Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Crowne Plaza, Cafe Vignole

Hi Everyone,

The Yoginis will be in a quartet configuration at Seattle's Crowne Plaza Regatta Bar and Grille this weekend. I'll be on keys, Samia Panni on multi-lingual vocals and Brazilian Percussion, Burt Boice on contrabass and JC Johnny Conga on Afro-Cuban percussion. We'll be exploring our samba-jazz/fusion/ Yogistyle grooves for your listening/drinking/dining
/socializing pleasure.

Crowne Plaza has a luxurious international hotel lounge and a great grille menu along with a well-stocked bar. Entertainment manager Paul is the consummate gracious host, and he loves jazz. So it's always a good thang down at the CP. Hope to see you there.

Yoginis Quartet
Fri - Sat, Feb 29 - March 1
9:30pm - 12:30am
Crowne Plaza Hotel
1113 6th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101

no cover

Cafe Vignole!

The Yoginis Quartet will be at Seattle's new Cafe Vignole, and elegant Italian/Southern Cuisine Restaurant in Seattle's Rainier Beach. They have an excellent wine selection, and have newly remodeled their space, AND have started having jazz every weekend!

We are excited to be invited to play our music there, and it will be on Friday March 7th, from 7-10 pm. We hope you come out, enjoy dinner and wine, meet the folks at Cage Vignole and hang out with us too.

Yoginis Quartet
Friday, March 7th, 7-10pm
Cafe Vignole
9252 57th Ave S (cnr of Rainer Ave)
Seattle WA 98116

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Yoginis Shows, Dalai Lama Movie, and Babu Kaju "Never Before"

Hey Everyone,

News in Yogis Music World:

We had a very nice time playing an invite-only Singles event at an the La Familia Art Gallery in Pioneer Square last night, and The Yoginis Rhythm (Yogi on keys, Burt Boice on Bass, Ed Mays on drums) section backed up Trumpeter Harvey Leonard at a Mardi Gras celebration in Tacoma to a very, very appreciative crowd at St Mary’s Episcopal Church. Thanks to all who made those events possible or attended one of them!

I am still continuing to plug away at the Yoginis Indian-Jazz fusion project. The tracks from India have, as you know, if you know me, been included in the new documentary Dalai Lama Renaissance, now doing quite well in film festivals worldwide and due for release to theatres in Europe in May, and later in the States. Here’s a trailer for the movie.

Next shows include full band Yoginis at the Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park on the North side of Lake Washington, and Crowne Plaza’s Regatta Bar and Grille in downtown Seattle no cover for any of these shows, so come on out and say hi to the band:

Fri Feb 15th 7:30 -9:30pm
Third Place Books
Lake Forest Park Towne Centre
17171 Bothell Way NE
Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
Tel: 206-366-3333

Feb 22-23,9:30pm-12:30pm
Crowne Plaza Hotel
Regatta Bar and Grille
1113 6th Ave
Seattle WA 98101

Finally, I want to mention that my collaboration with Tanzania’s soccer-star/musician Babu Kaju (Alex Kajumulo) is entering a new phase. Babu Kaju’s new record “Never Before” has been getting good press in Africa, Europe, and the USA. He has a song, “Maza Africa,” that is one of 16 finalists in the International Songwriting Competition (chosen from over 15,000 submitted songs!) The song has Jamaican singer Selassie I-soldier and Seattle violinist Joel Gamble on it.

Listen to the songs of the finalists here, and vote for one of them (hint, hint!) They want a valid email address (which is not published) and you can vote once a day, so you can vote for Alex’s song every day (ok, you can vote for others, too!)

We will be premiering live shows in Tanzania, Uganda, and Kenya in March and April. Hopefully that will lead to shows around here you can attend later on too.

I will send out an email just for the Babu Kaju Never Before project in a few days.