Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Yogi and Friends Quartet plus much more

This is a big newsletter, folks. Also I will be sending you my Folklife picks tomorrow.

I am playing Saturday afternoon and Monday with African Balafon Maestro Naby Camara, and I'm fronting a quartet of my own music plus a few choice covers on
Saturday Night. Hotlink to my gigs

Here's the hotlinks to go directly to the other performers featured in this week's newsletter.

Samia Panni - Brazilian/Multi-Language vocals and percussion

Eduardo Mendonca/Show Brazil

Hidmo African Music series

Marc Smason - Trombonist/improviser and his groups

Thomas Marriott - Rising Jazz Trumpet Star and group

Jovino Santos Neto - Brazilian/Jazz pianist extraordinaire and groups

Beth and Jim Wulff - Versatile R&B/Jazz husband and wife team


Yogi and Friends Quartet

OK, I have lots of friends, so they can't all be fit into a coffee house gig, so I stripped it down to the jazz/brazilian/fusion quartet. Plenty of
original material, though. Everyone in this group is a kick-ass improviser, so the evening will feature lots of stunning improvs on my songs, and a few
carefully chosen covers.

Yogi - keys, compositions
Mike Deasy, Jr - saxes, horn arragements
Burt Boice - upright bass
Ed Mays - drums

Coffee To a Tea
Saturday May 27, 8pm
4541 California Ave SW
Seattle WA 98116 (206) 937-1495
Just a few storefronts north of West Seattle's famous Easy Street Records at the Alaska St/California Ave Junction.
All ages, kid friendly - NO COVER (donations accepted for the band)

Yogi with Naby Camara and Lagni Sussu

Northwest Folklife Festival, Seattle Center
Center House Stage Sat 27th at 2pm
Fountain Lawn Stage Mon 29th 3:40pm

Naby Camara is from Guinea, West Africa and holds two (that's right TWO) Canadian Juno Awards in the field of world music. We will be playing the authentic
music of his village in Guinea. I will have the only non-african instrument (piano), but I will be playing it in the African balafon-style (NOT like a
western piano). There's no other groups in Seattle doing this. If you haven't seen this, and you aren't from West Africa, then you haven't seen a similar
group. Because there aren't any. At least not in the USA. Get a hit of the real thing. You have two chances to see us for FREE at Folklife.


It's always inspiring to hear Jovino. When he's not in NYC, or Brazil... or Europe... or??

Thursday June 1

Seattle's City Hall 12.00 pm 600 Fourth Avenue (between Cherry and James St.).
JSN Quartet with Mark Ivester, Chuck Deardorf and Hans Teuber
For more information contact the Mayor's Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs at (206) 684-7171

Friday June 2

Crossroads, 6.00 pm NE 8th & 156th Ave. NE in Bellevue | 425-644-1111
JSN Quartet with Mark Ivester, Burt Boice and Ben Thomas


At Northwest Folklife Festival, Rainier Room, Seattle Center, Samia will be the MC & one of the performers at the following series:

Brazil Up-Close 6-9pm
Rainier Room - Friday, May 26, 2006
6:00 -6:35 PM
Grupo Amoroso
Contemporary & Classic Brazilian Bossa Nova
6:50 -7:25 PM
Capoeira Grupo Quilombo Queimado
The Grace & Power Of Brazil
7:35 -8:10 PM
Samba Na Veia
Brazilian Dance

8:20 -9:00 PM
Fofinho and Samia
Brazilian Afro-Sambas

Abráce now sings in 12 languages that include: English, Spanish, French, Italian, Swahili, Xhosa, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese,
Lucumí (archaic Yoruba), Ladino, and nonsense syllables, from the 15th Century to the present + original compositions; acapella or acompanied by percussion

instruments, playing a whole variety of rhythms.

Abráce features:

Samia Panni (vocals & percussion)
Joyce Yarrow (vocals and pitch pipe)
Rosemary Bell (vocals & percussion)
Denny Stern (percussion)
Where: Caffé Bella

A warm & inviting place to sip a cup coffee, tea, wine or beer.
2621 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA
(a block south of Denny in downtown Seattle)
When: Thursday, June 8th, 2006
8:30pm - 10:30pm


Folklife Festival
Sunday May 28 12:20 – 12:50 pm
Marc Smason & the Katatonics
*Snoqualmie Room – Seattle Center

Sunday May 28 3:40 – 4:10 pm
La Banda Gozona
*Mural Ampatheater – Seattle Center

Monday May 29 3:30 – 4:50 pm
Klezmer Workshop with Smason & friends!
*Seattle Children’s Theater – Seattle Center Room 3

Sunday May 28 7 - 10 pm
The Chicago 7 with Joanne Klein & Marc Smason
*New Orleans Creole Restaurant
114 1st S. 206 622-2563

Saturday June 3 10 pm
A Better World Marc Smason Joanne Klein
Craig Hoyer Greg Campbell
Tommy’s Nightclub
4552 University Way N.E. 206 634-3144

Tuesday June 6 7:30 – 9:30 pm
Marc Smason Paul Fedorowicz – Jewish Music!
*Roxy’s Diner
462 N. 36th 206 632-3963 (206) 760-1764


Thursday May 25....Beth and Wulff backing Debbie Lelinsky at Jubilante Restaurant 8:00

Friday May 26...Jim Wulf and Paula Maya at The Crown Plaza, 6th and Seneca, 9:30,

Friday and Saturday... Beth with Vance Newton and Freedom at Jimmy Jacks, 99 and Muckilteo Freeway

HIDMO Sunday African Music Series

African Music Night every Sunday (8-10 pm) at HIDMO East African Restaurant in Seattle

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

Free Admission (donations welcome)
Nonsmoking venue
Live African music and east African cuisine

We are adding a special show this Sunday night because a fabulous musician/vocalist from Uganda on tour in the USA has agreed to perform at HIDMO in Seattle,

WA. This is one not to miss.

PRESENTING at HIDMO, Sunday, May 28, 8-10 pm.

Damascus Kafumbe
Ugandan harps and lyres, folk and fusion

"Damascus Kafumbe, a native Ugandan whose passion for the music, dance, and folkways of sub-Saharan East Africa was ingrained from birth, is carving a niche

for himself in the complementary areas of ethnomusicology and world music performance.

June 4 = Sol Afrique
Music and dance of West Africa featuring Guillaume Mpacko from Cameroon on vocals and guitar. If you haven't yet heard Sol Afrique, be prepared for some of

the sweetest stuff you'll hear at HIDMO.

June 11 = Soyaya
Music of West Africa, featuring Mohammed Shaibu (Ghana) on vocals, guitar, and talking drum, some of your other favorite performers. This group always brings

some high-energy sounds and surprises to HIDMO.


Brazilian Show: Sunday 7 – 10 p.m.

Mural Amphitheater – Seattle Center, WA – USA.

Sponsor: 97.3 KBSG.

7:00 p.m. – Samba Olywa (Body-Moving Brazilian Rhythms)
7:40 p.m. - VamoLa – (Brazilian Drum & Dance Ensemble)
8:25 p.m. – Batucada (Drums and Songs of Brazil)
9:15 p.m. – Show Brazil! (Brazilian Music and Dance).

Sunday, May 28th – 9:15 p.m.
Folklife Festival – Seattle Center
Mural Amphitheater (Sponsored by: 97.3 KBSG)

Show Brazil! Featuring: Eduardo Mendonça, (Vocal, percussion), David Pascal (Bass), Brian Kent (Sax and Flute), Josh Wilson (Keyboard), Mark OI (Guitar),

Denny Stern (Drums), Caxambu (Percussion), Dora Oliveira (Dance), Bianca Mendonça (Dance), Vanessa Miranda (Dance).

Monday, May 29th – 11 am.

Folklife Festival

Pacifica Children’s Choir – Brazilian music with Eduardo Mendonça.
Mural Amphitheater
Sponsored by: 97.3 KBSG

Monday, May 29th – 1:00 – 1:45 p.m.

Brazilian Rhythms.
workshop with Eduardo Mendonça
Folklife Festival
Rhythm Tent
Seattle Center – Seattle, WA

Monday, May 29th – 3:00 – 3:50 p.m.

Folklife Festival
Brazilian Rhythms for Kids
workshop with Eduardo Mendonça
Folklife Discovery Zone
Seattle Center – Seattle, WA

These are Thomas's Seattle gigs only. His NYC gigs are listed at

May 27, 2006 with Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra
Edmonds, Washington

May 28, 2006 with Tumbao
Juan De Fuca Festival, Port Angeles

May 29, 2006 Thomas Marriott Quartet
Triple Door, (Union, between 2nd & 3rd) 7:00 pm-10:00pm

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Yogi with Hilary Harris, and with Naby Camara; Elimar Ugueto; Jovino; and Marc Smason

Hilary Harris, Jazz Singer, (with Yogi on keyboards)

Live Jazz/Bossa Nova/R & B with Hilary on vocals, Beth Wulff and Yogi
on keys, Tim Romain (bass) Jim Wulff (vocals / drums).

Crowne Plaza Regatta Lounge on May 19
1113 Sixth Ave (cross Street is Spring St)
Seattle, WA 98101
Come on out - we'd love to see you!

Naby Camara and his group Lagni Sussu (with Yogi on piano).

African Music Night on Sunday nights (8-10 pm) at HIDMO East African Restaurant in Seattle

May 14 = Lagni Sussu
Featuring balafon master Naby Camara with music of Guinea. Listen for that exciting combination of traditional west African music with contemporary sounds from Naby and his compatriots (including Yogi on piano and several great Seattle African Musicians).

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

Free Admission (donations welcome)
Nonsmoking venue
Live African music and east African cuisine

Elimar Ugueto, Venezuelan Vocalist, and "E276"

There's a new girl in town, people, and she's HOT STUFF.

My friend percussionist Johnny Conga plays with her group, and they mix up the merengue, reggaeton, salsa, all types of latin.
She's already a star in her native Venezuela. I have no idea what brings her to our fair city, but hey, I'm glad she's here.
And she'll be the tender age of 24 (don't be fooled, she's tougher than she looks, guys!)
Here's the info from her email this week:

Let's celebrate my Birthday this Saturday 13th
with our PRE CD RELEASE SHOW! New Album "Quien es Quien"
Also,the TOP 40 Latin sounds:Reggaeton,dance,merengue:LIVE!
@ Mojito Cafe (181 Western Ave. Seattle)
starting from 10pm. Please dont be late !!
Para mas informacion, visit: WWW.E276.COM
Special guests:
Johnny Conga (percussion)
Jorge Garcia (Acoustic Guitar)
Justin Roeser (Keyboards)


Jovino Santos Neto with Claudia Villela (voice) and Ricardo Peixoto (guitar)

This just in from Jovino Santos Neto, Brazilian Pianist/composer extraordinaire:

Hello, folks,
I am happy to announce that I will be performing with the amazing Brazilian
duo of Claudia Villela (voice) and Ricardo Peixoto (guitar) at Jazz Alley in
Seattle this coming week. The details are below...

*Tuesday and Wednesday, May 16 & 17 at 7:30 PM at Jazz Alley, corner of 6th.
Avenue and Lenora in downtown Seattle. All ages, cover is $20.50. For
reservations and more information, please visit or call

Claudia and Ricardo are hosting a Brazilian Guitar and Vocal Clinic on
Monday, May 15th at the Mercer Island Community Center from 6:30 - 9:00 PM.

For more information about the guitar clinic please email For more information about the vocal clinic
please email

Marc Smason – trombone & voice, bandleader

Guest appearance of world-renown string bassist, Buddy Catlett!

Wednedsay May 10 7 pm

Better World with Marc Smason & Joanne Klein
special guest, Buddy Catlett!

*Jubilante Restaurant
305 Burnett S. – Renton 425 226-1544

Tuesday May 16 7:30 – 9:30 pm

Smason’s Open Jazz Workshop
Ken Strong Akim Finch

*On the House
1205 E. Pike 206 324-3974

Alternate Wednesdays May 17, 31.. 8:30 pm

Better World with Marc Smason & Joanne Klein
Beacon Pub

3057 Beacon S. 206 726-0238

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Paula Maya, Marc ("Gigs") Smason

Hello folks!

The Blues Sisters knocked 'em Dead at the Triple Door. The place was packed. Talk about a good thang!

This newsletter is much shorter - Paula Maya and Marc Smason, whom I am going to start calling "Gigs" Smason. You'll see why - I swear he's gigging 5 - 7 nights out of every week.


Paula Maya

May 14 2006 8:00P
Nectar Lounge
412 N. 36th St Fremont
206-632 2020
Seattle, WA

Marc "Gigs" Smason

Wednesdays May 3, 17, 31 8:30 pm
Better World with Marc Smason & Joanne Klein
Beacon Pub
3057 Beacon S. 206 726-0238

Thursday May 4 6 - 8 pm
Marc Smason Joe Riedi
*C & P Coffee Co.
5612 California S.W. 206 933-3125

Friday May 5 7 pm
Paulinha Marc Smason Dave Snodgrass
Music of Brazil & Caribbean
*Bookworm Exchange
4860 Rainier S. 206 722-6633

Saturday May 6 8 pm
Paulinha Marc Smason Dave Snodgrass
Music of Brazil & Caribbean
The Spar Jazz Lounge
114 4th Ave S. - Olympia 360 357-6444

Sunday May 7 9 pm
Better World Open Jam Session!
Joanne Klein Bruce Barnard Burt Boice Dave Bush
Tommy’s Nightclub
4552 University Way N.E. 206 634-3144

Guest appearance of world-renown string bassist, Buddy Catlett!
Buddy has performed with the greatest names in music, including
Count Basie, Frank Sinatra and Quincy Jones!
He joins our band, Better World,
at the finest restaurant in south King County, Jubilante!
Wednedsay May 10 7 pm
Better World
Joanne Klein special guest, Buddy Catlett
*Jubilante Restaurant
305 Burnett S. – Renton 425 226-1544

That's all for now!