Special New Year's Week Shows at Yoshi's: Maceo Parker and More
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The last date listed for Yoshi's New Year's Shows was Thursday January 5, 2012 / 8:00pm (Christopher O'Riley & Matt Haimovitz).
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Featured review from Paula M.
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Excellent, high-energy versatile show by Maceo Parker and his group. Great band. Put on a marvelous 2-hour show for a large, appreciative audience.
Had terrific seats. There really isn't a bad seat at Yoshi's.
My only quibble was with the restaurant; the menu offerings and the quality of the food didn't live up to what I'm used to at Yoshi's Oakland location. Too bad! But eating at the restaurant tends to get you better show seats with a shorter wait, so it's still worth doing.
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Christopher O'Riley and Matt Haimovitz were superb. They were also good sports when it came to the background noise of people arriving late, ordering drinks, munching sushi rolls and even talking. For me, that was the only drawback, but...continued
January 1, 2012 at 9:00pm: Maceo Parker’s New Year’s Party
Maceo Parker: his name is synonymous with Funky Music, his pedigree impeccable; his band: the tightest little funk orchestra on earth.
Everyone knows by now that he’s played with each and every leader of funk, his start with James Brown, which Maceo describes as " like being at University "; jumping aboard the Mothership with George Clinton; stretching out with Bootsy’s Rubber Band. He’s the living, breathing pulse which connects the history of Funk in one golden thread. The cipher which unravels dance music down to its core.
His collaborations over the years performing or recording or both have included Ray Charles, Ani Difranco, James Taylor, De La Soul, Dave Matthews Band and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. His timeless sound has garnered him a fresh young fan base.
January 2, 2012 at 8:00pm: A Solo Acoustic Evening with Freedy Johnston Plus Jesse Harris
From his rough-and-tumble debut, The Trouble Tree, to his most recent album, the sublime Rain On The City, singer-songwriter Freedy Johnston returns to themes of loss, tough luck, and bad timing. When his disc Can You Fly came out in 1992, Rolling Stone and Spin hailed it as a masterpiece. Its success led to a major label deal with Elektra, for whom Johnston released This Perfect World in 1994. Not only did that album showcase Johnston’s increasing sophistication and range as a songwriter, but it also included his breakthrough hit, “Bad Reputation.” Now splitting his time between New York City and Madison, Wis., Johnston is currently writing and recording songs for his next album, tentatively titled Neon Repairman.
Although best known for having written and played guitar on Norah Jones’ breakout hit “Don’t Know Why” (for which he won the Grammy Award for Song Of The Year), Jesse Harris is an accomplished producer and solo artist in his own right. He has released 10 albums, including his latest releases Through The Night and Cosmo (an all-instrumental recording) and has toured worldwide. His songs have been covered by numerous great singers, such as Smokey Robinson, Willie Nelson, Cat Power, Solomon Burke, Emmylou Harris, and many others.
January 4, 2012 at 10:00pm: Dori Caymmi _Poesia Musicada _CD Release
With 12 solo albums to his credit, Dori Caymmi has secured his place as a staple in the world of Brazilian Jazz, recognized through 2 Latin Grammys and 7 Grammy nominations. Dori has performed his music at countless esteemed venues throughout Brazil, in the United States at theaters such as Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl, and in many of the large-scale European music events such as the Montreux Jazz Festival. No stranger to the television screen, Dori has made several television appearances in Brazil and beyond, even finding himself directing Branford Marsalis’ band on Jay Leno’s Tonight Show.
January 5, 2012 at 8:00pm: _Shuffle.Play.Listen. _with Christopher O’Riley and Matt Haimovitz
Pianist Christopher O’Riley and cellist Matt Haimovitz join together to explore the lyrical and virtuosic properties of their instruments in a collaboration that crosses in and out of the classical and pop music genres. Audiences will hear works by Bach and Gabrielli, Radiohead and Arcade Fire, Piazzolla and Stravinsky. A double CD recording of the program, as well as new repertoire, will be released in late 2011.
The first half of Shuffle.Play.Listen. will be pre-arranged. The second half of the concert will be programmed from the stage giving the artists the opportunity to share the context of the program, and allowing the music to flow seamlessly from one genre to the next.