DAZZ BAND – Tickets – Yoshi’s Oakland – Oakland, CA – March 17th, 2017


Shamrock funk party!


Fri 3.17

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Yoshi's Oakland

Oakland, CA

$29.00 - $69.00

Dazz Band
Dazz Band
Robert “Bobby” Harris, leader and founder of the Grammy Award Winning Dazz Band, formerly “Kinsman Dazz” was born in Cleveland, Ohio. Bobby started playing saxophone with his father Robert Harris, in jazz clubs in the 1960’s when he was 16 years old. As a songwriter and producer Bobby Harris masterminded countless Dazz Band songs in his career which can be found on the two Kinsman Dazz albums and ALL fourteen Dazz Band albums. In 1982, The Dazz Band won a Grammy Award for Best Performance by a Group or Duo for “Let It Whip” written and produced by Reggie Andrews who also produced The Dazz Band hits including: “Swoop”, “Joystick”, “Heartbeat”, “Hot Spot”, “Party Right Here”, and “Let It All Blow”, their biggest UK single. The Dazz Band performed their hits on popular television shows such as Soul Train, Solid Gold an American Bandstand. Hits like “Let It Whip” “Swoop” “Joystick”and “Heartbeat” stood the test of time and remain in recurring rotation on radio and Sirus XM Radio today.

Skip Martin, lead vocalist and trumpet player, has been performing with The Dazz Band for a combined total of over 20 years. Along with Harris, Skip Martin was also a part of the Grammy Award winning Dazz Band in 1982. Skip’s vocals are featured on many of The Dazz Band hits, including “Let It Whip” and many others. Skip Martin is a MOBO Award recipient who achieved an honorary Doctorate in Music for his high level talents both vocally and through instrumentation. Skip’s powerful tenor voice reflects a strong eclectic style combined with masterful trumpet skills make him a force to be reckoned with.

During the 1990’s The Dazz Band began performing internationally as Rap and Hip Hop emerged in the music market. Audiences in Germany, France, London and Japan embraced the Funk and R & B sounds. On the Major Hits record label Bobby Harris organized the project entitled “United We Funk All Stars” which featured artists including: The Dazz Band, Charlie Wilson of The Gap Band, The Bar Kays, Confunkshun, The SOS Band, Roger Troutman and Zapp. The “United We Funk All Stars” success is credited with rejuvenating the careers of many Funk artists of the 1980’s. Today, the popularity of new music includes a resurgence of these familiar funk sounds.

In the 2000’s The Dazz Band traveled to Iraq on three occasions to perform for the US troops, and helped raise over 30K for the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. In 2015, Bobby Harris and Skip Martin were pleased to welcome accomplished vocalist Donny Sykes to the group. Donny is a native of Los Angeles, California, and has traveled the world performing in musical theatre and on television performing with legendary artists from Stevie Wonder to Tyler Perry, and he had the pleasure of singing on stage with Beyonce during her 2015 Grammy performance. The Dazz Band is back in the studio…and looking forward to bringing new music to new audiences everywhere in 2017….
Venue Information:
Yoshi's Oakland
510 Embarcadero West
Oakland, CA, 94607