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Yoshi's Jazzfest - FREE in Jack London Square
August 25, 2013
FREE music on the waterfront in Jack London Square featuring The Salvador Santana, Julian Coryell Trio, Dos Four & The Oaktown Jazz Workshop Performance Ensemble
Noon - 5pm
Free / Open to the public
Join us at the Waterfront at Jack London Square for Yoshi's Jazzfest, a celebration of music, food and community. Presented in conjunction with Jack London Square, the event will feature top-notch jazz performances and light eats by Yoshi's Japanese Restaurant.
Salvador Santana: keyboardist, vocalist, composer, and songwriter with strong Bay Area roots, knows what it means to navigate the infinite options of music.
Santana is pushed by a need to step out of his comfort zone in a quest for new ideas. Easy going andhumble, Santana exudes the Bay Area vibe. He began playing the drums at age 3 - sitting on his father’s lap, controlling the snare and tom, as his father worked the hi-hat and kick drum - but his true love was discovered when he began taking piano lessons when he was six. Later, he studied at San Francisco’s heralded Ruth Asawa School of the Arts before attending Cal Arts in Valencia, CA. His education, passion and lineage turned Santana into a monster on the keys.
Music truly thrives in his veins. His maternal grandfather was blues pioneer Saunders King and his paternal grandfather was the internationally celebrated violinist and mariachi bandleader Jose Santana. And, of course, his father is 10X Grammy-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Carlos Santana... who’s also a frequent collaborator. (Salvador co-wrote ‘El Farol’ from 1999’s smash album “Supernatural”).
Julian Coryell has been playing and recording music for almost twenty years on a variety of instruments with everyone from Carole King to Jewel to Aimee Mann. More recently he's toured and recorded domestically and abroad with Americana chanteuse Madeleine Peyroux and Japanese rock legend Kazuya Yoshii. An Alumnus of the Berklee College of Music, he has performed with Dave Brubeck, Herbie Hancock and Billy Cobham among others. He's produced legendary singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen, as well as acclaimed singer/songwriter Jim Boggia's "Safe In Sound" CD on Blu Hammock records. He's taught at the Musician's Institute of Technology, as well as privately for over ten years.
Dos Four is rapidly gaining respect nationwide. His ability to mix urban rhythms such as Reggaeton, Musica Urbana and Hip-Hop with the more traditional rhythms of Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia and other Latino-based rhythms is what gives him a sound unlike any other musical artist. While firmly stationed in the San Francisco Bay Area in California, Dos Four maintains his Cuban roots and is deeply motivated to create modern music with a What you will get at a Dos Four live performance is a diverse crowd of all ages and ethnic backgrounds.
Oaktown Jazz Workshops' Performance Ensemble features young musicians ages 12-18 who perform a variety of exciting and challenging jazz classics. Oaktown Jazz Workshops is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and its year round after school program passes on the musical language and traditions of jazz to the next generation of musicians. Youth learn from professional master musicians and perform for audiences throughout the Bay Area.