Bobby McFerrin presents VOCAbuLarieS
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Yoshi's Oakland not only showcases the world's best jazz, gospel, world music and other entertainment, but its acclaimed chef Shotaro "Sho" Kamio is famed for creating some of the finest modern Japanese cuisine in the area. The live music club and upscale restaurant has been located in Jack London Square since 1997 and offers an unmatched entertainment experience. The venue has hosted such legendary jazz greats as Betty Carter, Max Roach, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Williams, Diana Krall, Branford Marsalis, McCoy Tyner, Harry Connick Jr., Oscar Peterson and hundreds of others, including name comedians. Please see the full event description for the lineup of upcoming performers. Learn More
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An artist in the purest sense of the word. I sat in the concert hall in awe for 2 hours as I watched Bobby show his massive a capella/scat range. Joys to witness are the usual Bach/Ava Maria rendition, jamming with the crowd, and his improv is always on point. What is spectacular though is his new material from his new album with Roger Treece and the Pacific Mozart Emsemble. Definite recommend if anyone has the opportunity!
Quotes & Highlights
“Bobby McFerrin’s greatest gift to his audience may be changing them from spectators into celebrants and transforming a concert hall into a playground, a village center, a joyous space.”—Los Angeles Times
“An idiosyncratic jazz singer with a sharp ear for improvisation and a phenomenal circular-breathing technique … he also has an uncanny ability to bring out your inner child.”—The New York Times
Bobby McFerrin is a revolutionary musical force who exudes pure joy while reconfiguring the definitions of jazz, a cappella and classical music. Perhaps McFerrin’s greatest achievement is that he has dispelled previously held beliefs about the limits of the human voice. The pivotal decision in his career was when pianist Keith Jarrett inspired him to perform completely improvised solo concerts, leaving onlookers slack-jawed in disbelief. From there, the vocalist has collaborated with jazz and classical musicians; been a conductor, an educator and arts evangelist; scored an era-defining pop hit with “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” and has earned an incredible ten Grammy Awards.
Founded in 1986, McFerrin’s Voicestra has re-invented the choir concept with stylistic influences from jazz to R&B to Indian classical opera. This SFJAZZ appearance is the American premiere of VOCAbuLarieS, a new choral project with compositions by McFerrin and his frequent collaborator Roger Treece. A new Decca album of the same name will be released in March, 2010.
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Founded in 1983 under the name of Jazz in the City, the organization adopted its new identity as SFJAZZ in late 1999, in recognition of its expansion from seasonal music presenter to year-round arts institution.
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