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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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740 events
391 reviews
185 stars
Yoshis needs a makeover/remodeling
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Diane Foster Red Velvet
14 events
1 review
83 stars
The weather was hot!!. I wore casual-dressy summer dress--had a light shrug in purse--just in case. Hubby wore a semi-casual Hawaiian shirt & slacks. At Yoshi's you can dress up or down..
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Wallace Roney Quintet
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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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38 events
8 reviews
2 stars
attended Nov 20 2009

Great show - extremely talented musicians.

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27 events
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 1972 as a small, North Berkeley sushi bar owned by it’s founder and namesake, Yoshie Akiba, alongside her two best friends Kaz Kajimura, a journalist and carpenter, and Hiroyuki Hori, a painter and Japanese cook. Over the next 40 years, Yoshi’s built itself into one of the world’s most respected jazz venues, earning a reputation as the Bay Area’s premier location for great Japanese cuisine and jazz music. Today, Yoshi’s is an award-winning 310-seat live performance venue with a state-of-the-art sound system and design, occupying 17,000 square feet in the heart of Oakland’s Jack London Square. Under the guidance of esteemed Artistic Director Michael Pritchard, the venue has expanded it’s focus to include broader genres suitable to a variety of musical tastes.