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Yoshi's Oakland
510 Embarcadero West
Jack London Square
Oakland, CA 94607
Phone: 510.238.9200

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Fall Has Bumper Crop of Jazz
Contra Costa Times

The summer belongs to rock and pop. The fall, however, is jazz nirvana.

Every year, right about the time when the kids go back to school, the jazz scene starts to pick up in the Bay Area. Coincidence? We'll let you decide.

This season looks to be a particularly hot one for local jazz lovers. Two world-class festivals -- Monterey and San Francisco -- celebrate significant anniversaries. Broaden the scope to include the San Francisco Blues Festival -- a natural course of action, since the two genres are pretty much inseparable -- and you've got three major milestones worth noting.

Also high on the list of significant events is the imminent opening of another top-notch jazz venue, one with a very familiar name. We're talking about the forthcoming Yoshi's outpost in San Francisco.

So, let's not delay any longer. Without further adieu, here's our fall jazz preview. 


Living legend Oscar Peterson, undeniably one of the greatest pianists in jazz history, once ranked Yoshi's at Jack London Square as the country's best jazz club. If anyone is qualified to make that call it's Peterson, who has seemingly played every jazz venue under the sun during his 60-year career.

It's the Oakland hot spot's lofty ranking on the international jazz scene that has people so excited about the opening of a second Bay Area location. Right from the start -- maybe a second or two after the new venue opens its doors on Nov. 28 -- Yoshi's San Francisco will be expected to deliver the city's best jazz experience. And from the looks of things, Yoshi's San Francisco is ready for the challenge.

The beautiful new venue will occupy the ground floor of the new Fillmore Heritage Center, a 13-story mixed-use development that is being built to the tune of $72 million, and will include both a 420-seat jazz club and large sushi restaurant. The biggest selling point is that Peter Williams, artistic director for Yoshi's in Oakland, will also be handling the calendar in San Francisco. Williams has done a marvelous job in Oakland, spoiling local fans with a plethora of exclusive engagements and intimate shows with big-name acts, and he's expected to shine even brighter with two venues at his command.

On Tuesday, Yoshi's announced its initial lineup for the San Francisco spot. As hoped, it's really strong -- Roy Haynes, Pat Metheny, Chick Corea, Ravi Coltrane, Cassandra Wilson and Arturo Sandoval will all visit the new venue in the months to come.

Here are some of the highlights:

Grand opening night concert featuring Roy Haynes and the Yoshi's Birds of a Feather Super Band (Gary Burton, Ravi Coltrane, Nicholas Payton, Kenny Garrett, David Kikoski and John Patitucci), Nov. 28.

Taj Mahal and the Phantom Blues Band, Nov. 29-Dec. 2.

Chick Corea and the Freedom Band, Dec. 4-9.

Charlie Hunter, Dec. 12-16.

Mike Stern, with Richard Bona, Dennis Chambers and Bob Franceschini, Dec. 18-22.

The Count Basie Orchestra with Ledisi, Dec. 26-31.

Cassandra Wilson, Jan. 29-Feb. 3.

Pat Metheny Trio, Feb. 20-23.

Arturo Sandoval's Mambo Mania Big Band, Feb. 26-March 2.

Ticket prices and other details have not yet been announced. For more information, visit http://www.yoshis.com.


This fall classic will celebrate its 25th anniversary Oct. 17 to Nov. 30 at various venues around the City by the Bay. The increasingly popular festival will mark its landmark anniversary with a terrific lineup. Get the whole scoop by contacting 866-920-JAZZ or http://www.sfjazz.org. Or just take our recommendations on these can't-miss shows:

Pharoah Sanders, Oct. 17, Grace Cathedral; $25-$45.

Ahmad Jamal, Oct. 21, Herbst Theatre; $25-$75.

T.S. Monk Sextet, Oct. 24, Great American Music Hall; $25-$40.

Pete Escovedo, Oct. 27, Herbst; $25-$65.

Ornette Coleman, Oct. 28, Masonic Center; $25-$80.

Jason Moran, Nov. 2, Palace of Fine Arts; $19-$65.

John Abercrombie's Third Quartet, Nov. 3, Florence Gould Theatre; $30.

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