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Yoshi’s Free Jazz Month

Highlighting the Bay Area’s best local jazz talent, Yoshi’s hosts free live jazz lounge concerts all month | January 2012
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Yoshi’s San Francisco may have the big out-of-town headliners in their main room, but for a peek at some of the Bay Area’s best local jazz talent, they’re opening up their jazz lounge for free live music seven nights a week (usually 6:30p to 11p) as part of Yoshi’s Local Talent Series.

Yoshi’s Free Lounge Concerts
7 Nights a Week
January 2012 (6:30p to 11pm)
– Yoshi’s San Francisco, 1330 Fillmore, SF

January 2012 Schedule
All concerts take place in the lounge and have no cover charge.

Thursday, January 26th
Beso Negro
6pm – 9pm
Beso Negro has an all-star lineup of internationally experienced musicians who have brought drive and passion to Gypsy Jazz. Using Spain (instead of France) as the backdrop for their music, Beso Negro has transformed the genre into a vibrant new beast. Darker, faster, more danceable, more blues, more Gypsy, Beso Negro’s indelible fingerprint brings Jazz Manouche to a new generation and to the 21st century.

Friday, January 27th
The Ways & Means Committee
6:30pm – 11pm
Infused with the musical spirit of the Bay Area, this locally grown and educated septet delivers straight-ahead jazz influenced by Herbie Hancock, Jerry Gonazalez, Buster Williams, and Fort Apache Band.

Saturday, January 28th
Sandra Aran Quartet
6:30pm -11pm
Ms Aran made her performace debut at age 5 in her native Mexico city. In 1991 she was accepted to the National School of Music in Mexico City where she studied classical piano, composition and voice for the following 5 years. In 1994 she also enrolled in the Jazz Studies Program at the Superior School of Music where she formed her first Jazz Quartet: Art Deco. In 1996, she joined forces with other jazz singers in Mexico to form the vocal octet, “Cuicanitl”, with whom she opened for blues legend B.B. King as well as for jazz great George Benson during his Mexico City concert in 1997. They released an independent album,”Solo Voices” to critical acclaim in 1999.

Sunday, January 29th
Regina Maria Pontillo and Her Fantastic Swing-Time Band
6:30pm -11pm
Regina Maria Pontillo and her Fantastic Swing-time Band play
Jazz, Blues and Western Swing tunes from the 20’s and 30’s and features the best players in this genre. Her transformative powers as a vocalist capture the vitality and passion of The Hot Club Era and the sultry soul of the South. Close your eyes and be transported!

Monday, January 30th
Yoshi’s Supper Club: NaJe
6:30pm – 11pm
NaJe curates the best of the great American songbook and beyond with a soulful, sultry voice heavily influenced by jazz greats – Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Anita O’ Day, and Julie London. She currently resides in San Francisco and has performed at top music venues and festivals throughout the country: Coda Jazz Supperclub, Yoshi’s Jazz Club, The Sambucca Jazz Café, The Athens Music and Film Festival, The Athens Jazz Festival, Chicago’s New Music Festival, The Cotton Club, The Fabulous 40 Watt, The Tongue and Groove, The Georgia Theatre, The Atomic Music Hall, The Cat’s Cradle, The Covered Dish, and The Velvet Elvis.

Tuesday, January 31st
Michael LaMacchia 3iO
6:30pm -11pm
Michael LaMacchia, was born in Kenosha Wisconsin, he moved to San Francisco at 18 and began his musical career. A gifted guitarist and prolific composer there is always a buzz in Michael’s music with a feeling of freshness and passion. Bridging musical worlds together Michael creates a sound that is personal and unique, drawing from experiences of Jazz, Brazilian, African, Latin, Classical and Pop. Some fun Band moments include opening for Buddy Guy, John Corbett and the late great Mel Torme to name just a few.