Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Yogi's Christmas / New Years Music Newsletter

Hello Everyone,

Here's the last music email before Christmas - So MERRY CHRISTMAS Y'ALL!!!

First I want to thank everyone who came to the Yoginis gig last Friday - it was really wonderful to see the Coffee House packed with all you lovely people!

This week, we have Show Brazil Christmas, The Red Hot Blues Sisters (who also can do some really great and unusual Christmas songs), and Kevin McCarthy's Jazz Group, who has been anchoring a scene in the north end for several months now.

Click these "quick links" to go directly to the listing for each artist this week:


Eduardo Mendonca/Show Brazil
Red Hot Blues Sisters
Kevin McCarthy Jazz Band


Eduardo Mendonca/Show Brazil

Friday, December 23, 1 pm
Where?: Seattle Center – Center House Stage.
A Brazilian Christmas – A holiday celebration in a Brazilian way.
Featuring: Eduardo, Bianca and Marcos Mendonça

Saturday, December 31st - From 9 p.m. to 1 am.
FESTA DE ANO NOVO - (New Year's Party in a Brazilian Way)
Capoeira, Live Music, Feijoada, etc....
Featuring: Eduardo Mendonça, Mestre Curisco, and Dora Oliveira.
Live music provided by: Eduardo Mendonça, David Pascal, Chris Monroe and Bianca Mendonça.
Where?: CAPOEIRA STUDIO(Old Rainier Brewery)
3001 Airport Way South - just off of I-5
"O Prédio do Tesão" (The building with a Big T on top that you see from I-5 next to West Seattle exit)
Seattle, WA.
Tickets: $15 at the door.
Information: (425) 254-1616 - Ana Mendonça
(206) 763-4009 - Dora Oliveira
Website: http://www.showbrazil.com/music.htm



Red Hot Blues Sisters

Dec 21, 2005 9:00 PM Club Hollywood 16718 Aurora, WA Shoreline, WA
Dec 22, 2005 9:00 PM Club Hollywood 16718 Aurora, WA Shoreline, WA
Dec 28, 2005 9:00 PM Club Hollywood 16718 Aurora, WA Shoreline, WA
Dec 29, 2005 9:00 PM Club Hollywood 16718 Aurora, WA Shoreline, WA

A New Year.........2006!
Jan 3, 2006 8:00 PM
Tulalip Casino - Big stage, dance floor, sound and lights!
www.tulalipcasino.com
take I-5 exit #202
Tulalip, WA

Jan 11, 2006 9:00 PM
New! Wednesday Invitational Blues Jam
Club Hollywood - free parking -
sushi happy hour at 10pm



Kevin McCarthy Jazz Band

12/20/2005, Tuesday, 8:00pm to 11:00pm at
GT's Sports Bar North in Lynnwood:
The Kevin McCarthy Quartet featuring Al Lindbom on guitar, Paul Gillespie on tenor sax, Larry Bergman on drums, plus yours truly on bass.
We hope our musician friends will bring their axes and sit in – we even have a mic for the vocalists. GT’s has a full bar plus your favorites beers and wine. 21 and over, no cover. This is a recurring event, every Tuesday – let’s get another jazz scene happening!


12/22/2005, Thursday, 7:30pm to 10:30pm at The Richmond Beach Bar & Grill in Richmond Beach: The Monday Jam Session.
Hosting this week: Doug Reid (Sax), Andy Roben (Keyboards), Kevin McCarthy (Bass), and John Spencer (drums).
This increasingly popular North End session is lots of fun - so come on out! The restaurant is all ages, the bar area is 21 and over. No cover.

GT's Sports Bar North
17711 Highway 99
Lynnwood, WA 98037
425-787-2549

Richmond Beach Restaurant & Bar
632 NW Richmond Beach Road
Shoreline, WA 98177
206-546-0119

Kevin McCarthy
kevin@palladium.com
206-364-9990

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

YOGI and theYOGINIS this Friday night!

My band the YOGINIS are playing Friday Night

Yoginis Songbird CD cover

This is the cover of our new Songbird CD EP coming out before the New Year.

Last chance to see my band before I go to India to record more original music.

You will see a preview of things to come in the spring.

Vocalists Samia Panni and Hilary Harris will bring us sweet harmonies, and Latin percussion powerhouse Johnny Conga will be working together with veteran drummer Ed Mays and solid bassist Tim Romain. Mike Deasy will be manning the horns. I'll be on keys, as usual.

This is a FREE SHOW at an intimate venue – ALL AGES, SMOKE FREE, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and also snacks.

In short – a NICE gig. Plus you get to see us playing our originals as well as our repertoire of cool Brazilian Jazz, a little Latin Jazz and possibly a preview of some the Indian/Jazz material we'll be working in Delhi in January and February.

The time: 8pm -10pm Friday, December 16th

The VENUE:

Coffee to a Tea w/Sugar
4541 California Ave SW
Seattle WA 98116 (206) 937-1495

Great selection of Beer, Wines, Coffee, Teas, Bake Goods from scratch, Sandwiches and other Hobbit Goodies. SMOKELESS environment, ALL AGES (KID FRIENDLY),

The music at Coffee To A Tea is managed by Michael Clune, a talented keyboards player and songwriter in his own right, who often performs his music there too.

You PERFORMERS who like cool coffee house gigs with hip knowledgeable people who LISTEN to the music need to know about this place, and talk to Michael about working there. They have music every weekend.

Yogi's trip to India

That's right, in January and February I will be in New Delhi, recording new Yoginis material with tabla virtuoso Vishal Nagar, who also plays on our CD. I will also have a chance to get to the Punjab and visit Pune. Then I'll go to the Philippines for a couple of weeks to chill with some friends. I'll have my camera and be posting on this weblog while I'm gone, like I did last year on my Philippines trip.

Cheers,

Yogi

Friday, December 02, 2005

Yogi appearing with Selassie I-Soldier and Red Hot Blues Sisters, Michael Clune, Culture Yard News

Hey Everyone!

I am trying this time to embed images into the newsletter. They look nice, but they make the webposts and emails longer. Let me know if you think it adds or detracts from the music newsletter.

Now on to the gigs:

I want to plug a special gig I am playing keyboards on:

Yogi appearing on keyboards with:

Selassie I-Soldier
Selassie I-Soldier and the Special Forces
and Baba Kaju (Alex Kajumulo of Tanzania, Africa)

Saturday 10pm - 1am
Dahlak Eritrean Restaurant
2007 S State St
(just off Rainier Ave S a couple blocks south of I-90)
Seattle, WA 98144 (206) 860-0400

And I am appearing with the
Red Hot Blues Sisters
Dec 04, 2005
7:50 PM - 8:40 PM
Friends of the Holiday Fundraiser
The Swiss Pub
1904 S. Jefferson Ave.
Tacoma, WA. 98402
253-572-2821

Teri and Suzy

This fundraiser goes from 1pm - 11pm, and there are nine other great bands.
You can hang out all day. For the complete lineup and info about the Friends of the Holiday go to:

Friends of the Holidays Updates Page

Also check The Red Hot Blues Sisters Website

And Singer/Songwriter Michael Clune:

Michael Clune & the sleep till noon band
Performing at The Corner Inn
6459 California Ave SW, Seattle, 98136 (206) 935-4818
December 2nd & 3rd Friday & Saturday evening

Northwest singer/song writer, multi-instrumentalist, band leader.
Michael Clune has been performing in the Northwest for the last 2 decades

Sleep Till Noon:
James Howard-world class guitarist, Vocalist
Mellisa Owen-Vocalist, percussion
Rob Moitoza-Bass, Vocals
Gordon Assadi (G man)Electric Violin, Guitar

Culture Yard would like to invite you to TWO new Reggae Weeklies:
Thursday nights (9pm-1am) at the Jai Thai Restaurant and Lounge on 325 Broadway E. (Capitol Hill), and
Saturday nights (10pm-2am) at the newly-re-opening Oasis on Jackson Café and Lounge at 2519 S. Jackson Street (Central District).
No Cover, ages 21 and up reggae DJ business.

For Culture yard's weekly music schedule call 206-CULTURE.

Here are the 2 upcoming Live Reggae Shows Culture Yard would like you to know about in Seattle:

The Heavyweight Dub Champions and Dr. Israel (NYC) at Lo-Fi, Thursday Dec 1st www.spacegnomerecords.com

Shaka Black, Tom O’brien and the Dub Station Band (Boston-based Tour) at Nectar, Dec. 7th www.reggae4i.com

Culture Yard Poster

That's it for now.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Special YOGINIS preview gig this Friday Night

Hello Folks!

The Yoginis are playing Friday night. Now is the time to see my band before I take off to Asia this winter!

This is a FREE SHOW at an intimate venue – ALL AGES, SMOKE FREE, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and also snacks.

In short – a NICE gig. Plus you get to see us playing our originals as well as our repertoire of cool Brazilian Jazz.

The Yoginis line-up:
Yogi McCaw – keyboards
Mike Deasy – saxes
Johnny Conga – latin percussion
Burt Boice – acoustic bass
Ed Mays – Drums
Hilary Harris – Vocals

The time: 8pm -10pm Friday, November 25th

The VENUE:

Coffee to a Tea w/Sugar
4541 California Ave SW
Seattle Wa 98116 (206) 937-1495

Great selection of Beer, Wines, Coffee, Teas, Bake Goods from scratch,Sandwiches and other Hobbit Goodies. SMOKELESS environment, ALL AGES (KID FRIENDLY),

The music at Coffee To A Tea is managed by Michael Clune, a talented keyboards player and songwriter in his own right, who often performs his music there too.

You PERFORMERS who like cool coffee house gigs with hip knowledgeable people who LISTEN to the music need to know about this place, and talk to Michael about working there. They have music every weekend.

Cheers,

Yogi

Thanksgiving /Early December Gigs

Yogi appearing on keyboards with
Selassie I-Soldier and the Special Forces
and Baba Kaju (Alex Kajumulo of Tanzania, Africa)

Saturday 10pm - 1am
Dahlak Eritrean Restaurant
2007 S State St
(just off Rainier Ave S a couple blocks south of I-90)
Seattle, WA 98144 (206) 860-0400


Eduardo Mendonca/Show Brazil
Saturday, November 26th – 2 p.m.
Multicultural Celebrations from Around the World
Where?: Bellevue Square Mall at Center CourtBellevue, WA
Featuring: Eduardo Mendonça (Vocal/Percussion) and Dora Oliveira and Bianca Mendonça (Dance).

Sunday, November 27th – 5:15 p.m. 6th Annual Winter WorldFest
Where?: Seattle Center – Center House Stage.Show Brazil!
Featuring: Eduardo Mendonça (Vocal, Guitar and Percussion), David Pascal (Bass/Percussion), Brian Kent (Sax and Flute), Denny Stern (Drums/Percussion), Dora Oliveira and Bianca Mendonça (Dance).

Jovino Santos Neto
Saturday, November 26 (yes, the Saturday after Thanksgiving...) at
8 PM at Bake's Place in Issaquah.
JSN Quarteto with Chuck Deardorf (bass), Mark Ivester (drums) and Ben Thomas (vibes).
Come hear our group in an intimate setting with great food and wine, one of the best places for live music in the area. For reservations and details, please visit http://www.bakesplace.org

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Yoginis, Jovino, Red Hotz, Senor Fiesta, and KBCS shows

Hello Music Lovers,

Good News from my group, the Yoginis

We have a gig for you;

Yoginis World Fusion Jazz
Friday November 25th 8-10 pm
Coffee to a Tea w/Sugar
4541 California Ave SW
Seattle Wa 98116
(206) 937-1495

Great selection of Beer, Wines, Coffee, Teas, Bake Goods from scratch,
Sandwiches and other Hobbit Goodies.
SMOKELESS environment, ALL AGES (KID FRIENDLY),
We lookforward to seeing you!

Also the Yoginis EP CD will be released very soon,
and Yogi has an exciting trip to India in January where he will be recording more Yoginis world fusion music with many accomplished Indian maestros, featuring tablas virtuoso Vishal Nagar of Delhi, India, who plays on our CD!

More on that as the time approaches.

Also this week:

Jovino Santos Neto

Friday, November 18 at 8 PM at the Paradox Theater
1401 NW Leary Way in Ballard
JSN Quarteto with Chuck Deardorf (bass), Mark Ivester (drums) and Ben Thomas (vibes).
Part of the Ballard Jazz Festival.
For more details, please visit: http://www.ballardjazzfestival.com/jazzwalk.html

Saturday, November 26 (yes, the Saturday after Thanksgiving...) at
8 PM at Bake's Place in Issaquah. JSN Quarteto (same personnel as above).
Come hear our group in an intimate setting with great food and wine, one of the best places for live music in the area.
For reservations and details, please visit http://www.bakesplace.org

Senor Fiesta w/ Johnny Conga

Senor Fiesta debuts its lush Latin Jazz
Friday, November 18th FREE
The Highliner, 1735 W. Thurman St., Magnolia
In Fisherman's Terminal next to Chinooks Restaurant
(Near the south end of the Ballard Bridge)
9:30 pm - Midnight
21 and over, Food Menu, Dancing
For more info call 206-283-2233

Red Hot Blues Sisters

Nov 16 9:00 PM Club Hollywood Shoreline, WA
Nov 17 9:00 PM Club Hollywood Shoreline, WA
I think you must realize by now...This is a really nice place close to home, no cover, good food and a dance floor!

Nov 19 9:00 PM Rockfish Grill Anacortes, WA
Go way up North to the shores of Anacortes and you will find us rockin’ at the Rockfish. Known for their good food and awesome blues line-up.

Soon we will have our new CD available at the shows...starting at the Rockrgrl music conference!
Producers Bonnie Hayes and Tom Pfaeffle recently joined forces with Peace Code Records on our latest EP, “Hot Off the Press” which includes ‘Ocean Beach and See You’ composed by Suze & Teri. Bonnie Hayes is best known for her hit songs "Have A Heart" and "Love Letter," restoring Bonnie Raitt to superstardom with the multi-platinum, multi-Grammy-winning CD Nick of Time. Tom Pfaeffle is best known for audio production with Heart and Queensrych. Together, they influenced an impressive sound on the new Red Hot Blues Sisters EP!


And I would like to plug my friends radio shows on KBCS (91.3FM):

Raizes with Samia Panni and Paula Maya
Saturdays 2-4 pm All types of Brazilian music
"Roots" in Portuguese, explores the music and culture of Brazil and its neighbors, with interviews and calendar. Hosts: Paula Maya and Samia Panni.


A Lado Latino with Johnny Conga
Saturdays 6-8pm Everything Latin/Afro Cuban/Puerto Rican

Al Lado Latino (On the Latin Side) represents an eclectic and diverse mix of Latin-Jazz, Latin Soul, Latin Rock, Latin Blues, Mambo-Jazz, Afro-Cuban Jazz and Afro-Caribbean Rhythms. It’s a lively fusion of Latin music showcasing the diversity of the Latin music community of yesterday and today. Hailing from the Bronx via L.A. and Miami, Johnny Conga brings many talents to KBCS as an experienced DJ and a musician of 40 years.

Friday, November 11, 2005

Yogi's Music Newsletter 11-11-2005

Hello Music Lovers!

It looks like I am only getting the newsletter out about twice a month now, so that means more gigs will be on them to cover two or three weeks with each newsletter.

Use these quick links to go directly to the artist, or just scroll through to see everyone’s shows this time.

Highlights: Paula Maya is headlining one night at the Rockgrrl conference.
I also want to point out that trumpeter extraordinaire Thomas Marriott is appearing with the new band of Tor Dietrichson called Mambo Cadillac. I caught them at the Triple Door Musicquarium last Sunday, and they’re very, very good.
Plus the usual suspects. As always, unless I think it’s high quality, I won’t post it. I stand by the quality of the music I promote on this page.

Paula Maya
Red Hot Blues Sisters
Eduardo Mendonca/Show Brazil
Jovino Santos Neto
Thomas Marriott


Paula Maya

Sunday, Nov 13th
PAULA MAYA, featuring
Ben Smith on drums - he is back! Dave Pascal on bass, and Pat Hewitt
onguitar.
Plus some great guests.
@ The "Fabulous" Rainbow Tavern
722 NE 45th (by I5) 206-634-1761
8pm - midnight
Only $3!!!

Saturday Nov 12th at 8:30pm.
The Rockgrrl music conference
The Madison Renaissance Hotel, Seattle


Red Hot Blues Sisters

Nov 12 9:00 – 1:30am Rockrgrl Music Conference Showcase
The good news is….we are showcasing…!!! (the venue and time – Wild Rose 12:30am) so really we are performing on Nov 13th first thing in the am…ha…crazy musicians!
The evening’s schedule for the venue includes Shelly Doty X-tet, Oakland, CA, Lisa Dewey, SF, CA, Dormitory Effect, NY, Alice Dean, Seattle. for more info …http://www.rockrgrl.com/

Nov 16 9:00 PM Club Hollywood Shoreline, WA
Nov 17 9:00 PM Club Hollywood Shoreline, WA
I think you must realize by now...This is a really nice place close to home, no cover, good food and a dance floor!

Nov 19 9:00 PM Rockfish Grill Anacortes, WA
Go way up North to the shores of Anacortes and you will find us rockin’ at the Rockfish. Known for their good food and awesome blues line-up.


Eduardo Mendonca and Show Brazil

Friday, November 18th
Show Brazil!
Brazilian Carnaval in Portland
Where?: Portland Community College – 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Featuring: Eduardo Mendonça (Vocal, Guitar and Percussion), Brian Kent (Sax and Flute), Burt Boice (Bass), Denny Stern (Percussion), Teo Elisio (Drums), Mestre Curisco (Capoeira), Dora Oliveira and Bianca Mendonça (Dance and back vocals).



Saturday, November 19th, 7:30pm
"Full Moon Concert Series – Heal the Earth with Music
Eduardo Mendonca and Show Brazil!
Brazilian Traditional & Contemporary Music & Dance"
Special guest: City Cantabile Choir.
This concert benefits charities helping coffee pickers and their families, and local Brazilian non-profit organizations.
Presented by Universalist Church in the Dome
14724 Avenue NE, Shoreline, WA
Featuring: Eduardo Mendonça (Vocal, Guitar and Percussion), Brian Kent (Sax and Flute), Burt Boice (Bass), Denny Stern (Drums), Dora Oliveira and Bianca Mendonça (Dance and back vocals).

Jovino Santos Neto

Saturday & Sunday, November 12 & 13 Hilltop School Auditorium, Ilwaco, WA 7 PM The Waters Speak concert with Keith Bear and Gary Stroutsos$12 adults; $7 children (under 12)
Tickets can be purchased from TICKET WINDOW
By phone: 206-325-6500
By fax: 425-450-3839
Or online: www.ticketwindowonline.com

Friday, November 18
Paradox Theater in Ballard, Seattle 7:30 PM
JSN Trio with Chuck Deardorf (bass) and Mark Ivester (drums).
Part of the Ballard Jazz Festival


Tickets: $15. (Please call 425-254-1616)

Thomas Marriott

November 10 with Randy Halberstadt
Seattle Art Museum, Art of Jazz concert series.

November 12 with Mambo Cadillac
Beso Del Sol, (45th & Stone Way) 10:00pm
Featuring: Tor Dietrichson, (conga), Ricardo Guity (drums), Dean Schmidt (bass), Julio Jauragui (piano), Carlos Cascante (vocal), Doug Beavers (trombone).

November 18 with Tumbao
Ballard Jazz Festival (@ the Lock & Keel)

Saturday, October 22, 2005

A taste of India, Jamaica, and local jazz history

Hey Music Lovers!

Some slightly different types of stuff up tonight and this weekend. I’ll be at the Bollywood show and then probably head over to the reggae show tonight. These Bollywood revues are great shows, and for $6 extra you also get a plate of Indian food! So do a little world traveling in your own back yard and check it out. Be forewarned: it’s an early show at 5:30pm. Then you can still go out and hit the bars later.

The Yoginis are working behind the scenes to get our CD out next month (finally) and then I’ll be globetrotting to India and Philippines again in Jan/Feb 2006 where we’ll be recording some new Yoginis Jazz/Indian fusion originals for later release. We’ll keep you posted. I will be playing in December again before I go, so more on that later.

Here’s what’s hot this week:

Jovino Santos Neto

Thursday, October 27 at 7:30 pm
“Seattle Follies – Cabaret with a Political Twist”

It should be a fun and interesting evening. Expect ironic political commentary, satirical sketches, and fine music by Dave and his guests.
Also appearing:
Maktub lead singer Reggie Watts
Singer/actor Sarah Rudinoff, and
Seattle's official unofficial historian Paul Dorpat with a slide-show on "Haunted Seattle."

www.townhallseattle.org

Advance, reserved section tickets $16/$13 Town Hall members, seniors & students only at www.ticketweb.com.
$18/$15 at the door.

Gregg Williamson presents a special Earshot Jazz Festival Event

JAZZ TRADITIONS: CONVERSATIONS AND DECONSTRUCTIONS
a composition by greg williamson
a featured performance of the 2005 Earshot Jazz Festival
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23, 8PM
CONSOLIDATED WORKS
500 Boren Avenue N (South Lake Union), Seattle

A new sound collage of recorded interviews, electronica and live big band. Stories from Seattle's colorful jazz legends accompanied by new music performed by a live 13-piece jazz orchestra. Come laugh and swing - a one of a kind experience!
Open rehearsal and workshop at 4pm. Free
Tickets to the 8pm performance are $12 general / $10 Earshot members. Available at www.earshot.org or by calling (206) 547-9787.

Sorry, this next one is posted a little late- my apologies! :0

Reggae Maestro Sugar Minoot from Kingston, Jamaica

Presented by Culture Yard (www.cultureyard.com)
At CHOP SUEY in Seattle’s Capitol Hill (14th Ave and Madison St)
Saturday October 22nd.
Opening up will be rising artists Jus Goodie, Itawe and Pashon Minott (Sugar’s talented daughter!) supported by their Band from Jamaica.

Tickets Day Of show will be $18. Doors Open at 9:00 PM. Ages 21+ Only.

Please pick up your discounted advance tickets for $15
Zion’s Gate Records, 11th and Pike (Capitol Hill)
Cowri Imports, 215 Broadway E.(Capitol Hill)
The Mustard Seed, MLK Jr. way + Judkins (Central District)
The Landing Music, Roosevelt + 64th (U-Dist.)
Sonic Boom Records (locations in Ballard and Fremont)
Pan Africa Café, 1521 First Ave (Pike Place Market)

And last but not least - calling all Bollywood/Indipop enthusiasts!

Asha Seattle presents
AllGoRhythms 2005
Evening of Music Masti with hits from Bollywood !


Date : Saturday October 22nd 2005, 5:30 pm
Venue : Kane Hall 130, University of Washington
Directions: http://www.ashanet.org/seattle/events/allgorhythms/drivingdirections.htm

Ticketing : Online at www.ashanet.org/seattle or contact

Kavitha Sharma: 425-785-3177
Vaibhav Bhandari : 425-706-4016
Ravi Manghani: 206-498-6522

Advance purchase: $18 main $14 balcony $10 kids ( 12 yrs & under) $5 food coupon
Door purchase: $20 main $15 balcony $10 kids ( 12 years & under) $6 food coupon

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Yogi's Music Newsletter Oct 6, 2005

Hey Friends and Fans,

I'm gigging again this Weekend with some music friends, and:
There's a special performance by tabla master Vishal Nagar, visiting from Delhi, India featuring singer Shujaat Khan, who sings in the Persian "Gazal" style. This is amazing virtuoso and spiritual music, and it's rare to have these two performing together in our area.
Also there's performances by Jovino Santos Neto, Paula Maya, and the Blues Sisters too

YOGI and FRIENDS

THIS FRIDAY AND SATURDAY OCT. 7TH & 8TH FROM 8-10 pm
At a way cool new venue called Coffee To A Tea
They have a musician named Michael Clune running the music, a nice stage and PA,
and it's ALL AGES! Yes!! We love places like this!

Friday 8-10 pm - YOGI & FRIENDS, PERFORMING HIP, COOL, BRAZILIAN JAZZ.
I'll have Vocalist Hilary Harris, Sax Man Mike Deasy, Bassist Rob Moitoza, and Percussionist Ricardo Guity with me.
Also a special guest appearance by Taiwanese Singer Shanel Hsu from NYC!

Also at Coffee to a Tea this weekend:
Saturday 8-10 pm - Kristy O'Kelly, She's Funky, Alternative, Bluesy,
Jazzy and so entertaining.

Coffee to a Tea w/Sugar
4541 California Ave SW
Seattle Wa 98116
(206) 937-1495

Great selection of Beer, Wines, Coffee, Teas, Bake Goods from scratch,
Sandwiches and other Hobbit Goodies. SMOKELESS environment, friendly
service and a comfortable place to unwind and feel good. We look
forward to seeing you!
We're kid friendly too!

JOVINO SANTOS NETO
JSN Trio is top-notch, hands down. Plus a RARE solo piano recital by Jovino. Exquisite!

Saturday, Oct. 8, 9 PM at
St. Clouds
1131 34th. Ave. in Madrona,
Seattle, 206-726-1522 -
JSN Trio with Burt Boice (bass) and Jeff Busch (drums).
No cover charge, all ages.
More info at www.stclouds.com

Saturday, Oct. 15, 7 PM at
88 Keys Performance Studio in Langley, Whidbey Island
5024 Saratoga Road, Langley, WA 98260, 360.221.0362
Jovino solo piano recital.
For complete information and reservations,
please visit www.maureengirard.com

SHUJAAT KHAN AND VISHAL NAGAR on Vashon Island Friday, Oct, 7!

Shujaat Khan is returning to Vashon Island for an encore performance with Vishal Nagar. Their performance of two years ago electrified Vashon when they played at David Smith's Javanese hall. This year the show is to be held on
Friday, October 7th at 8:00 at the Vashon High School Theater.

Tickets may be reserved by phoning Bill Moyer (206) 463-4784 or sending a check to:
Bill Moyer
P.O. Box 278
Vashon, WA 98070

RED HOT BLUES SISTERS
Damn these grrls RAWK!
Oct 6, 2005 9:00 PM Club Hollywood Shoreline, WA
Oct 12, 2005 9:00 PM Club Hollywood Shoreline, WA
Oct 13, 2005 9:00 PM Club Hollywood Shoreline, WA
Oct 16, 2005 9:00 PM J & M CAFE 201 1st Ave - after game party Seahawks.Houston Seattle, WA

PAULA MAYA
If you haven't heard Paula's group, you haven't heard anything like it, because nobody else has her sound. It's original, it's rockin', it's very cool.

SAT OCT 8th - EARLY SHOW / NO COVER!
PAULA MAYA
@ TOST, in Fremont.
HAPPY HOUR: 6:30 - 8pm

FOR MORE INFO:
http://www.paulamaya.com
http://www.cdbaby.com/paulamaya
http://www.sonicbids.com/paulamaya

Friday, September 30, 2005

Reggae, Rhythm & Blues, and Rock for ya this week

Hi Everyone,
This week I am appearing with a reggae band, and Culture Yard has organized a reggae massive.On the R&B and Rock side, The Red Hot Blues Sisters and Paula Maya are keeping the burners going.Here's the rundown:

Yogi on keyboards appearing with:
Selassie I-Soldier and the Special Forces
Sat, Oct 1st 9pm $10 cover
Dahlak Eritrean Restaurant
2007 S. State St.Seattle WA
Sister Suzy of the Red Hot Blues Sisters will also be joining us for a few R&B numbers
Also on the bill -
Big bad Daddy Kaju

Red Hot Blues Sisters
Sep 30, 2005 9:00 PM Water St. Brewery Port Townsend, WA
Oct 5, 2005 9:00 PM Club Hollywood Shoreline, WA
Oct 6, 2005 9:00 PM Club Hollywood Shoreline, WA
Oct 12, 2005 9:00 PM Club Hollywood Shoreline, WA
Oct 13, 2005 9:00 PM Club Hollywood Shoreline, WA
Club Hollywood
16716 Aurora Ave N
Shoreline, WA 98133 (206) 546-4444
or contact
BigSisMedia teri@BigSisMedia.com 206-940-2589

Paula Maya Band
SAT OCT 1st:THE WOLF CONNECTION: featuring singer/ percussionist Jim Wolf, with thePaula Maya band. We'll be playing mostly his material, with a few of ouroriginals.
@ SALMON BAY EAGLES, in Ballard.7 - 11pm

SAT OCT 8th - EARLY SHOW / NO COVER!
PAULA MAYA@ TOST, in Fremont.
HAPPY HOUR: 6:30 - 8pm
FOR MORE INFO: http://www.paulamaya.com
http://www.cdbaby.com/paulamaya
http://www.sonicbids.com/paulamaya

Legendary Reggae Man Winston Jarrett and others
Presented by Culture Yard
Come enjoy the conscious reggae music of
Winston Jarrett (Jamaica), and
Seattle's own Wet City Rockers,
and a special appearance from Belize's ranking reggae ambassador, Ras Indio.
It's a 21+ night of roots reggae vibes at
Studio 7, located at
110 S. Horton Street,
8 blocks south of the Seattle Stadiums on 1st Ave S.,
1 block north of the West Seattle Bridge / Spokane Street intersection.
Please tell your neighbors and bring your family.
Doors open at 9:30, admission is $12 at the door,
DJ entertainment provided by Selecta Raiford with the Culture Yard Sound.

Culture Yard International, founded in Seattle, Washington in 2004, is a Rastafarian Arts Co-operative producing Reggae and World community functions. Part promoter, producer, talent-scout, artist-rep, and manager, Culture Yard is seeking to manage Seattle's first Global Arts N' Culture Center.
Hotline: 206-CULTURE
Online: www.cultureyard.com

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Reggae, Rock, Brazilian, and Jazz for you

Hey Music lovers!

We have a pretty full schedule of gigs for you over the next week or so:

I am playing keyboards with
SELASSIE I-SOLDIER AND THE SPECIAL FORCES
Saturday OCT 1st 9pm
Dahlak Eritrean Restaurant2007 S State StSeattle, WA 98144$10 cover charge

PAULA MAYA
NEXT SEATTLE SHOWS:
Paula also has some shows in Austin, TX and LA. Check her website for those.
SAT OCT 1st:THE WOLF CONNECTION: featuring singer/ percussionist Jim Wolf, with thePaula Maya band. We'll be playing mostly his material, with a few of ouroriginals.@ SALMON BAY EAGLES, in Ballard.7 - 11pm
SAT OCT 8th - EARLY SHOW / NO COVER!PAULA MAYA@ TOST, in Fremont.HAPPY HOUR: 6:30 - 8pm
FOR MORE INFO:http://www.paulamaya.comhttp://www.cdbaby.com/paulamayahttp://www.sonicbids.com/paulamaya

RED HOT BLUES SISTERS
(just go see this freakin' band - that's all I have to say!)
Sep 25, 2005 9:00 PM New Orleans Seattle / Pioneer Square, WASep 30, 2005 9:00 PM Water St. Brewery Port Townsend, WA
BigSisMediateri@BigSisMedia.com206-940-2589P. O. Box 75132Seattle, Washington 98175

Eduardo Mendonca - Show Brazil
You want the real Brazilian Samba music? It's here. Tell him Yogi sent ya. You will not see any better Brazilian music in the Pacific Northwest than this. And yes, that's my teacher Jovino playing keyboards. Number one pick this week, hands down. Go and find out why.
Thursday, September 29th - 10:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.Brazilian music featuring: Eduardo Mendonça (Guitar, Vocal, Percussion) Jovino Santos Neto (Piano, Flute), Jeff Busch (Drums), Denny Stern (Percussion), Jon Cuenca (Trombone), and Evan Flory Barnes (Bass) Where?: Bejo Del Sol Restaurantcorner of 45th St. and Stone Way – (Wallingford) Seattle, WA
There is a $7 cover charge

Friday, September 30th – 8:30 – 11:30 p.m.
Eduardo Mendonça (Bossa-Nova and MPB)
Where?: Jubilante Restaurant305 Burnett Ave S. - Renton, WA 98055Featuring: Eduardo Mendonça (Vocal/Guitar) and Denny Stern (Percussion)
PS: To e-mail me directly, please use: eduardo@showbrazil.com
- Eduardo Mendonça has been nominated for the Best Brazilian Male Singer in the U.S. in the 2005 Brazilian International Press Awards.- Eduardo also is winner of Aspasia Phoutrides Pulakis Memorial Award 2005 for his significant contributions to the Brazilian Community and the community at-large of the Northwest.
Eduardo MendonçaPhone: (425) 254-1616-Show Brazil Productions, DirectorWeb site: http://www.showbrazil.com

KEVIN MCCARTHY JAZZ GROUP
9/19/2005, Monday, 7:30pm to 10:30pmRichmond Beach Restaurant & Bar(formerly Dale's Delicatessen)632 NW Richmond Beach RoadShoreline, WA 98177206-546-0119
9/20/2005, Tuesday, 8:00pm to 11:00pmGT's Sports Bar North17711 Highway 99Lynnwood, WA 98037425-787-2549
Kevin McCarthykevin@palladium.com206-364-9990

Cheers,
Yogi

Friday, September 09, 2005

Yogi lives! Now for the good news...

Hey Everyone,

I fell off the ends of the earth for awhile there. Sorry about that. Apologies if I missed posting any of your shows (I missed posting some of my own, in fact).

But what's worse is...I'm ba-a-ack!

OK, without shedding any additional tears, on to this week's gigs. We have shows this week by Jovino Santos Neto, Eduardo Mendonca and Show Brazil, The Pony Boy Records Jazz Picnic with a great lineup, and some shows with singer/songwriter Kellee Bradley.

First this:

My friend Ahmed Tarawally Jr from Sierra Leone West Africa, has taken over Mama Jo's Java, a coffee stand on Lake City Way. On Sunday Ahmed and a few friends will have an informal jam in the parking lot next to the coffee stand. If you're in Northeast Seattle and want to stop in and say hi, we'll be there 11am - 3pm chilling and jamming.

***please note this is only if the weather is good***
Ahmed and friends Mama Jo's Java
11310 Lake City Way NE (next to the carwash!)
Sunday Sept 11th, 11am - 3pm
Free. 206-440-5844
Ask Ahmed about specials on coffee drinks during the jam.

Jovino Santos Neto:

Saturday, September 10 from 9 to 11:30 PM at St. Clouds, 1131 34th. Ave. in Madrona, ph: (206) 726-1522 . Jovino Santos Neto Trio with Burt Boice (bass) and Ben Thomas (drums). No cover, all ages.For more info: Jovino Santos Netojovino@jovisan.netWeb site: www.jovisan.net

Eduardo Mendonca and Show Brazil:
To e-mail Eduardo directly, please use: eduardo@showbrazil.com

Sunday, September 11th – 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Brazilian Independence Day Celebration
Eduardo Mendonça (Bossa-Nova and MPB)Where?: Samba Brazilian Steakhouse1122 Alberni ST – Vancouver, BC – Canada

Thursday, September 15th - 10:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.Brazilian Music featuring: Eduardo Mendonça (Guitar, Vocal, Percussion) Jovino Santos Neto (Piano, Flute), Jeff Busch (Drums), Denny Stern (Percussion), Jon Cuenca (Trombone), and Evan Flory Barnes (Bass)

Where?: Bejo Del Sol Restaurant - corner of 45th St. and Stone Way – (Wallingford) Seattle, WA There is a $7 cover charge

Greg Williamson, jazz drummer, is playing at the Pony Boy Records Jazz PicnicPonyBoy is a label that features Seattle's most well known local jazz artists. The picnic line-up reads like a who's-who of Seattle Jazz.

Pony Boy Records JAZZ PICNIC
11th of September, 2005, Sunday afternoon
12:00 noon - 5:00pmFREE!

Sand Point Magnuson ParkGarden Amphitheatre7400 Sandpoint Way NE, Seattle, Washington(north entrance to the park at 74th)
maps, directions, line-up, photos and more info:http://www.ponyboyrecords.com/files/festival/jazz_picnic.html

Kellee Bradley, singer-songwriter (OK this is a departure from the usual jazz/world listings, but I've seen this lady and she sings like a bird and puts on a good show. Plus she's a friend of Paula Maya...)

Sept. 11th, 11:30am Bite of Crossroads, Crossroads Mall, Bellevue, Crossroadsbellevue.com

Sept. 11th, 9pm, Paragon Grill, Queen Anne, with Sue Quigley and Alicia Dara

Sept. 13th, Bellevue Live at Lunch, 11:30-1 Skyline Tower 10900 NE 4th St, Bellevue

Sept. 16th, Tost in Fremont, CD Release Party 9:30...Kellee and Voodoo Lounge, starts at 10pm $6 Cover

In the words of the immortal entertainer Porky Pig:
Thpty-Thpty-Thpty-That's all, Folks!

Yogi

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Yogi and Friends, Blues Sisters, Thomas Marriott

Hello Music Friends!

I have a short-notice gig at a new coffee house called Coffee To A Tea in the West Seattle Junction neighborhood. Come and enjoy, we'll be doing a chill gig of bossa nova, and light jazzy samba. Coffee to a tea has music every Friday and Saturday, so it's a nice place to check out some local talent and enjoy a cool, relaxed coffee house atmosphere.

Yogi and friends
Friday August 5th (tomorrow night!)
8 - 10pm

Coffee to a Tea
4541 California Ave SW
Between Alaska and Oregon Sts.
8 - 10pm

Yogi - Keyboards
Hilary Harris - Vocals
Tim Romain - Bass
Ricardo Guity - Congas



And also tomorrow night, if you wish a slightly rowdier blues bar vibe:

Red Hot Blues Sisters
Fri Aug 5th 10pm
Doc Maynard's - Pioneer Square
www.redhotbluessisters.com.
206-920-4747


And rising jazz trumpet star
Thomas Marriott at Tula's:

The Thomas Marriott Quartet
Saturday Night Aug 6th
Tula's Restaurant and Nightclub
2214 Second Ave (between Bell and Blanchard Sts)

Thomas Marriott - Trumpet
Rick Mandyck - Guitar,
Jose Martinez- Drums
Phil Sparks - Bass.

Tula's offers a full bar and dinner menu, stiff drinks and friendly service so make your reservation today by calling 443-4221. Hope to see you there!

For more information, please visit www.thomasmarriott.net

Enjoy the Soundz!

Yogi

Monday, July 25, 2005

African Knights, Blues Sisters Jam, Jovino, Show Brazil

Hello lovers of all kinds of good music!

African Knights

The African Knights will be at Hidmo this Sunday Night

This is one of my main groups, we play African style reggae originals and covers, Bob Marley songs, and mix it up with some soukous. We had a blast at Langston Hughes last weekend! This will be the farewell gig for Michel Tyabji, our drummer, before he moves to Los Angeles where fame and fortune surely await! Don't forget we knew you before you became famous, Michel!

Sunday, July 31st 8pm
HIDMO Eritrean Restaurant
Sunday African Music Series
2000 S. Jackson St(206) 329-1534



Red Hot Blues Sisters

The Red Hot Blues Sisters are hosting an invitational jam session at the Scarlet Tree on Thursday night. Music starts 9:30-ish. These jam sessions are f**kngruuuvin, people! Don't miss out this time! I'll be there and they might be kind enough to let me play a little bit again this time. They don't have anyone to hit any wrong notes except me - and somebody has do it :)

Red Hot Blues Sisters Invitational Jam
The Scarlet Tree
6521 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, 98115 - (206) 523-4939

Jovino Santos Neto

Jovino Santos Neto, the local one-man hurricane of Brazilian music, has a choice gig at Bake's place. Bake's place is one of the nicer clubs in the whole metro area, and Jovino's Quinteto is one of the choice Brazilian jazz groups in the northwest.

Saturday, July 30 at 8 PM at Bake's Place (4135 Providence Point Dr. SE, Issaquah, WA 98029 phone: 425-391-3335). JSN Quarteto with Ben Thomas (vibraphone), Tim Carey (bass) and Mark Ivester (drums). A great venue for intimate, live music with great food and ambiance. Reservations recommended. More details at www.bakesplace.org

Jovino Santos Neto
jovino@jovisan.net
Web site: www.jovisan.net

Eduardo Mendonca and Show Brazil!

Eduardo Mendonca and Show Brazil! are all over the place, after a very successful outdoor show in Mercer Island (my neighborhood!) last week.

Wednesday, July 27th - 12 noon - 1 pm
Eduardo Mendonça – Vocal/Guitar (Bossa-Nova and MPB)
Music on the Mall - Glenn Terrell Mall (Sponsored by Washington State University)
Pullman, WA

Thursday, July 28th – 8:30 pm.
Eduardo Mendonça – Vocal & Guitar (Bossa-Nova and MPB)
Where?: LUNA JAZZ.
30 E. Broadway – Eugene, Oregon

Friday, July 29th - 7 to 9 p.m.
Eduardo Mendonça – Vocal & Guitar (Bossa-Nova and MPB)
Brazil Butikim Restaurant
12306 SE Powell Blvd. (Across 122nd Av)
Portland, OR 97236-3432

Saturday, July 30th
5:50 - 6:30 p.m.
Tacoma Ethnic Fest
(Downtown Tacoma) - Tacoma, WA

More information? www.showbrazil.com
To e-mail Eduardo direct, please: eduardo@showbrazil.com
Bookings: ana@showbrazil.com

Friday, July 15, 2005

The African Knights Live!

Hello Music Lovers!

Now's your chance to see The African Knights. We have a couple of shows this month. The first one is part of Community Event called The Celebration of Life at the langston Highes Cultural center in the Central District.

The second one is as a part of the Sunday Night African Music Series at Hidmo Restaurant on Jackson St. Hidmo is the place that has the most African music in town nowadays. So come and chill with the African musicians and enjoy the East African chow and beers.

We'll be featuring singer Shervonne, and guitarist Guilliame Mpacko of Cameroon, as well as the African Knights core members Ahmed on singing, bass, and compositions, Yours truly on keyboards, Michel Tyabji from Tanzania, and Susan Nelson on bass. We'll be mixing up the African Reggae with a few traditional soukous numbers.

Your choice of how you would like your African Knights served up: with a Community Fair or in THE place for the African Music scene in Seattle.

Here's the info.

African Knights

Sunday, July 17th, 7pm
Langston Hughes Cultural Center
104 17th Ave S (at Yesler Way)
Celebration of Life Event

Sunday, July 31st 8pm
HIDMO Eritrean Restaurant
Sunday African Music Series
2000 S. Jackson St(206) 329-1534




Hakuna Matata!

Yogi

Saturday, July 09, 2005

Blues Sisters, Paula Maya, and Jovino

Hi Everyone,

I will be sitting in at the Red Hot Blues Sisters Invitational Jam sessions on the 14th and 28th of July (both are Thursday nights). Please come, these jam sessions are a blast because the Sisters know so many great musicians. The first one this spring was an absolute gas. So if you want great people, good jams, great vibes...

Here's the scoop on it, plus a great outdoor gig by Jovino's group in Seward Park and some more good soundz from Paula and Co.:

Red Hot Blues Sisters

Saturday July 9th-9pm Rockfish Grill - Anacortes
Sunday July 10th-4pm Seattle Peace Concert - Volunteer Park
Thursdays, July 14th & 28th - 9pm Scarlet Tree (Roosevelt) Invitational Jam

To all our musician friends...just let us know you want to sit in at the jam and we will put you on the guest list!!

More about the band and gigs at

http://www.redhotbluessisters.com

BigSisMedia Artists
teri@BigSisMedia.com
206-920-4SIS
P. O. Box 75132
Seattle, Washington 98175


Paula Maya

WHEN: THURSDAY JULY 14th
WHERE: The Central Tav. in Pioneer Square
WHO: PAULA MAYA, featuring Paula Maya, Pat Hewitt, Dave Pascal and Mike
Cotta.
with guests GARY REYNOLDS AND THE BRIDES OF OBSCURITY
9:30pm - 1:30am

Contact: Niemeyer Productions
Burle Niemeyer
burle@oz.net
(206)782-6958
http://www.paulamaya.com


Jovino Santos Neto

Sunday, July 10 from 3:30 to 5 PM at Seward Park Amphiteater, in Seward Park, Seattle - Jovino Santos Neto Quinteto with Hans Teuber (flute, saxes) Chuck Deardorf (bass), Mark Ivester (drums) and Jeff Busch (percussion). Free Concert in the Park Series. For details, please go to http://www.seedseattle.org/arts/concert_series/index.htm

Monday, July 11 at noon and at 7:30 PM in Blaine, WA . JSN Trio with Chuck Deardorf (bass) and Mark Ivester (drums) as part of the Blaine Jazz Festival. For information, please go to http://www.pacificartsassoc.org/studentinfo.html

Cheers,
Yogi

Sunday, July 03, 2005

Jovino, Eduardo, Thomas Marriott, and Greg Williamson

Hi Music Lovers!

Thomas Marriott, the Seattle trumpeter whose making a name for himself nationally and, incidentally will also be on my new CD when it comes out has a gig with his brother and their Quintet:

The Marriott Brothers Quintet

will be performing on Sunday, July 10th at the New Orleans Creole Restaurant in historic Pioneer Square from 7:30-10:30pm.
This performance will reunite Thomas & David for the first time in Seattle in over a year.
Joining the brothers will be Matt Jorgensen on drums, Geoff Harper on bass and Ryan Burns on piano.
Don't miss this special evening of music in the casual atmosphere of the New Orleans Restaurant, featuring a full bar and dinner menu.
For more information visit
www.thomasmarriott.net.

Thomas is a Garfield High School Jazz Band Alumnus, who moved to New York City, where he cut his teeth performing with many well known jazz artists including THREE world tours with Maynard Ferguson's Big Band.
Let me tell you, he's got a Phat Trumpet Sound. Highly recommended.

And, the tireless Jovino is working together with the equally tireless Eduardo Mendonca to bring you some great Brazilian gigs:

Tuesday, July 5 and July 19 - Jovino Santos Neto (piano, flute, accordion) with Eduardo Mendonça (voice, guitar, percussion), Burt Boice (bass) and Chris Stromquist (drums, July 5) and Jeff Busch (drums, July 19) at the Wonder Bar in Wallingford, 1723 N. 45th St., Seattle, WA 98105. We play from 8 to 11 PM.

And Jovino has a couple of other good things happening this month too:

Sunday, July 10 from 3:30 to 5 PM - The Jovino Santos Neto Quinteto will perform as part of the 2005 Cultural Celebration Series at the Seward Park Amphitheatre in South Seattle. Free, all ages. For more info, go to http://www.seedseattle.org/arts/concert_series/index.htm
Monday, July 11 at noon and also at 7:30 PM - Jovino Santos Neto Trio at the Blaine Jazz Festival, Blaine, WA. Please visit http://www.pacificartsassoc.org/studentinfo.html for more details.
Saturday, July 16 at 7 PM at the Bloedel Reserve in Bainbridge Island - The Waters Speak with Jovino Santos Neto (piano), Gary Stroutsos (flutes) and Mandan storyteller and singer Keith Bear. For more information, please visit: http://www.bloedelreserve.org/text800/concerts/concerts2/index.html

Eduardo is not be beaten - here's his next gigs too:

Saturday, July 9th - 8:30 - 10:30 am
Eduardo Mendonça (Bossa-Nova and MPB)
Where?: Maple Leaf Lutheran Church
10005 32nd Ave NE - Seattle, WA 98125

Saturday, July 9th - 7-8:30 p.m.
Show Brazil! (Brazilian Music and Dance)
Where?: 2nd Annual Education Conference
ISLANWOOD - 4450 Blakely Avenue NE
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110-2257

Finally, Veteran Jazz Drummer Greg Williamson will add high-quality jazz to your July 4th:

GREG WILLIAMSON TRIO
WA-MU FAMILY FOURTH AT LAKE UNION (*#% fireworks *%#?!)
Monday, July 4th, 7pm
VIP Area @ Gasworks Park, Seattle
http://familyfourth.org
w/John Hansen, piano - Larry Holloway, bass - Greg Williamson, drums
+ guests!

Friday, June 17, 2005

Saturday at the Fremont Fair

Yo' folks!

Here's the musicians I know, or have heard before and liked, that are going to be at the Fremont Fair - all of them on Saturday, it turns out.

Saturday:

11:30-12:15 Little Big Man Reggae - Redhook stage - Always a solid choice - good reggae by Seattle guys who have bothered to study the art and play it in a way deserving a good listen.
12:45-1:30 Paula Maya Latin Pop - Redhook Stage - Why can't the critics decide where this band goes? Sure, Paula is Brazilian, but this is a ROCK band, people - and a damn good one.
2:00-2:45 Kellee Bradley Folk/Pop - Waterfront Stage - Solid Singer, good lyrics. Lotta heart and soul.
7:15-8:00 Wet City Rockers Reggae - Redhook Stage - local boyz make good reggae - both originals and covers. I have even played with this band a few times. Nice end to the festival's first day.

Cheers,

Yogi

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Yoginis at Wonder Bar; and Jovino at Benaroya with SRJO

That's right - my Band the Yoginis Live this Sunday, June 12th!

Sun June 12th at 9pm - midnight
The Wonder Bar
1723 N. 45th St. (Corner of N45 th St and Wallingford Ave N, directly across from the QFC)
Seattle, WA 98105
Phone: 206-633-4500
FREE - No Cover Charge!!

We're at the Wonder Bar - One of the Wonders is the Nice BABY GRAND PIANO that they have.
Plus, it's a very nicely designed chill room - luxurious furniture, nice woodwork, soft lighting, and, if the weather's warm, they open up the walls of doors and you can chill outside (with your drink!) and listen to the music. Expect a lot of bossas and jazzy sambas on this gig, plus we'll mix in the originals too.

At the Wonder Bar The Yoginis will be:
Yogi - Piano and keyboards, compositions
Hilary Harris - vocals (Portuguese, English)
Mike Deasy - Saxophones
Tim Romain - Bass
Ed Mays - Drums
Ricardo Guity - Percussion

AND - Jovino Santos Neto, my friend and teacher, premiering new compositions with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra at Benaroya! Read on below.

Cheers,

Yogi

Monday, June 06, 2005

Jovino - New Original Compositions with SRJO

Hi Music Lovers!

This just in - I'll be at the Saturday show. It's a "don't miss".

Jovino Santos Neto with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra

SRJO to Premiere New Work by Jovino Santos Neto at Latin Jazz! Concert, June
11 and 12

Check Jovino's Website for full write-ups about the event.

Dates, times and ticket prices:

- Saturday, June 11, 2005, 7:30pm
Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall

- Sunday, June 12, 2005, 3:00pm
Kirkland Performance Center

Tickets: $16-$32

Available at:
- SRJO offices (206-523-6159) www.srjo.org
- Kirkland Performance Center (425-893-9900)
- Benaroya Hall (walk up sales only)
- TicketMaster outlets (206-292-ARTS)

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Correction

Hello Everyone,

I mis-spelled David Macauslan's name below. He is appearing with West Coastal Folk, led by Victory Music board member Alex perlman who decribes the group as "Neo-Folk/Blues/Country/Grass."

See ya at Folklife

Yogi

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Yogi's Folklife Picks

I expect to see thousands carrying around my guide this weekend (hahaha).

Visit the NW Folklife site for more info and a map of the grounds. OK, folks, here we go:

Friday:

5pm: West Coastal Folk - band of Alex Perlman, with my friend David McCaslan in the group On the Fisher Green Stage

8:30pm Paula Maya Band - Eclectic World Rock - the Rainier Room

Saturday:

Colors and Cutures of India 11am - 2pm. McCaw Hall OK, I don't know any of the performers here personally, but as you know, I'm a sucker for Indian culture and music. And Seattle is blessed to have some really top notch Indian artists, so I know this will be worth going early to Folklife for.

West African Griot Traditions Show.

12:30pm Fountain Lawn Stage Mapathe Diop - ever hear of the Senegalese "Sabar" drum? If not, you should go to this.

Souleymane N'Diaye, at 1:20pm also of Senegal. This guy is a local treasure that we are lucky to have here in Seattle.

At 2:10pm - Naby Camara's Lagni Sussu - Hey I am in this band! So it's a must-see. Actually, if you've never seen the two-time Canadian Juno Award Winning Naby Camara and his simply amazing balafon playing, then you need to be there. Me- I just stand on stage and smile, as usual.

At 3pm, Thione Diop - a world class African drum workout, in case you haven't danced beyond the point of oblivion during the first three shows.

Hindustani Classical Music 2-4pm, McCaw Hall
Deepa Banerjee 2:10pm, Bindaas 2:50pm, and The Mishras 3:30pm Find a comfortable seat, close your eyes, and let the deep tones of India transport you
to inner musical enlightenment. That sounds humorous, but don't be fooled: I mean it. This is deep music. This is India.

Classical Traditions of Asia Show3-5pm, Intiman Theatre

Wu Ziyang -3pm, Chinese Guqin (Zither-like instrument), and K. Sridhar 4pm - Northern Indian/World styles

New World Order Show 7-10pm Mural Amphitheatre

Babukishan/Gypsy India 7pm More excellent Indian culture and music
Flow Motion 8pm I haven't seen these guys yet, but they're scrunched between two other great acts,so I think I'll be there. Their blurb says "rich vocals and funky grooves".
Children of the Revolution 9pm One of Seattle's most well established "World Gypsy" Bands. It's worth your time to find out why. Always a rowdy good time and plenty of talent with these guys.

Sunday

Mag Kaisa, The Filipino Show 2-5pm International Dance stage.
The three hour extravaganza ends with "Tawag Ng Tanghalan" Singing Champions of 2004. These guys are the Filipino version of American Idol's best of 2004. Let me tell you, my Filipino friends go bonkers over this stuff. I'll probably be there by default, because my Filipino friends are very close to my heart, as those of you who know me are already aware of.

Urembo Wa Afrika, "Beautiful Africa" 4:30-5:30pm, Intiman Theatre. Subtitled "Africa in Music, Dance, and Fashion", the name says it all. Enjoy the
profound and lasting cultural contributions of a continent that is really struggling in these times. God Bless Africa!

Kane Mathis5-5:30pm Mandinka Harp Music of West Africa, Nesholm Family Lecture Hall in McCaw Hall. Kane's music is entrancing. He plays with Naby Camara sometimes too, and the Mandinka Harp/Balafon combination can really create some beautiful music spaces.

The Balkan Dance Party 5-11pm at Seattle Center. Six hours of Balkan madness?? What the hell is this all about? Good thing there's places to buy beer in the center House. I know I'd need at least two three to get through something like this. Balkanarama at 10:15 I've seen before, and the word "Hot" in their description is right on. You will be well rewarded for staying late to see them. Heck, Monday's a holiday, you don't have to go home early! Enjoy!

The Brazilian Show starts at 6pm at the Mural Amphitheatre
Show Brazil! which is Eduardo Mendonca's group at 9pm, is always one of my favorites. He deserves the headliner spot on the gig, no doubt about it.

Monday

Cuchata3:30pm Bagley Lawn Stage. Latino Soul music - need I say more?

Anzanga Marimba Ensemble 4pm Fountain Lawn Stage. One of Seattle's first marimba groups, still sounding great after all these years

Ancient Sounds 4:40pm Fountain Lawn Stage. Newest project of Rob Pastorak and TJ Morris, the dynamic duo that gave us Maya Soleil. TJ's Swedish wife Petra sings like an angel. You should just stay after Anzanga and catch these guys. You went to Anzanga, right? Good boys and girls!

The Reggae Show starts at 6pm at the Mural Amphitheatre. A Seattle Folklife tradition. Bring a blanket, get comfy, dig in, light up (did I really say that?) and get ready to dance. Adrian Xavier starts it off. I must know half of the group at least. Xavier's music is totally positive, and with Bob Antolin on saxes, and wicked, wicked, wicked Jamaican-born Lennox Holman on deep bass grooves, he's gonna lay it down yet again. This is one of my favorite local reggae groups, no bones about it.Cannon/Lion of Judah and Nuffsed will finish you off. Go ahead - let yourself sink into some deep Rasta chants. Release, relax, Jah Rastafari!

Cheers,

Yogi

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Paoli Mejias with Layla Angulo, Soyaya at Hidmo

Something for Latin Jazz Lovers and for African Music Enthusiasts!

Layla sez:

We wanted to pass this info on about the incredible percussionist, Paoli Mejias.
He will be playing this Monday, May 23rd at the Triple Door for a very rare and special performance. Also, Layla Angulo will be performing as a special guest!

Paoli's Latin Jazz Quintet
The Triple Door Mainstage
May 23rd Monday 7:30 pm
Reservations: 206-838-4333
http://www.thetripledoor.net/event.aspx?eid=792
With special guest: Layla Angulo

We hope to see you there! (Under 21 admitted to Mainstage Theatre)
Information, Bookings & Management: Sarah Vogel 787-548-0772

Also, on the African plate:

HIDMO Eritrean Restaurant
2000 S. Jackson St
Seattle, WA
(206) 329-1534

May 29 = Soyaya
Music of West Africa, featuring Mohammed Shaibu (Ghana) on vocals, guitar,
and talking drum, Edward Souarez (Guinea) on vocals, calabash, and other
percussion, and Caxambu (USA) on percussion. The return of this group is
much anticipated as their first show at HIDMO was a blast.

See ya!

Yogi

Monday, May 16, 2005

Yogi in a VERY SPECIAL SHOW of world music!

Hey Everyone,

I have a VERY SPECIAL SHOW that I will be performing in this weekend. This is "don't miss" for those of you who know me and know my tastes in music. The Bhakti Ensemble features the work of Composer/Violinist Gordon Assadi, my good friend, and also the violinist on my upcoming CD. Gordon is fluent in both East Indian, Greek and American Styles, and can play a bit of jazz too. We are very honored that the Tibetan Buddhists have decided to host our show.

BHAKTI Eclectic Ensemble

Saturday, May 21st at 7:30pm
Sakya Monastery
108 NW 83rd Street (One block west of Greenwood Ave. N)

$10 general admission

Gordon Assadi - violins
Ann Lindquist - flutes
Larry Mahlis - frame drums, tabla, percussion
Yogi McCaw - keyboards
Maria Potter - voice
Alfred Rordame – sitar

For more information contact:
Gordon Assadi – (206) 297-1869, gassadi@hotmail.com

The Bhakti Ensemble is a diverse musical experience ranging from North and South Indian classical, Greek, jazz and folk traditions.

We have the privilege of performing at the Sakya Monastery, a Tibetan Buddhist temple, in Seattle's Greenwood neighborhood. You can't miss the temple, it's yellow with red trim and there are prayer wheels on the outside. The shrine room is decorated from floor to ceiling with deities, paintings, murals, and mandalas, we'll be performing in the cultural hall with the deities downstairs.

This is a very unique group of musicians, so don't miss this special evening. We hope to see you there!

Cheers,

Yogi

Paula Maya, Naby Camara this weekend

Hello,

We have Paula Maya, and we have Naby Camara this weekend:

FRIDAY MAY 20TH
PAULA MAYA, with Pat, Dave, Michael and Paula
@ TOST 513 N.36th in Fremont Seattle, WA
Music starts at 9:30pm

Opening the show:
MOFIUS - "Mofius features a great guitarrist and a soulful singer," sez Paula.

Closing the show:
THE HUMIDIFLIERS - "Seattle's Humidifliers are a funk folk rock explosion," sez Paula.

3 bands that rock for only $6
paulamaya.com

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And we have Naby Camara and Lagni Sussu At Hidmo Retaurant:

HIDMO Eritrean Restaurant
2000 S. Jackson St
Seattle, WA
(206) 329-1534
Free Admission (donations welcome)
Nonsmoking venue
Live African music and east African cuisine

May 22 = Lagni Sussu
Master of the melodic balafon (traditional xylophone), Naby Camara from
Guinea, West Africa, brings his band Lagni Sussu to the HIDMO. Naby has
received two Juno awards (Canadian "Grammy) for his musicianship.

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See ya there!

Yogi

Monday, May 09, 2005

Maya Soleil, Jovino, Paula, Naby Camara, Kane Mathis

Hi Everyone,

A few things up on the world music menu for you this week:

Thursday, May 19, 5:45-8:15 pm
Bothell, WA
Maya Soleil Traditions = 5:45 pm
Maya Soleil Afro-World Fusion = 7:45 pm

Earth Rites: Imagination and Practice in Sci-Arts Eco-Cultures
University of Washington, Bothell campus
18115 Campus Way NE
Bothell, WA
This promises to be an exciting gathering of people interested in the intersection of art and science in building sustainable communities.
http://faculty.uwb.edu/kkochhar/ACN/05conf.htm

Paula Maya
FRIDAY MAY 20TH
@ Tost, in Fremont, 513 N 36th St, Seattle, WA 206.547.0240
$6 Cover Showtime 9pm
Paula + Tost = a proven mix for a great show!

Jovino Santos Neto
Wednesday, May 11 at 7:30 PM at the Triple Door ( 3rd. Ave. and Union St., in downtown Seattle). Jovino Santos Neto Quinteto, with Hans Teuber (sax/flute), Chuck Deardorf (bass), Mark Ivester (drums) and Jeff Busch (percussion). Tickets are $15 general/$10 students with ID. All ages welcome. Reservations: (206)838-4333 or at www.thetripledoor.net

HIDMO Eritrean Restaurant
Sunday African Music Series
2000 S. Jackson St
Seattle, WA
(206) 329-1534
Shows at 8pm (African time, if you know what I mean:)
This place has hard-to-find East African beer, and great food too.

May 15 = Kane Mathis
Beautiful, poly-rhythmic music of The Gambia, featuring Kane Mathis on
Kora accompanied by Will Dowd (USA) on percussin
www.kairarecords.com/kane

May 22 = Lagni Sussu, band of Naby Camara from Guinea, West Africa
Master of the melodic balafon (traditional xylophone), Naby Camara from
Guinea, West Africa, brings his band Lagni Sussu to the HIDMO. Naby has
received two Juno awards (Canadian "Grammy) in 1995 and 2004 for his musicianship.
NabyCamara.com


See ya next time!

Yogi

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Chandana's Caffe Bella show canceled due to flu

Hello Everyone,

The Caffe Bella shiow listed below is canceled because Chandana has come down with the flu. We are very sorry to hear this and we send Chandana our prayers and healing energy so she recovers soon. The good Caffe has assured us that we can reschedule in May, so keep your ears open.

All other listed gigs are a go. See me at legends Friday night at the Blues Jam with the Red Hot Blues Sisters (they aren't kidding either, these grrls will kick yo' a** with some classic R&B!).

Cheers,

Yogi

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Chandana, Blues Sisters, Show Brazil, and African Shows For You

Hey Music Lovers!


I am going to have to reformat this weblog because so many gigs are happening. So hopefully in a week or two, this will be easier. For now, use these links to go to the musicians whose gigs you are interested in.

There's alot going on this week: Chandana, Blues Sisters Jam, Eduardo Mendonca, Paula Maya, Jovino Santos Neto, Hidmo Restaurant, and Maya Soleil

Chandana will be singing a few songs in both the Indian and Jazz styles this Saturday night at Cafe Bella in Downtown Seattle and 8:30pm. It will be a short set, as Chandana is actually singing some jazz for the first time (but she sure doesn't sound like it's the first time!) Yours truly, the Yogster will accompany her on electric keyboards along with sax man Mike Deasy. Bop, Ballads, Indian Pop and Raga will be on the music menu. Caffe Bella 2621 Fifth Ave., 206-441-4351
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A Blues Jam with the Red Hot Blues Sisters and Friends.

I'll sit in with the Blues Sisters at Legends in West Seattle on Friday night starting at 8:30. I'll bring sax man Mike Deasy, and Ahmed Tarawally of the African Knights may show up for a song or two also. Plus plenty of the Blues Sisters and their friends, all of whom are accomplished blues veterans. This is going to be fun!
Legends -4433 - 35th Ave. SW, West Seattle, WA 206-938-3598

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Eduardo Mendonca's gigs this week are:

Thursday, April 28th – 6- 6:30 p.m.SAMBA SKATE @ SKATELAND - 1200 South Bay Road, in Olympia. WASamba in the schools program in Olympia with Eduardo Mendonça leading thelast part of the event where the schools will be playing Brazilian drumstogether.

Saturday, April 30th – 8 – 11 p.m.Show Brazil!Featuring: Eduardo Mendonça (Guitar/Vocal and Percussion), Denny Stern(Percussion), and Vanessa Miranda (Dance).Ipanema Brazilian Grill1225 First Avenue – Seattle, WA 98101 – Phone (206) 957-8444Reservations recommended, Valet Parking available.

Eduardo MendonçaPhone: (425) 254-1616-Show Brazil Productions, Director- Voting member of GRAMMY (Recording Academy)- Member of the Ethnic Heritage Council.Web site: http://www.showbrazil.com

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Paula Maya's shows:

THURSDAY APRIL 28th! 9 pm
Camille Bloom's band opens the show.
Carrie Clark's band closes
@ Highdive (used to be Suite G)
513 N.36th in Fremont Seattle, WA
http://www.paulamaya.com

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Jovino Santos Neto Gigs:

Wednesday, May 4 Civica Office Commons
205 108th. Ave. NE, Bellevue, WA
5 - 6:30 PM Bellevue Live series:
JSN Trio with Chuck Deardorf (bass) and Mark Ivester (drums)

Thursday, May 5 Benaroya Hall
3rd. Ave. & Union St., Seattle
8 PM New Works, New Hope concert. The Newport High School Orchestra will premiere a new piece for string orchestra by JSN

www.jovisan.net

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HIDMO Eritrean Restaurant
2000 S. Jackson St
Seattle, WA
(206) 329-1534

May 1 = Sol Afrique
Music and dance of West Africa featuring Guillaume Mpacko (Camaroon) on
vocals and guitar, Kofi Anang (Ghana) on vocals, djembe, talking drum, and
kalimba, Lennox Holness (Jamaica) on bass guitar, Alma Anang (USA) on
African persussion and dance, and Rob Pastorok (USA) on balafon, calabash,
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Maya Soleil Afro-World Fusion

Friday, April 29, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Des Moines, WA
Maya Soleil Afro-World Fusion
Beyond and Between: Intersection of Identities (multicultural event)
Highline Community College
Student Union Building
2400 S. 240th St.
Des Moines, WA
Free Admission

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That's It For This Week!

Yogi

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Joivino atJazz Alley tonite and Wed!

Hello Everyone,

This just in from Jovino Santos Neto, Earshot's Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year, and my friend and teacher:

Tuesday and Wednesday, April 19-20 at 7:30 PM at Jazz Alley (6th. Ave. and Lenora in Seattle). Claudia Villela (voice, percussion, piano) and Ricardo Peixoto (guitars) with special guest Jovino Santos Neto (piano, accordion, melodica). Brazilian artists Claudia and Ricardo have a great following in the Bay Area, where they are recognized as an outstanding musical duo. They perform their original compositions, plus some Brazilian standards. They have recorded with Toots Thielemans, Kenny Werner and other jazz greats, always showcasing the rhythmic and melodic richness of Brazil in their music. Check out their web site at ricardopeixoto.com . For tickets and reservations, please visit Jazz Alley's Website or call (206) 441-9729

Friday and Saturday, April 22-23 at 7PM at LV's Uptown in Portland, OR (310 SW Lincoln, 503.221.0140). Jovino Santos Neto/Chuck Deardorf duo. No cover charge, all ages, free parking. This is the first time in many years that I am performing in Portland, so I am looking forward to seeing our Oregon friends at this new jazz venue. Details are at LV's Website



Cheers,

Yogi

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Rob Postorak and Maya Soleil

Hello,

Maya Soleil is the group led by my good friend keyboardist Rob Pastorak. Maya Soleil features traditional African songs and dance, and new compositions that fuse African and jazz. I have seen this band many, many times. The show is dynamite. In addition to Maya Soleil, Rob is now hosting a Sunday night African Musician Showcase at the new Hidmo Restaurant. You can find out a lot about what's happening with African Music in Seattle just by going to Rob's shows. His website is www.mayasoleil.com.
They are also working on the construction of a new music studio, Maya Soleil Productions, which will be completed sometime this year, I think. Here's the scoop from "the Robster":

UPCOMING SHOWS - Maya Soleil - April and May 2005
Attention: Port Townsend, Seattle, Kitsap Peninsula, and Port Angeles, WA

Shows listed below are classified as our Pan-African acoustic group, Maya Soleil Traditions, our electric ensemble, Maya Soleil Afro-World Fusion, and our new ensemble Sol Afrique. All events are smoke-free.



APRIL
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Friday, April 15, 8:30-11:00 pm
Port Townsend, WA
Maya Soleil Afro-World Fusion
with Special Guest Naby Camara, master balafonist from Guinea
at The Upstage
923 Washington St.
Admission $10 per person or $12 for preferred dinner seating ($2 discount for Port Townsend residents)
A great club with enough room for a little dancing!
(360) 385-2216
www.upstagerestaurant.com

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Saturday, April 16, 5:30-6:15 pm
Seattle, WA
Maya Soleil Traditions
featuring Lora-Chiorah Dye (Zimbabwe), Kofi Anang (Ghana), Naby Camara (Guinea), and more
University of Washington Afro-Caribbean Night
Kane Hall, UW campus 5-8 pm event with some other great bands
Admission $4 students, $5 general
http://depts.washington.edu/sao/calendar.php?show=month&year=2005&month=4&day=1

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Thursday, April 21, approx 8 pm (event 7-9 pm)
Seattle, WA
Maya Soleil Traditions
featuring Lora-Chiorah Dye (Zimbabwe), Kofi Anang (Ghana), Naby Camara (Guinea), and more
Many Voices, One Song: a Musical Celebration of Diversity
Multifaith Works Tenth Anniversary Benefit Concert
Seattle First Baptist Church
1111 Harvard Avenue, First Hill
Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at the door
For the tenth year in a row, Many Voices, One Song will capture the artistry and energy of performers from diverse backgrounds. For tickets and information, please contact Multifaith Works at 206.324.1520 x303 or info@multifaith.org.
http://www.multifaith.org/New/newstuff.html

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Friday, April 29, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Des Moines, WA
Maya Soleil Afro-World Fusion
Beyond and Between: Intersection of Identities (multicultural event)
Highline Community College
Student Union Building
2400 S. 240th St.
Des Moines, WA
Free Admission

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HIMO Eritrean Restaurant African Music Sunday Nights

African Music Night every Sunday (8-10 pm) at HIDMO Eritrean Restaurant in Seattle (Detailed schedule below)
Free Admission (donations welcome to help support this series)
Nonsmoking venue
Live African music and east African cuisine

LOCATION:
HIDMO Eritrean Restaurant
2000 S. Jackson St
Seattle, WA
(206) 329-1534

April 17 = Zanga Zanga
Music of Zimbabwe, with vocals, mbira, marimba, hosho, guitars, bass,
drums, and percussion. Members from Zimbabwe, the Ukraine, Israel, and the
USA, featuring Loveletter Senth (Zimbabwe).
www.seanet.com/~bolen/zanga.html

April 24 = Kalass
West African/World Fusion featuring Ganga Clamoungou on guitar and vocals
backed by a spirited electric band. Kalass blemds African pop with other
contemporary African world music styles like Zouk, Soca, Jazz, R&B and Funk.
http://www.kalass.com/Kalass/

May 1 = Sol Afrique
Music and dance of West Africa featuring Guillaume Mpacko (Camaroon) on
vocals and guitar, Kofi Anang (Ghana) on vocals, djembe, talking drum, and
kalimba, Lennox Holness (Jamaica) on bass guitar, Alma Anang (USA) on
African persussion and dance, and Rob Pastorok (USA) on balafon, calabash,
and talking drum.

The Robster
Maya Soleil Studio
Woodinville, WA , USA
(425) 486-4063 Email: mayasoleil@mindspring.com
Web site: http://www.mayasoleil.com

Eduardo Mendonca and Show Brazil

Hello Folks,

Seattle is blessed to have the grteat Brazilian Musician, bandleader, and tireless show-organizer Eduardo Mendonca. His business is called Show Brazil, and its aptly named. Boy, is this guy busy! If you like the Brazilian beat (how can you not???) then definitely check out Eduardo's shows:

Saturday, April 23rd: Arts Corps' 3rd Annual La Festa del Arte at the Museum of History and Industry Doors open at 7:30 and show starts at 8pmTickets are $50 a person and can be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.org The event will feature a collaborative performance by Arts Corps teachingartists, called 'til everything makes sense. Food, drinks and dancing toSeattle's funkiest of funk bands, Sammy Drain & Company, will commence afterthe show @ 9:30.

Thursday, April 28th – 6- 6:30 p.m.SAMBA SKATE @ SKATELAND - 1200 South Bay Road, in Olympia. WASamba in the schools program in Olympia with Eduardo Mendonça leading thelast part of the event where the schools will be playing Brazilian drumstogether.

Saturday, April 30th – 8 – 11 p.m.Show Brazil!Featuring: Eduardo Mendonça (Guitar/Vocal and Percussion), Denny Stern(Percussion), and Vanessa Miranda (Dance).Ipanema Brazilian Grill1225 First Avenue – Seattle, WA 98101 – Phone (206) 957-8444Reservations recommended, Valet Parking available.

Here's some more Biographical info on Eduardo:



Eduardo MendonçaPhone: (425) 254-1616-Show Brazil Productions, Director- Voting member of GRAMMY (Recording Academy)- Member of the Ethnic Heritage Council.Web site: http://www.showbrazil.com- Eduardo Mendonça has been nominated for the Best Brazilian Male Singer inthe U.S. in the 2005 Brazilian International Press Awards.- Eduardo also is winner of Aspasia Phoutrides Pulakis Memorial Award 2005for his significant contributions to the Brazilian Community and thecommunity at-large of the Northwest

Mucho new Musica!! Paula Maya Band

Hey Everyone,

Sorry its been a while since I posted, but I'm ba-a-a-a-ck! And I have a whole slew of good gigs from several musicians to share with you. First, let's list my good friend composer/keyboardistPaula Maya's shows.

WEDNESDAY APRIL 20TH 4-6 pm
Live performance/interview on 89.3fm KAOS
in Olympia, WA

THURSDAY APRIL 21ST 7:30 - 11:30 pm
Solo show, with some other great performers:
Carrie Clark, Holly Figueroa and Camille Bloom
@ Jazzbones in Tacoma!
2803 6TH Ave Tacoma, WA 98405

THURSDAY APRIL 28th! 9 pm
Camille Bloom's band opens the show.
Carrie Clark's band closes
@ Highdive (used to be Suite G)
513 N.36th in Fremont Seattle, WA

Thursday, March 24, 2005

The Real Florida

Hi Everyone,

I finished up my Florida trip with some time spent visiting what I call the "real" Florida: wildlife, parks, ocean and nature.

We went to the waterfront at St Petersburg, where Cuban Pete welcomed us grandly:


"My Name is Cuban Pete! I'm the King of the Rhumba Beat!"

"Cuban Pete," actually, is my name for a huge stuffed alligator in a gift shop there. He's named after an old Mambo song. Outside, there was a very important convention having to do with the fishing business:



The next day we went to the Myakka River State Park, a gorgeous example of everything that should be protected and preserved in South Florida. However, it had been raining some the days before we went, so a good portion of the trails were being reclaimed by the swamp. After some heavy head-scratching, we finally figured out, with the help of this wonderful park service sign, that the trail was "very wet". Can you tell?



But did I let that stop me from my rough and rugged exploration? Heck no.


"Alligators? What alligators?"

Uh...Yogi....



This gator was actually in the river, and I got this distance shot of him very late in the day. You can't tell from the photo, but he was probably about 7-8 feet long.

South Floida is also bird-watcher's heaven, especially if you like big water-birds:



But alas, all good things must come to an end, so we bid a heartfelt farewell to the Myakka River at sunset, and made our way back to Tampa.



Cheers,

Yogi

Saturday, March 19, 2005

Florida!

Hi Everyone,

It's Saturday, it must be Florida! Actually, I got here Thursday and have been chilling at my brother's house in Tampa, working on some websites and seeing a few sites.

My brother has a nice home here in the Northeast part of town, which is called New Tampa, because it has mostly been built in the last 25 years. here's his wife in front of their house, and then a nice sunset shot from right behind his "Florida Room". A Florida room is the local terminology for a screened in back patio area.





We also visited a local fruit stand, and in addition to the beautiful checkout girl, there were the biggest lemons I've ever seen. That's my hand in the picture, so you can see the lemon is as large as a grapefruit.



I also took a walk in anearby park and saw some of the real Florida - saw palmetto forest, lazy rivers and sunshine:



And then we enjoyed sushi in Ybor City, which is a historic part of old Tampa and has a strip with lots of bars and restaurants. This is me with my brother on my right, his wife on my left, and a close friend that treated us to the sushi.



All for now. See you soon!

Yogi

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Chandana's Benefit Rocks Kane Hall

Hello Friends!

I want to thank everyone of you who came out for Chandana's Tsunami Relief Benefit. The entire proceeds from the concert are going to an organization named Child Relief and You, or CRY for short.

It's what we musicians can do to help. Between three and four hundred people (that's just my personal estimate, I haven't seen any real numbers) came and almost all stayed for the entire four-hour long show. Food was provided during intermission by concert sponsors
Tandoori Kitchen of Kirkland.

Everyone made the show a screaming success. Not only did the audience hear some of their best-loved Bollywood favorites sung and played by Chandana's top-rate Indian ensemble, they were treated to a high energy Jazz-Indian fusion jam (featuring yours truly and Yoginis sax man Mike Deasy), the royal treatment by Planet Suzanna's Belly Dancers, and some American Hip-hop by the Rebelz.

These pics posted here were taken with my little digital camera, which had no zoom, poor light adjustment and was pretty much totally inadequate for the job, so some of them are not the best quality, sorry. I do have footage of everything, and later, after we can edit it all down, we'll have some really nice stills and movies of this great show. And I know some of you have much better pix. Email me if you want me to post some up here. Unfortunately, I have no pictures of Tom, the fusion segment guitarist, because I was playing when he was on stage and therefore wasn't taking pictures at that time. And I realize I have no shots of Arun, who played drums for our fusion segment, and dhol and congas on other numbers. And Pranav, who was masterful at holding the keyboard down on a number of songs. And my camera memory was used up before the Rebelz came on stage at the finale. I think I got everyone else. Please let me know and email me pictures if I didn't.

MC'd by Manish Tangri, a Bollywood singer with his own hits who treated us to a rousing song near the show's end. The show also featured singers Sangeeta, Amita, Prasanna, and Mohan. In various combinations of lead and backing teams, they showed finesse and great emotional power with each song. I guess I should state here, so as to avoid offending anyone, that, being an American, I unfortunately did not know all the names of the Indian songs. Please forgive me for that, I am still learning.

Manish


Prasanna


Mohan


Sangita and Amita


Chandana, of course, kicked all our butts. She covered Bollywood/pop songs, sang a raga, and belted out some Punjabi-style hip-hop. On the raga she traded improvised, wordless vocals with the solo intruments of Erika on violin, Tom on guitar, and Mike's sax, each trade pushing the energy envelope higher. I thought the energy was going to explode the place before we got done with the raga, which they even let me play a piano solo on (imagine that!).

Chandanaji


Erika


Mike


A crowd pleaser was Sumi, dressed in traditional Sikh outfit and commanding the tablas, and joined on percussion by Arun on dhol, and mridingam. Sumi did the percussion break with vocals along with Prasanna in the hit song Piya Bavri, and took an extended solo on the raga during the jazz fusion jam. Drummer Atul rounded out the percussion section with Ashish, who also played electronic percussion, djembe, and congas, and Arun, who pounded out some heavy dhol for us during Manish's song and the Rebelz hip-hop finale. As you will see in the pictures, there was a lot of percussion in this show. These guys were our backbone, no doubt.

Sumi



Ashish and Sumi


Atul


Bhushan and Chandana's husband Sanjeev Sharma shared acoustic and electric guitar duties. Sanjeev has been an army unto himself, tirelessly promoting and
organizing this show alongside Chandana.

Bhushan


Sanjeev tuning up before the show


A little behind-the-scenes for you - due to the unfortunate pulling-out of one of the shows biggest sponsors just two weeks before the show, the job of promotion and organization fell completely onto Chandana and Sanjeev. I was blown away by the amount of work these guys did before the curtain rose. They organized the sponsors, the staff, the photographers and film crew, the promotion and PR, and organized the musicians and rehearsed us, and organized all the songs and arrangements. And did Sanjeev get any time off from his realty business for this? Heck no, he was still putting in 50 hours a week at his day job the whole time! So you wanna be in show biz...

Raja, Sanjib, and Pranav performed flawlessly on keyboards, navigating the complex settings and arrangements demanded by Bollywood songs and making it look easy.

Raja and Sanjib


Sanjib


And Sam, our bassist, was just incredible. I really enjoyed playing with him. Here he is during the sound check:



Planet Suzanna's Belly Dancers wowed the audience with two exciting performances, one during each set. The women in the audience were appreciating the high level of belly dance technique by the dancers, and we guys were appreciating the ...well, anyway, they were a great addition to the music and a definite crowd pleaser. They were joined by a contingent of the Rhythms of India Dancers, dressed in traditional Indian dance costumes, to create a nice mix of Indian and Middle Eastern dance. Egpytian percussionist
George Sadak powered them on with masterful doumbek (also called Egyptian Tabla) and electronic percussion. Excuse the motion blur in the picture due to my cheap camera.



The show was closed out by the Rebelz, a hip hop ensemble led by Justin (Justice) and Jaris (Professor Icee). They traded raps with Chandana singing in between. Kane Hall was rocked by that irresistible combination of American freestyle and Punjabi rhythm. That sound is on fire throughout South Asia, but it is still new to The USA. I hope America gets to experience more of it.

The finale was a song called Dhoom Machale, and the Belly Dancers returned to the stage to get everyone up one last time. Circle of Fire dancer Fredo broke out on center stage during the song, and blasted us with some tight 360s, full-on standing flips and a beautiful floor spin. He was so good that one of the belly dancers were photographing him even while they were on stage behind him! There were a number of kids on stage with us at this all-ages show, adding the special energy that only small children can to the whole mix.

This show ROCKED, people! Do yourself a favor and keep an eye out for Chandana. This music is not just for the South Asian community, although their community makes it all possible to be sure. This music is for people of all ages, who love good music, great singing, and a high level of professionalism by the performers. Chandana's music brings us together, wherever we're from. So don't miss her next show!

Bye for now, hey do I look happy about it all or what?

Friday, March 11, 2005

Yogi's Big Gig with Chandana

Hello Music Lovers!

This is the final promo you'll get from me for this show on Sunday 5:30 at Kane Hall in UW. Seats are $15 and $30 in advance ($18 and $34 at the door). It's a Tsunami benefit. Read my post, from march first (second one down from this one) to find out more about Chandana. This show is gonna rock. 'nuff said on that.

Here's Chandana at her sold-out show at Kane Hall last November:



See you there!

Next up: Maya Arulpragasam, aka M.I.A., the rebel hip-hop sensation from Sri Lanka, aka the Tamil Tigress, Tuesday at Chop Suey. I'll have pix for you of her too.

Yogi

This weekend's picks

Hi Everyone,

This weekend's picks from my friends gigs, reflecting my weird tastes running from R&B, to world, to hip-hop and other stuff.

By the way, you've got to email me about your gigs if you want me to list them, yogi-one@excite.com

JOVINO

My piano teacher and world class jazz musician Jovino Sanios Neto, is busy as usual this weekend. If you haven't caught one of his gigs, it's your loss.

Friday, March 11 from 9PM to midnight at Serafina Restaurant (2043 Eastlake Ave. East in Seattle, 206-323-0807) - Duo with vocalist/percussionist Samia Panni. He will be playing a wide variety of great Brazilian tunes in a casual and relaxed atmosphere. No cover, all ages.

Saturday, March 12 from 8 to 10 PM at Slavonian Hall ( 2306 N 30th St, Old Town Tacoma, WA)The Jovino Santos Neto Trio with Chuck Deardorf (bass) and Chris Stromquist (drums) will perform as part of the Tacoma Old Town Jazz & Wine Festival. For more info and tickets, please call (253)759-2518.

Tuesday, March 15 from 5 to 8 PM at the IKEA Store in Renton (600 SW 43rd St, Renton, 98055 - (425) 656-2980) - Jovino Santos Neto Trio with Chuck Deardorf (bass) and Mark Ivester (drums). No cover, all ages.



PAULA MAYA

Paula Maya, the other part of the Brazilian contingent, is also busy:

THIS FRIDAY MARCH 11TH solo,
@ Ipanema Brazilian Grill,
8 - 11PM No cover.
1225 1St Ave Seattle, WA 98101
http://www.paulamaya.com
Valet Parking

THIS SATURDAY MARCH 12TH
2-4PM @ KBCS 91.3fm
Spinning the radio show Raizes

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Chandana Tsunami Benefit

Hello Everyone,

I am very happy to be doing a couple of songs on the next concert of Chandana Dixit, an accomplished singer from India who is the voice in many smash-hit Bollywood songs.

Here's the details, then I'll write a little about what we are going to do. Many of you will also receive the email poster if you are on my music email list. If not, sign up by emailing me at yogi-one@excite.com and ask me to add you to the music email list.

ZK AArts presents Raga2Rock
with Chandana Dixit, original playback singer from Bollywood with hits like Goriya and Sheher Ki Ladki
with prominent singers,hip-hop artists, Seattle musicians, and Seattle's famous belly-dance artists

A Concert for Tsunami Relief

Sunday March 13th, 2005 5:30 to 8:30pm
University of Washington Kane Hall #130

Tickets, $30 special front rows, $15 general (or $34 and $15 at the door)

Tickets available at www.planetguru.com and in Indian Grocery stores around Seattle and Eastside.

Call 425-826-4800 for sponsorships and details

Bollywood, for those who don't already know, is Bombay's movie industry. Stars there are worshipped, all the movies feature several pieces of music and dance. Having hit songs in Bollywood is like having a song in the top 10 rotation on MTV and all major radio stations in the USA. And Chandana has a string of these. She is in the States now on a performers visa. A performer's visa is extremely hard to get, and is only awarded to artists considered outstanding in their field.

Chandana is not messing around, people. She is a highly accomplished professional who puts on a dynamite show. Read a review of her last Kane Hall show in November 2004 on SeattleIndian.com. Also read about her here on PlanetGuru.com, where you can also purchase advance tickets.

She will sing many of her hits, accompanied by a full live Indian band, and then there will also be Bhangra music, and some tasty experiments with crossing Indian styles with western jazz grooves (that's where I come in, along with Yoginis saxophonist Mike Deasy) and hip-hop. I hear we'll have some belly dancers as well.

It's a full on three-hour long show. Tell all your friends. Get ready to Raga, get ready to Bhangra, get ready to ROCK. 'Cause this show will.


See you at the show!

Yogi

Monday, February 28, 2005

The Brazilians Have It!

Hey Music Lovers,

Here's some choice gigs for you this week, and I will have more soon.

The first two are from my piano teacher, who happenes to be Earshot's NW Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year, Jovino Santos Neto from Rio De Janeiro. See Jovino's website (linked to above) for a more complete write up of these shows.

Friday, March 4 at 8 PM at Kirkland Performance Center

The Waters Speak

Keith Bear, storyteller, Gary Stroutos, flute, Jovino Santos Neto, composer, pianist; Corey Moraes, dancer

With percussionist Larry Mahlis, and the Saint Helens String Quartet

Performed by an ensemble of Native and non-Native artists, The Waters Speak is a celebration of the Spirit of Place, that intimately personal and yet universal connection of a people and the land they call home. Drawing from the tribal traditions of Native peoples from the Plains to the Pacific Coast, this is a mystical performance of songs, dances and stories, some of which have been handed down for hundreds of years. This performance is a rare occasion for non-Native audiences to hear sacred stories and songs through special permission of the artists and their tribes.

Tickets are $26.00, adult; $10.00 youth; $24.00 seniors

For information or to purchase tickets, call 425-893-9900 or

email boxoffice@kpcenter.org

Kirkland Performance Center




AND THIS IS NOT TO BE MISSED:

Jovino's Teacher and world renown music genius and and master of life energy (how else can you describe the guy?) Hermeto Pascoals's music will be among featured works

Saturday, March 5 at 8 PM
Jovino Santos Neto and Paul Taub
in Brasil! The Music of Hermeto Pascoal and Friends.

Saturday, March 5, 2005 at 8PM at Poncho Concert Hall (710 East Roy St. in Capitol Hill)

The program will also feature the Jovino Santos Neto Quinteto:

Eric Likkel - clarinet, tenor sax
Chuck Deardorf - bass
Mark Ivester - drums, percussion
Jeff Busch - percussion
plus violinist Paris Hurley and cellist Virginia Dziekonski.

Tickets: $15, $7.50 students, seniors and Cornish College alumni. Tickets can be purchased through Ticket Window at 206.325.6500, Ticket Window Online, or in person at one of the three Ticket Window box offices (Broadway Market, Pike Place Market, and Bellevue’s Meydenbauer Center).

And this, from Paula Maya

THIS WEDNESDAY MARCH 2ND
Paula Maya solo,
performing your favorite Brazilian Bossas.
@ IPANEMA BRAZILIAN GRILL,
the newest Brazilian restaurant in Seattle.
EARLY! 6 - 9PM No cover.
1225 1St Ave Seattle, WA 98101
http://www.paulamaya.com for more info

Valet Parking
Reservations recommended




Wow! The Brazilians have it!

Stay tuned, I have been getting a good response to the blog - there's more great shows to be posted up tomorrow!

Cheers,

Yogi