back stage — music notes
Old and new
This week Yoshi’s celebrates the new and the old, with a week of music that covers all the bases.
We start the week with two ‘new artists’ followed by a tried and true master, and then a paring of two generations of jazz.
The week starts with two ‘new artists’ from Europe.
On June 21, we’ll be featuring a Norwegian band called In the Country. In The Country is a piano trio consisting of piano player Morten Qvenild, bass player Roger Arntzen and drummer Pål Hausken. The group has won many music awards in Norway, Their web site is http://www.inthecountry.no. You can find their music on the web, it’s ethereal, introspective, and a great new look at jazz.
June 22, is Dan Berglund’s Tonbruket (which means Tone Workshop) from Sweden. Formed in 2009 by bassist Dan Berglund (formerly of the band e.s.t.), guitarist Johan Lindström , pianist Martin Hederos and drummer Andreas Werliin, have created a masterpiece. “Dig it to the End” features sweeping soundscapes, all kinds of moods and feelings, and interesting solos from the whole band. You can hear sound samples here: http://www.tonbruket.com/album-info-dig-it-to-the-end.html
We have a very special deal for In the Country and Tonbruket, you can see both groups for the price of one! It’s the Euro-jazz package, and you’ll find it online.
June 23 and 24, we welcome back one of the masters of music, a long-time Yoshi’s favorite, and a great contributor to the world of jazz and world music, Hugh Masekela. With a career spanning over 50 years, Hugh Masekela is a musician for whom the term ‘great’ truly applies. He was an early musical innovator pairing jazz and African music, he wrote huge hits in the 60’s with “Up Up and Away” and “ Grazin’ in the Grass” and he’s always stood up for his beliefs in equality and justice.
Closing out the week on June 25 and 26, we pair up two master musicians from different generations in jazz. Eldar Djangirov, the 24 year old wunderkind of jazz piano meets the master of jazz guitar, Pat Martino for two nights of great musical interplay. They have performed together once in New York, so this 2 night, 4 show run will give them both a chance to stretch out, get to know each other and push their musical boundaries together.
Yoshi’s is dedicated to presenting the finest live music on the planet, with both new and well-established artists. This week we’ve got a great mix of both, and we hope you’ll come spend some time here.
-Peter Williams, Artistic Director Yoshi's Oakland