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,
and talking drum.

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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