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Dinner:
Monday-Wednesday
5:30pm to 9:00pm

Thursday-Saturday
5:30pm to 10:00pm

Sunday
5:00PM to 9:00PM
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4:30-6pm



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


back stage — music notes

Yoshi's Names Jason Olaine Yoshi's San Francisco Artistic Director

Yoshi's is very pleased to announce Jason Olaine has been hired as Yoshi's San Francisco's Artistic Director.  Following a nine-year stint in New York, Olaine will return to the organization he left in 1999.  Olaine was Yoshi's Artistic Director from 1993-1999, dating back to Yoshi's Claremont Avenue days.  He will work closely with Yoshi's Oakland's Artistic Director, Peter Williams, in bringing a diverse mix of both jazz and non-jazz artists to Yoshi's San Francisco.



For Immediate Release:

Yoshi's Names Jason Olaine Yoshi's San Francisco Artistic Director

Yoshi's is very pleased to announce Jason Olaine has been hired as Yoshi's San Francisco's Artistic Director.  Following a nine-year stint in New York, Olaine will return to the organization he left in 1999.  Olaine was Yoshi's Artistic Director from 1993-1999, dating back to Yoshi's Claremont Avenue days.  He will work closely with Yoshi's Oakland's Artistic Director, Peter Williams, in bringing a diverse mix of both jazz and non-jazz artists to Yoshi's San Francisco.

Olaine was crucial in turning the club into a world-class organization it is known as today. Yoshi's owner, Kaz Kajimura had this to say about Olaine, "We've long wanted to bring Jason back into the fold, so when he became available we jumped at the opportunity. Yoshi's grew tremendously under Jason's watch.  We're very excited to have him back on-board booking Yoshi's San Francisco"

Joshua Redman, the Berkeley native and national jazz icon, who just
finished a week-long stint at Yoshi's Oakland said: "Jason is one of the best and brightest in the biz.  He truly understands the jazz world from every perspective -- most importantly the artistic one.  Jason's return to Yoshi's can only mean great things for the Bay Area music scene."

In the nine years he's been away, Olaine served as Director of A&R for Verve Records and produced records by Herbie Hancock, Michael Brecker, Roy Hargrove, John Scofield, Chris Potter and Kurt Rosenwinkel; launched Monterey Jazz Festival Records, and won a Grammy Award for his production work.  He brings that wealth of experience back to Yoshi's.

Olaine will maintain his positions as General Manager of Monterey Jazz Festival Records and Artistic Director/Talent Buyer for George Wein's Jazz Festival 55 at Newport.

In his new role, Olaine will be working side-by-side with Peter Williams, the man he personally picked to replace him. Williams will remain the Yoshi's Oakland Artistic Director and will be booking Oakland exclusively. Williams says, "This is a great time for Yoshi's and I'm thrilled to be working with Jason.  He's got great taste and brings a wealth of knowledge about the music.  We're a great team and we've got some exciting ideas for the future."

Of his return to Yoshi's Olaine had the following to say, “It feels very natural to be back with my old Yoshi’s family. I look up at the pictures in Oakland and I see familiar faces and remember some great times and I anticipate that Yoshi’s San Francisco will begin to feel the same way soon. This is a different place than Oakland, but the ideas and the goals are the same – to create an environment where art – both in music and cuisine -- can grow and flourish; where regulars and tourists will both feel at home and where the musicians will feel honored and respected and claim this place as their own. I know the Bay Area is ready to embrace Yoshi’s San Francisco, it’s already begun. It’s our responsibility to give our people – our community -- every reason in the world to keep coming back for more.”

Since opening in late 2007, Yoshi's San Francisco has enjoyed rave reviews from fans and critics alike. The restaurant was recently named by the San Francisco Chronicle as Top 100 Bay Area Restaurants in 2009 and Top 10 Best New Restaurants in 2008. Yoshi's San Francisco has hosted shows by Taj Mahal, Eddie Palmieri, Cassandra Wilson, Chris Botti, Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, Shawn Colvin, Roy Haynes, as well as residency with John Zorn.

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Born and raised in Palo Alto and a graduate of UC Santa Cruz, Jason Olaine has been a leader in a wide variety of music-related activities. From booking jazz clubs and festivals to running a record label; from being a working musician to artist manager to Grammy-winning producer, Olaine has had a unique opportunity to touch a wide range of music from a variety of perspectives.

As Artistic Director of Yoshi’s in the Bay Area from 1993-1999, Olaine helped usher the nightclub into prosperity and national acclaim.  Through creative bookings that broadened the jazz club’s fan base while developing new, non-traditional jazz audiences, Yoshi’s success and his all-star collaborations led to his hire at Verve Records in New York City, as Director of A&R and Staff Producer in 1999.

While at Verve, Olaine won a Grammy for producing “Directions in Music” by Herbie Hancock/Michael Brecker/Roy Hargove and was nominated for producing John Scofield's "uberjam" and Roy Hargrove's "RH Factor." He also executive produced Michael Brecker’s last Grammy-winning large ensemble record, "Wide Angles." In addition to his jazz work, he co-produced the multi-million selling Verve Remixed series, where established and up-and-coming DJs and producers such as Thievery Corporation, Tricky and Gotan Project re-mixed classic songs by such legends as Billie Holiday and Dinah Washington. He also signed songwriter Jesse Harris, who wrote Norah Jones’ breakthrough hit “Don’t Know Why,” the electro-pop group “Brazilian Girls,” jam drummer Stanton Moore and saxophonist Chris Potter.

In 2006 Olaine was hired as General Manager of Monterey Jazz Festival Records, a joint venture label with the venerable non-profit Festival and Concord Music Group, charged with overseeing the digitization and monetization of the storied festival’s 50 year archive and bringing such performances by Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, Thelonious Monk, Dave Brubeck and Dizzy Gillespie to market both domestically and internationally.  In its first year, the label took home two Grammy nominations and one Grammy award while gaining high praise from critics. MJFR’s next album due out in August ’09 and produced by Olaine is an all-star collaboration between jazz all-stars Dave Holland, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Chris Potter and Eric Harland.

He is currently the Artistic Director and talent buyer for George Wein's Jazz Festival 55 at Newport, the nation's oldest jazz festival and the JVC Jazz Festival New York City. Up until this past November, he was the head of programming for Festival Network where he could incorporate his eclectic tastes at such festivals as Whistler, BC, (Elvis Costello, Thievery Corporation, The Roots, Allen Toussaint, Meshell Ndegeocello, Broken Social Scene, Medeski Martin & Wood);  Jackson Hole, WY, (Wilco, The Black Crows, Ben Harper, Brian Wilson, Robert Randolph, Son Volt, Kaki King, Henry Butler); Slow Food Rocks in SF (Phil Lesh & Friends, Gnarls Barkley, Ozomatli, G Love & Special Sauce, The New Pornographers, John Butler Trio); The Newport Folk Festival, Martha’s Vineyard, and four JVC Jazz Festival properties in NYC, Newport, Miami and Chicago.

As an independent record producer he is finishing up the debut record "JAZZ" for Disney Records due out in July, 2009 which features Dave Brubeck, Joshua Redman, Dianne Reeves, Esperanza Spalding, Regina Carter, Roy Hargrove, The Bad Plus, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Marco Benevento, and Sasha Dobson, among others. He also produced trumpeter Mark Rapp’s recently released 2009 album, “Token Tales.”

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