrancesco, master of the jazz organ, blends his signature sound with Latin rhythm, R&B & straight ahead jazz. The two-time Grammy nominee and winner of <i>Down Beats</i> critics' and readers' poll awards year after year collaborates with longtime friends and musical brothers Ramon and Tony Banda, Jose “Papo” Rodriguez, Steve Cotter and Steve Wilkerson.
December 8, 2013: Junius Courtney Big Band Featuring Denise Perrier
This swingin’ 19-piece jazz ensemble heats ups Yoshi's Oakland, with their new show, “The Holidays at Duke’s Place.” They’ll feature selections from the Ellington/ Strayhorn “Nutcracker,” plenty of other Duke/ Strayhorn collaborations, and the camaraderie of Thad Jones, Mingus and the Count. Denise Perrier, lauded as one of the best vocalists on the jazz scene, swings the season into high gear. Your hottest holiday invitation has arrived, and the band wants to see you in the house at Duke’s Place!
December 9, 2013: Larry Vuckovich -- Vince Guaraldi Tribute
Vuckovch is the only pianist who had a lifelong association with Vince Guaraldi. He subbed for Vince, opened shows for him, and later was chosen by Vince to become his piano partner in Vince’s two keyboard quintet, Powder Keg. The Vince Guaraldi Tribute Ensemble features percussionist John Santos, guitarist Josh Workman, bassist Seward McCain (Vince Guaraldi’s last bass player), and Akira Tana on drums. This band offers an opportunity to feature Larry's mentor Vince Guaraldi’s true side of jazz and Latin, including his duets with Bola Sete. Larry will present Vince’s hits, such as "Cast Your Fate to the Wind," as well as his previously unrecorded originals. Some Charlie Brown/Peanuts selections will be included.
Schedule is current at time of publication, but subject to change without notice.
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.