back stage — music notes
Yoshi's Staff Picks Top 10 Shows of 2009
We asked a few members of the Yoshi's staff to contribute their top shows of the year. Here's what they had to say:
Peter Williams- Artistic Director Yoshi's Oakland
(in no particular order)
Corea/Clarke/White - September Oakland
Bela Fleck/Toumani Diabate - March Oakland
Terence Blanchard - August Oakland
Billy Cobham and Friends - October Oakland
Iris Dement - June 7 Oakland
Joshua Redman- April Oakland
Dhafer Yousef Acoustic Quartet - February 18 Oakland
Mulgrew Miller Trio - August Oakland
Amina Figarova Quartet - March 2 Oakland
Buster Williams and Something More - August 11 Oakland
Jason Olaine - Yoshi's San Francisco Artist Director
10. Mingus Amungus, 5/29 SF : my first 'local' booking since coming back, getting to hire my old friend and bandmate Miles Perkins and seeing the reunited Mingus Amungus sell out two shows while filling the house with great energy.
9. Helen's Song 9/26 SF: a benefit concert for Helen Wray -- pianist George Cables longtime partner -- was moving and soulful with many musical friends dropping in to support this special person.(Cables, Bobby Hutcherson, Benny Green, Paula West among many others).
8. Danny Lozada 11/25 Oakland: Cuban salsa singer and timba star Lozada had the whole Jack London Square crowd on it's feet and sweating 'till late. tight band, tight dance floor!
7. Zion I 11/28 SF: positive message Oakland hip-hoppers wowwed unsuspecting folks like myself with their high level of musicality, rhythmic and vocal creativity and improvisation while entertaining to the highest degree.
6. Soulive with Roy Hargrove 9/24-25 SF: a first-ever collaboration between the soul-jam trio (with added horns and vocals) and trumpet king Hargrove, who brought his typical A game to the stage. fun and funky.
5. Angele Dubeau & La Pieta 11/19 SF: the debut of our classical series did not disappoint, as the gorgeous strings and piano played sans amplification to an enraptured audience.
4. Amiri Baraka with Howard Wiley Trio 11/9 SF: the iconoclastic poet was on fire, hammering and soothing the audience with moving, and often humorous, word pictures while Wiley's team danced in and out of the storylines. loads of fun and inspired.
3. Abdullah Ibrahim (solo piano) 6/5-7 SF: the lilting melodies and pensive solos blurred together in a soft and subtle pastiche that was other-worldy.
2. Septeto Nacional 11/23-26 SF: celebrating their return to the US after 70 years away, the Cuban forefathers of 'son' elevated the sold out crowds off of their feet with warm melodies and happy clave's.
1. Brass, Bows & Beats 8/20-22 SF: how we fit over 40 of the bay's best musicians, singers and mc's onto the stage is beyond me, but thankfully we did as composer/bandleader adam theis' epic hip hop symphony was like hearing a musical loveletter to the bay area, promoting peace, love and harmony. a message that was as moving as the music. inspired and inspiring
Dan - Yoshi's Oakland Sound Engineer
Top Ten shows at Yoshi’s Oakland (as witnessed from mixpoint).
10) - Chris Thomas King – because he played that song from the movie.
9) – California Honeydrops – hip guttural with a soulful of tub.
8) – Marco Benevento Residency, week one – hypnoti,c with a touch of Smokey flavor..
7) – Regina Carter – How quiet can a show get?
6) – Taj Mahal – Island hopping Delta immersed Boogie.
5) – Chris Cain – Stomping, yet thoughtful good time.
4) – Maria DeBarros – Makes me want to move to Cape Verde.
3) – Jeff Hamilton Trio – The last hope for real Jazz.
2) – Terrence Blanchard – Classic as always.
1) – Kind of Blue at 50 – classic soothing and cool.
Jana Jackson - Yoshi's Oakland/SF Jazz Office Coordinator
In order with consideration of: the most fun I had, the best crowds and the people I was with.
1. Terence Blanchard - August, Oakland
2. Corea Clarke & White - September, Oakland
3. Mos Def - April, Oakland
4. Marco Benevento (with Jeff Parker) February 17, Oakland
5. Nellie McKay - September, San Francisco
6. Kind of Blue (Jimmy Cobb) - June, Oakland
7. Charlie Hunter (surprise guest: Zigaboo Modeliste) - May, San Francisco
8. Devendra Banhart - April, San Francisco
9. Blind Boys of Alabama - October, Oakland
10. Taj Mahal - December, Oakland
11. Honorable Mention: Mary Halvorson - August 4, Oakland
Keith Yansurak - Yoshi's San Francisco Sound Engineer
Master Musicians of Joujouka
Randy Weston's African Rhythm Trio
Go Left Fest
Pharoah Sanders with Zakir Hussain
The Wild Magnolias
Erik Siebert - Yoshi's Director of Marketing
1 John Zorn's Residency - March 10-15, SF - a truly magical week of music, one I won't soon forget. lucky to be a part of it.
2 Bela Fleck & Toumani Diabate - March, Oakland
3 Eddie Palmieri's Pan Caribbean Allstars - June, SF - love Eddie with a small group format
4 Issa Bagayogo & Novalima - July 24, Oakland - recorded work does neither one of these groups justice
5 Randy Weston's African Rhythms Trio - February, SF
6 Marco Benevento with Skerik, Billy Martin & G. Calvin Weston - February 10, Oakland - no kitschy covers this was a smoking show
7 Leo Kottke - July, SF
8 Wild Magnolias - August 3, SF
9 Dhafer Yousef Acoustic Quartet - February 18, Oakland
10 Devendra Banhart - April 16, SF