Yoshi's San Francisco: Bay Area's Best Live Music & Cuisine
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The last date listed for Yoshi's San Francisco was Wednesday July 30, 2014 / 8:00pm (Time for Three).
Reviews & Ratings
Featured review from Douglas C.
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Lynne is a great find among current pianists - her trio covered Blondie, Sting, the Beatles, Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonius Monk with equal aplomb. She visited with the audience outside after her set and was gracious and signed all kinds of memorabilia. She's right up there with Brad Mehldau and Ethan Iverson (and catching up to McCoy Tyner). The sushi and kobe beef burgers and bowls of edamame and chocolate sliders and microbrews were as good as always and the servers were quiet and efficient. This club has the best size and sound system for live acoustic music in SF (comparable to Oakland's Yoshi's and Berkeley's Freight and Salvage for top venue awards). Lots of musical diversity these days, and a killer kitchen, and there's often a live band in the lounge or dining room in addition to the show!
Quotes & Highlights
“Rhythms are changing at Yoshi’s San Francisco. The six-year-old Fillmore Street landmark first gained its reputation as a jazz club, with a longer history in the genre going back to the early 1970s in the East Bay. But now, the popular venue anchored in the heart of the evolving Fillmore District is becoming increasingly known for the eclectic array of performers who play on the Yoshi’s San Francisco stage and entertain audiences with a wide range of musical styles. Peter Murphy — dubbed the ‘king of goth’ — recently played at Yoshi’s San Francisco, as have Erykah Badu, the Winery Dogs, the Dramatics and Graham Nash.” —DiningOut
All shows are for all ages. No photos or video recording are permitted during the show.
Scheduled lineup (subject to change):
June 14, 2014: Benise
Nouveau Spanish guitarist in a world music & dance spectacular. Since the age of eleven (when he received his first guitar), Benise practiced relentlessly, completely self-taught, mastering a variety of different styles that were eventually to become his own unique sound. Though unable to read a single note, he began composing original works with powerfully emotional arrangements that are both wild and refined, producing a sound that is as edgy and exotic as it is romantic and sensual.
June 18, 2014: Zara McFarlane
Jamaican-British soul-jazz chanteuse Zara McFarlane’s debut album, 2011’s Until Tomorrow, came garlanded with rave reviews and a MOBO award nomination, and heralded a major new talent in the world of British jazz. The just released follow-up, If You Knew Her, also recorded for Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings label, is a more ambitious collection that draws from many more influences: from the deep spiritual jazz of Pharoah Sanders to dub and reggae.
June 21, 2014 at 10:00pm: Bobby Caldwell
Drawing from his vast repertoire of rousing R&B, intimate smooth jazz stylings, and big band songs, Bobby Caldwell has the ability to entertain at any venue, for fans of all ages. In Japan and throughout Asia, he enjoys a feverish popularity, selling out shows and achieving gold and platinum status for his releases in those countries. In addition to heavy touring, Bobby starred as Frank Sinatra in the production The Rat Pack Is Back in Las Vegas. He received rave reviews for his performance, both from industry critics and from his loyal fans. He’s been featured on The CBS Second Cup Café, The Tonight Show starring Jay Leno, BET Jazz Central, and has made numerous national and local network appearances.
June 25, 2014: Ces Cru Plus Info Gates
There were times when more hip-hop albums sounded like this, like Ces Cru’s Constant Energy Struggles, the Kansas City duo’s debut full-length album on Strange Records. There were times when albums were formulated around concepts big and small, dedicated to pushing envelopes, sharing pin-pointed messages and built around lyrical conceits that required intense listening, confident rhyme flows that created new patterns, music that thumped and bumped and pounded and grooved. Info Gates is a producer/songwriter/emcee from Kansas City.
June 29, 2014: Lira
Platinum-selling South African singer/model/actress Lira has already conquered South Africa and much of Europe with her irresistible blend of R&B, jazz and African styles. Like Sade before her, she is now set to conquer America with the release of her debut U.S. single “Feel Good” and her debut U.S. album release Rise Again, due out April 29, 2014 on Shanachie Entertainment. The album’s first single, “Feel Good,” is a slinky, jazzy re-mix of one of her major South African hits, a perfect showcase for Lira’s soulful, melodious singing style.
July 3, 2014: David Murray Infinity Quartet
In the past year tenor saxophonist David Murray strikes back with a new unique project and line-up: David Murray Infinity Quartet. A new album Be My Monster Love was released on Motéma (2013). It takes root deep into the jazz tradition, and gathers around Murray the finest line-up of contemporary jazz musicians: Nasheet Waits recalls Ed Blackwell on the drums, Jaribu Shahid on bass and pianist Orrin Evans.
July 5, 2014: Paul Brown & Friends
Two time Grammy® winning jazz guitarist, engineer, and producer Paul Brown career spans over two decades and includes the release of six solo albums and countless collaborations with well-established smooth jazz artists like George Benson, Jeffery Osborne, and Kirk Whahlum. His newest release The Funky Joint has two No. 1 hits and was on the jazz charts for a year and a half, establishing Paul as one of the prominent, international, jazz guitarist on the scene today.
July 6, 2014: Teedra Moses
In addition to executive producing and penning all the lyrics on her own project, Teedra Moses is a Grammy-nominated songwriter and BMI songwriter of the year for two consecutive years who’s written songs for other artists including Christina Milian, Mary J. Blige, Macy Gray, and a host of others. With over 10 years of live performance, selling out intimate venues around the world, it’s only fitting that Moses has partnered with the incomparable Martell brand for a 10 city tour in support of the sophomore release Cognac & Conversations scheduled to be released Summer 2014.
July 13, 2014: Jaffa Road
Named “World Music Group of the Year” at the 2013 Canadian Folk Music Awards and nominated for two JUNO Awards (2010, 2013) Jaffa Road is a highly acclaimed Toronto-based world music group made up of some of Canada’s most exciting and innovative interpreters of inter-cultural music. Their music creates a unique sonic landscape that draws organically from the worlds of Jewish music, Arabic and Indian music, jazz, modern, electronica, rock, pop, and dub.
July 20, 2014: Matt Schofield
Mascot Label Group / Provogue are delighted to announce the release of the new album, Far As I Can See, from guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer Matt Schofield, released February 2014. Guitarist magazine said, “There isn’t a better British blues guitarist playing currently”. With his first release for Provogue, Schofield finds himself as representative for the long tradition of British blues on the ultimate blues guitar label, and gaining a home amongst his peers.
July 30, 2014: Time For Three
Time for Three, the world’s first classically-trained garage band, defies traditional classification. Performing music from Bach and Brahms to their own arrangements of The Beatles, Katy Perry, Mumford & Sons, Kanye West and Justin Timberlake, they’ve played everywhere from Carnegie Hall to jazz clubs, European festivals, NFL games, and the Indy 500. Their hit YouTube anti-bullying video “Stronger,” featured on CNN and the Huffington Post, has inspired students around the globe.