Hurricane Relief Benefit & Election Results Set for Yoshi's Tonight, 11/6
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by BWW News Desk
Yoshi's Jazz Club & Japanese Restaurant on Fillmore Street just added the following concerts at its world-renowned San Francisco venue: Hurricane Relief Benefit & Election Results feat. Foxtails Brigade, Jacques Ibula, Tad Worku and more with 100 percent of proceeds to American Red Cross Disaster Relief for Hurricane Sandy (TONIGHT, 11/6) and Ferenc Nemeth Triumph Band feat. Bob Sheppard, Lionel Loueke & Daniel Szabo (Tue, 12/18). For more information, go to www.yoshis.com/sanfrancisco.
Election results projected on the sidewall of the Jazz Club.
Jacques Ibula has a refreshing Artistic quality atypical to mainstream "depictions" of the Democratic Republic of Congo. His music style lauds captivating melodies blended into searing messages of word song, giving voice to his quote, "...we are defined by the inner striving of our hearts more than our outward struggles." A quiet force upon charts, picks lists and alternative radio formats, Jacques' lyrics cry out loud to those living safely in America to stand up, speak out- invoking action and awareness through his organization "Congo Bolingo". Although informed by war and oppression in the Congo, Jacques’ continues to counter this conflict through his music, often influenced by three distinct themes: socio-political struggle, faith and Love; undaunted by his mission nor making music with a message.
Foxtails Brigade present an ornate kind of chamber pop, intricate violin and cello arrangements are anchored by Laura Weinbach’s intricately played classical guitar and pitch perfect vocals. But underneath the simple melodies lie an impeding darkness, a lyrical landscape populated by shadowy and bizarre characters, rife with hints of rot, aging, and death. The Hollywood Hills-born daughter of a cult filmmaker and sister of offbeat stand-up comedian Brent Weinbach, Laura grew up in a musical household that embraced eccentricity. Her next-door neighbors were circus contortionists with emus and fang-toothed monkeys as pets and her childhood activities included snail hunting and spying on celebrity neighbors like Slash, Ice-T and Larry from Perfect Strangers.
Up and coming singer-songwriter Tad Worku charms listeners with his swoon-worthy voice. His voice is a refreshing mix between the style of Jazz singer Michael Bublé and the voice of American R&B singer John Legend. By blending the genre styles of pop, jazz, and soul, Worku creates his own style at a time when the music industry continues to produce acts that are strangely alike in style and sound. Worku will not only leave you entertained but also inspired by the way he crafts the truths of life and love effortlessly in his music. Tad Worku made his Yoshis debut in 2009 to a sold out audience and has since returned twice to great reviews and another sold out show! He brings together an all star band which have played for the likes of Jennifer Hudson, Lauryn Hill, Goapele, and Dwele. This is not a show to miss! This is why we are putting Tad Worku in the Yoshis Spotlight: An artist to look out for. As part of this Yoshis Spotlight, you will receive a FREE limited edition Tad Worku EP when you purchase a ticket early.
Tuesday, 12/18, 8pm
From his early days at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and the Thelonius Monk Insitute of Jazz in Los Angeles, Nemeth has learned from and worked with the world’s finest jazz musicians and groups including Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Terence Blanchard, the Billy Childs Trio, Bob Sheppard, Dave Carpenter, John Clayton, Jimmy Heath, The Henry Mancini Orchestra amongst others. Relocating to New York in 2003, Nemeth’s distinctive energy and drive saw his career continuing with many of the same musicians, and also expanding to include the likes of Christian McBride, John Patitucci, Lionel Loueke, John Abercrombie, Dave Samuels, Mark Turner, Hal Crook, David Benoit, Bud Shank, Greg Hopkins, Phil Wilson, Dave Grusin, Eddie Daniels, Eddie Henderson, Ron McClure, Chris Cheek, Aaron Goldberg, Kenny Wheeler, Eli Degibri, Jonathan Kreisberg, John Ellis, Omer Avital and most recently Ilayaraja.
Many of his collaborations have become long-standing partnerships spanning over a decade. 2003 was also the start of Nemeth’s involvement with GilFeMa, a trio also featuring Lionel Loueke and Massimo Biolcati. The trio, who had been playing together since the Berklee days continued their creative efforts in this format with all three contributing compositions to the 2004 album, eponymously titled, GilFeMa (ObliqSound). Notwithstanding, college fraternity and friendship, Nemeth’s natural great range coupled with his dynamism, complexity and improvisation makes him a perfect partner in the Loueke-Biolcati-Nemeth cooperative. His contribution here as well as with other collaborations is evidence of his great versatility, which informs a unique musical personality. His expertise and vast knowledge beyond traditional jazz, has also seen him move effortlessly through contemporary jazz as well as pop, rock, electro-pop, hip hop and increasingly into ethnic and culturally diverse disciplines.
Beyond the extensive repertoire of performance and recording, Nemeth has also established his own label, Dreamer’s Collective Records and in 2007, released his debut album of original compositions, Night Songs to much accolade and features such luminaries as John Patitucci, Chris Cheek, Mark Turner, Lionel Loueke and Aaron Parks. Displaying sophistication and self-assurance, the recording has established Nemeth as a composer and arranger in his own right. A second project for the label, due for release in the spring of 2012, sees Joshua Redman, Kenny Werner, Lionel Loueke as contributors, as well as a small wind orchestra. A side project for the last couple of years, the Ferenc Nemeth Onion Project, sees Nemeth venturing into the world of rock with Hungarian musicians.
An ever-present thirst for exploration and experimentation has seen Nemeth travel widely and play with musicians from a variety of backgrounds and countries. This occupation in turn, has also resulted in Nemeth’s regular participation in workshops and teaching programs in the United States and internationally, the most recent being stints at the University of Siena and the Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music in India.