Don’t Miss That: The Summer Jazz Line Up at Yoshi’s

by E. "Doc" Smith on July 2, 2004

OK Jazz lovers, here is a stellar line-up of acts coming to Yoshi’s at Jack London Square in Oakland, including some old chums from my D.C. days, like the incredible bassist Ed Howard, Steve Williams on drums, and pianist George Mesterhazy, backing up the one and only Shirley Horn in September! Shirley lost a leg two years ago, and yet the girl still swings with the best of them. She told me recently, “I may be back on piano too child!” Don’t take my word for it, check out the list of acts for the summer, and see for yourself!

THIS WEEKEND!
Thursday, July 1 – Saturday, July 3
KENNY RANKIN
Thu 8:00pm & 10:00pm Shows $16
Fri, Sat Shows at 8:00pm & 10:00pm $20
In a remarkable recording career that spans almost four decades, Kenny Rankin has established an impressive set of credentials as an insightful songwriter, a distinctive guitarist and a world-class singer. Rankin’s distinctive vocal style can be heard on his latest Verve CD, A Song For You, where he interprets the Great American Songbook. With his supple, pristine tenor, Rankin has earned the status as a singer’s singer whose songwriting talents have also been widely recognized by his peers. These performances will feature a Roy McCurdy on drums and John B. Williams on bass.
http://kennyrankin.com

Sunday, July 4
DIXIELAND! FIREWORKS! LOUIS ARMSTRONG BIRTHDAY PARTY!
MAL SHARPE’S BIG MONEY IN JAZZ BAND
FIREWORKS IN JACK LONDON SQUARE AFTER 8PM SHOW!
$5
2:00pm & 8:00pm Shows!
“The Grateful Dead of Dixieland.” The San Francisco Examiner
The 4th Of July musical extravaganza that is Mal Sharpe’s Big Money in Jazz, one of the best dixieland bands around.? Expect some humorous renditions of tunes associated with Louis Armstrong and New Orleans. There will be fireworks in Jack London Square after the 8pm show!
http://www.sharpeworld.com

Tickets for All Shows August 2 – September 5 ON SALE
Tomorrow, Thursday, July 1 at 10am!

Monday, August 2 – Tuesday, August 3
GREG OSBY FOUR
8:00pm Shows $16
10:00pm Shows $10

Greg Osby – alto saxophone
Megumi Yonezawa – piano
Matt Brewer – bass
Eric McPherson – drums

From St. Louis, alto saxophonist Greg Osby is one of the most prolific artists in jazz. An innovative, outspoken, often controversial musician, alto saxophonist Greg Osby has been a progressive force in jazz for nearly twenty years. With a full command of the bebop language, a taste for rhythmic complexity, and a fiery musical approach, Osby stands as one of the leading lights in jazz. He is a player of sturdy and flexible skills, a composer with a clearly defined personality and conceptual bent, and a bandleader with authoritative daring. He has performed and recorded with Dizzy Gillespie, Jack DeJohnette, Lester Bowie, The World Saxophone Quartet, Muhal Richard Abrams, Joe Lovano, and even the Grateful Dead and Phil & Friends and many more. The Greg Osby Four will perform material from the new Blue Note CD, Public. The group includes Megumi Yonezawa on piano, Matt Brewer on bass and Eric McPherson on drums.

http://www.gregosby.com

Wednesday, August 4
JAPANESE PIANIST CELEBRATES NEW TELARC CD!
HIROMI
8:00pm Show $14
10:00pm Show $10

“She is nothing short of amazing.” Ahmad Jamal
Making her Yoshi’s debut, Japanese-pianist Hiromi has created quite a buzz over the last few years. Mentored by keyboard giants like Oscar Peterson, Ahmad Jamal and Chick Corea, Hiromi has a truly unique her own musical world-view and dynamic piano style. Her trio will perform her original compositions from her new Telarc CD, Brain, the follow-up to the critically acclaimed, Another Mind, which highlight the flexibility of the trio, showing its many faces and colors, and pushing it to its limits of orchestral complexity. The resulting music is a virtual gallery of evocative musical pictures. The diversity of her music runs the gamut of rock, jazz, and classical creating a truly cross-cultural experience.

http://www.hiromimusic.com

Thursday, August 5 – Saturday, August 7
BILL FRISELL WITH VINICIUS CANTUARIA & MAURO REFOSCO
Thu Shows at 8:00pm & 10:00pm $18
Fri, Sat Shows at 8:00pm & 10:00pm $22
“Frisell is a revered figure among musicians – his signature is built from pure sound and inflection; an anti-technique that is instantly identifiable.” The Philadelphia Inquirer
Guitarist Bill Frisell returns to Yoshi’s with a power packed group featuring world-renowned Brazilian artists, singer/guitarist Vinicius Cantuaria and percussionist Mauro Refrosco. This group explores the musical possibilities of Frisell’s own multi-faceted compositions and time-honored jazz and folk songs in a Brazilian World Music context. The diverse backgrounds and talents of this group provide a wide-open climate where an integration of many musical directions becomes possible. Vinicius has had his music recorded by many of the top popular artists in Brazil, including Caetano Veloso, Chico Buarque, Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa and many others. He has also worked with a wide variety of non-Brazilian artists including Angelique Kidjo, David Byrne, Arto Lindsay, Laurie Anderson, Sean Lennon, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Joey Baron and Marc Ribot. Percussionist Refrosco has performed extensively with David Byrne and others.

http://www.billfrisell.com

Sunday, August 8
DIRECT FROM NEW ORLEANS!
LOS HOMBRES CALIENTES
Sun 2:00pm Matinee, $5 Kids, $15 Adults W/One Kid, $24 General
Sun 8:00pm Show $24
“One of the smartest and most fun bands anywhere.” Newsweek
Yoshi’s welcomes direct from New Orleans for a special Sunday matinee and evening performance, the groundbreaking band Los Hombres Calientes. Co-led by trumpeter Irvin Mayfield and percussionist Bill Summers, Los Hombres has truly become an important new voice in the global jazz community. With their unique, fiery mix of fusion, acoustic jazz, New Orleans soul, Mardi Gras funk, deep Latin grooves and African rhythms, combined with their dynamic live shows, Los Hombres Calientes is a captivating musical gumbo. The group’s desire is to reflect the sounds of the African diaspora and the full range of the musical heritage of New Orleans.

Monday, August 9
OAKTOWN JAZZ WORKSHOP BENEFIT
WITH SPECIAL GUESTS
EDDIE HENDERSON
TOOTIE HEATH
OAKTOWN JAZZ ALUMNI BAND WITH DAYNA STEPHENS
$35 General Admission
Free Artists’ Reception & Show
Artists’ Reception: 6 – 7p.m.
For more http://www.oaktown-jazz.org
or Khalil Shaheed, (510) 562-4546

Tuesday, August 10 – Wednesday, August 11
“LIVE AT YOSHI’S” CD RELEASE CONCERTS!
MULGREW MILLER & WINGSPAN
STEVE WILSON – saxophones
STEVE NELSON – vibes
KARRIEM RIGGINS – drums
DUANE EUBANKS – trumpet
DERRICK HODGE – bass
8:00pm Shows $20
10:00pm Shows $10

“Perhaps the leading pianist of his generation.” Boston Globe
Celebrating the release of his new MaxJazz CD, Live at Yoshi’s, recorded here in July 2003, pianist Mulgrew Miller brings in his all-star group Wingspan, featuring saxophonist Steve Wilson, vibraphonist Steve Nelson, trumpeter Duane Eubanks bassist Derrick Hodge and drummer Karriem Riggins. (Eubanks, Wilson and Nelson also perform with the Dave Holland Quintet.) Named the most in-demand pianist by a recent New York Times poll, Mulgrew Miller forges a multi-dimensional sound that can seamlessly shift time, throttle through hard-driving grooves, and delve into gentler persuasions, all with distinctive heart and soul. Mulgrew worked with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and Betty Carter’s group. Later, he was one of the founding members of Tony Williams’ Quintet. A highly original composer, Mulgrew is powerful, lyrical, and imaginative with a truly unique style forging elements of gospel, rhythm & blues and classical European.

Thursday, August 12
TBA

Friday, August 13 – Sunday, August 15
ELIANE ELIAS TRIO
BRAZILIAN PIANIST!
NEW BLUEBIRD CD!
Fri Show at 8:00pm $22, 10:00pm Show $12
Sat Shows at 8:00pm & 10:00pm $22
Sun 2:00pm Matinee, $5 Kids, $15 Adults W/One Kid, $22 General
Sun 8:00pm Show $22

“Her provocative harmonic imagination explores the outer limits of jazz in a fashion that has rarely been heard since the ballad years of Bill Evans.” The Los Angeles Times
Throughout the course of her illustrious career, Brazilian pianist/vocalist/composer Eliane Elias has masterfully combined her passions for Brazilian music and American jazz. Elias is a powerful and lyrical pianist with an elegant exuberance and a unique, stylish technique. She easily and artfully meshes Brazilian beats and Cuban rhythms with straight-ahead jazz, and is equally at home playing intricate bossa nova and free-style improvisation. She performs distinctive renditions of a variety of Brazil’s music, including swaying bossa novas and moving interpretations of classic tunes by her country ‘s great songwriters. These performances will celebrate her new RCA/Bluebird CD, Dreamer. The new CD fulfills a career-long dream: recording an album of vocals supported by a full orchestra comprised of a fresh mix of songs from the American songbook and rapturous Brazilian bossa nova. Her trio includes Marc Johnson on bass and Satoshi Takeishi on drums.

http://www.elianeelias.com

Monday, August 16
GRAMMY NOMINATED JAZZ VOCALIST!
REBECCA PARRIS
WITH THE LARRY DUNLAP TRIO
8:00pm Show $14
10:00pm Show $10

“A mood that transcends the ordinary, that in one moment exudes warmth and is poignant, in another driving hard and swinging.” Shirley Horn
Boston-based Grammy-nominated vocalist Rebecca Parris is one of today’s most accomplished and influential vocalists. She has consummate musical skills, a natural stage presence and a dramatic delivery. Her dynamic style comes through in her unique interpretations of standards, ballads, blues, Latin and contemporary tunes that she performs with power, conviction and originality. She has a personal, confident sound, flawless intonation and an jazz feeling complete with fresh innovative vocal concepts.” Parris has performed and shared the stage with an impressive list of jazz greats including Dizzy Gillespie, The Count Basie, Woody Herman, Gunther Schuller Orchestras, Buddy Rich, Joe Williams, Shirley Horn and others.

http://www.rebeccaparris.com

Tuesday, August 17 – Wednesday, August 18
GEORGE CABLES WITH GARY BARTZ, ERIC REVIS & JEFF ‘TAIN’ WATTS
PIANIST BRINGS ALL STAR BAND!
8:00pm Shows $20
10:00pm Shows $12
Master pianist George Cables leads this All-Star group of lyrical alto saxophonist Gary Bartz, dynamic bassist Eric Revis and the monster drummer Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts. Equally skilled as a leader or as a sideman, George Cables has helped to define modern mainstream jazz piano. He has had long-term musical relationships with Art Pepper and Dexter Gordon and had stints with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, Sonny Rollins, Joe Henderson, Tony Williams, Freddie Hubbard and many others. Cables is known for fresh interpretations of classic compositions and an innovative style of writing.
http://georgecables.com

Thursday, August 19 – Sunday, August 22
RON CARTER QUARTET
LEGENDARY BASSIST!
Thu 8:00pm Show $20, 10:00pm Show $12
Fri 8:00pm Show $24, 10:00pm Show $16
Sat Shows at 8:00pm & 10:00pm $24
Sun 2:00pm Matinee, $5 Kids, $15 Adults W/One Kid, $20 General
Sun 8:00pm Show $24

“His music embodies all the qualities that make jazz an enduring, vital art form.” Stereo Review

Ron Carter is among the most original, prolific, and influential bassists in jazz. With more than 2,500 albums to his credit, he has recorded with many of music’s greats: McCoy Tyner, Tommy Flanagan, Gil Evans, Horace Silver, Bill Evans, Milt Jackson, Stan Getz, Dexter Gordon, Wes Montgomery, and even the rap group A Tribe Called Quest. In the early 1960s, he performed with Jaki Byard and Eric Dolphy and he later toured Europe with Cannonball Adderley. From 1963 to 1968, he was a member of the classic and acclaimed Miles Davis Quintet. Carter has lectured, conducted, and performed at clinics and master classes, instructing jazz ensembles and teaching the business of music at numerous universities. He was Artistic Director of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Studies and, after 18 years on the faculty of the Music Department of The City College of New York, he is now Distinguished Professor Emeritus. As a performer, he remains as active as ever. The quartet features pianist Stephen Scott (Sonny Rollins), drummer Payton Crossley and percussionist Steve Kroon.

http://www.roncarter.net

Monday, August 23 – Tuesday, August 24
AFRICANDO
KINGS OF AFRO-SALSA!
8:00pm & 10:00pm Shows $26

Yoshi’s is proud the present the exclusive Northern California appearance of the Afro-Latin Super Band – Africando! Africando puts New York based salsa musicians together with Senegalese singers to create neo-traditional music. Combining the rhythms and styles of Latin America and Africa, Africando celebrates the diversity, explores the common ground and toasts the African spirit over unstoppable, all-dancing grooves. The five singing stars of Africando are accompanied by a12-piece Afro-Latin super orchestra, featuring a full Afro-Cuban rhythm section, horns and African percussionists. The music is Latin classics sung in Sengalese Wolof or a mix of Wolof and Spanish, and African classics redone with Latin rhythms and instrumentation.

http://www.kpfa.org
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Wednesday, August 25
“From the Soul to the Voice to the Song” ~ this highly imaginative a cappella band returns to what has become in recent years their home venue. SoVoSo brings a fresh and innovative experience to the room, singing a unique, compelling mix of jazz, world and R&B music all rendered in their trademark improvisational style. These shows will introduce new addition Ashling Cole, and new songs to be included on the band’s new CD slated for February, 2005. Don’t miss THE summer appearance of the hottest vocal band to come out of the bay area – you’ll be guaranteed to walk way surprised and inspired!
$14
Shows at 8:00pm&10:00pm!

Thursday, August 26 – Sunday, August 29
EDDIE PALMIERI
LEGENDARY PIANIST!
Thu Shows at 8:00pm&10:00pm $22
Fri, Sat Shows at 8:00pm & 10:00pm $26
Sun 2:00pm Matinee, $5 Kids, $15 Adults W/One Kid, $22 General
Sun 8:00pm Show $26

Five-time Grammy-award winning composer and pianist Eddie Palmieri is one of the most prolific and popular Latin musicians in the world and a giant of Latin jazz. One of the true masters of the genre, Palmieri has contributed to the rich legacy of Latin jazz for over five decades. His bands combine jazz improvisation and harmonic sophistication with an unstoppable Latin groove, weaving a rich web of jazz phrasing, classical and progressive styles and fiery Latin rhythms and sounds. His early groups, including, La Perfecta and his continuing musical contributions have firmly established him in the pantheon of musical legends. His bands today always feature some of the best musicians and these performances will be a Latin-jazz jam-fest!

Monday, August 30
SPECIAL NIGHT OF BRAZILIAN MUSIC!
CLAUDIA VILLELA WITH BRAZILIAN LEGEND GUINGA!
$16
Shows at 8:00pm&10:00pm!

Bay Area’s Brazilian favorite, vocalist Claudia Villela has put together a wonderful night of Brazilian music featuring one of Brazil’s great virtuoso guitarists, Guinga. Inspired by the vast musical sounds of Brazil, the music will freely mix indigenous African and European styles with the harmonic complexities and sensibilities of jazz, in an approach both nostalgic and modern. This evening of music will feature the brilliant acoustic intimacy of two great Brazilian masters and will feature special guests.

http://www.claudiavillela.com

Tuesday, August 31
CONCERT FOR AMALY
A BENEFIT FOR COMFORT FOR KIDS OF CONTRA COSTA FEATURING JOHN SANTOS & THE MACHETE ENSEMBLE PLUS SPECIAL GUEST ARTISTS BAMUTHI JOSEPH, GENNY LIM, DESTANY WOLF, AVOTCJA, EW WAINRIGHT, & MARIA MARQUEZ
$15
Shows at 8:00pm&10:00pm!

Amaly Celeste Santos Salazar (May 17, 2004 – June 17, 2004) had a profound influence during her brief stay. Comfort for Kids is a unique program that cares for children with life-threatening illnesses at home, enabling families to spend quality time together.
http://www.johnsantos.com
http://www.hospicecc.org/main/comfortforkids.htm

Wednesday, September 1 – Thursday, September 2
WESS “WARMDADDY” ANDERSON FEATURING CYRUS CHESTNUT & MARCUS PRINTUP
ALTO SAXOPHONIST WITH WYNTON MARSALIS & LINCOLN CENTER JAZZ ORCHESTRA!
8:00pm Shows $18
10:00pm Shows $12

Straight from New York City and Jazz at Lincoln Center, alto saxophonist Wess ‘Warmdaddy’ Anderson leads this group featuring pianist Cyrus Chestnut and trumpet Marcus Printup. Anderson is currently the lead alto saxophonist with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and a member of the Wynton Marsalis Septet. As a leader, Anderson has recorded and released three solo albums entitled Warmdaddy in the Garden of Swing (1994), The Ways of Warmdaddy (1996) and Live at the Village Vanguard (1998). An accomplished educator, Anderson is a frequent participant in Jazz at Lincoln Center educational events and is on the faculty of the Juilliard Institute for Jazz Studies. He plays in a vigorous hard-bop style, and his sound is rich and molten, hinting at an awareness of Cannonball Adderley. The music is modern hard bop and it swings very hard with highly unique, bluesy, soulful styles of playing. Pianist Cyrus Chestnut’s sound and style are deeply rooted in blues, gospel and spirituals with the fundamental elements of Fats Waller, Art Tatum and Jelly Roll Morton added to the mix. Trumpeter Marcus Printup is currently a member of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.

Friday, September 3 – Sunday, September 5
SHIRLEY HORN
Fri 8:00pm & 10:00pm Shows $22
Sat, Sun Shows at 8:00pm & 10:00pm Shows $26

“A supreme jazz stylist with deep-seated subtlety.” Entertainment Weekly
“Horn’s taste is impeccable, her conviction contagious, and when she sings a lyric, we accept it as pure gospel.” Vanity Fair
Yoshi’s is proud to present multiple Grammy-winner and legendary pianist/vocalist Shirley Horn in our intimate jazz house. With a career spanning five decades, Horn is internationally recognized as the foremost singing pianist in jazz since Nat “King” Cole, and is one of the most influential singers of our time. Renowned for her inimitable ability to negotiate melodies and lyrics at an exquisitely unhurried pace, Horn simply delivers her romantic style and intimate workings of jazz standards and ballads all in a bittersweet way. For these performances, Horn will be backed by bassist Ed Howard and drummer Steve Williams, along with pianist George Mesterhazy.

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