Sunday, December 27, 2009

Buy Yogi and the Yoginis Music

Here are the storelinks to buy either hard copy Cds (use CD Baby) or mp3 downloads (all other sites) of the Yoginis album Terra Shivaiya (or cuts therefrom):

They are the same songs you hear on the player at right. If you like the music, please support an independent musician. All these services forward a large majority of the payment directly to the artist. Thank you!

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Yoginis Friday at Monsoon East in Bellevue WA

We are happy to appear at the elegant Monsoon east Restaurant and Bar in the Old Bellevue downtown.
We will be a quintet with Brazilian stylist Samia Panni on vocals and acclaimed Latin Percussionist Johnny Conga, as well as myself, Burt Boice on bass and the multi-talented Bob Antolin on reeds/woodwinds/guitar.

Come enjoy our hot mix of samba/latin/straight-ahead jazz and the excellent menu and drink selections of Bellevue's new Monsoon East Restaurant.

Yoginis @ Monsoon East
Wednesday 6:30 - 9:30pm
10245 Main St
Bellevue WA 98004



Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Yoginis at Local Color Cafe in Seattle

Yoginis at Local Color Cafe in the Heart of Pike Place Market, street level on the corner of Pike Pl. & Stewart
$5 Admission, come and hear the award winning sounds of our worldjazz/fusion band. And FREE covered parking in the market -see below!
Costumes optional, but we'll give a free yoginis CD to the best costume (the band members are the judges).
And a SPECIAL for my returning friends and fans - I have a FREE CD to give to the first ten Friends that bring a new person (i.e. - someone who has never heard the Yoginis before). This is the first ten only, so come for the first set and bring a new person to be sure to get your free CD.

Parking – FREE covered validated parking after 5pm, Public Market Garage 1531 Western Ave. Park and take the elevator and sky bridge to the market. Mention Local Color to the attendant and bring your parking ticket to the Cafe, -- OR FREE Street parking after 6pm.

So come out, get your CD, start your Hallowe'en weekend and hang with the Yoginis and friends.

Yogi and the Yoginis
Local Color Cafe
Friday, October 30, 2009
Time: 8:00pm - 10:30pm
Location: 1606 Pike Place

What people have been saying about Yogi and the Yoginis:

“Yogi has assembled a diverse and talented group of multi-cultural musicians" - Steve Getz (sax legend Stan Getz's son)

“Yogi, your music is very innovative, it causes one to ‘really listen’ to what’s going on" - JaiJai Jackson, founder The Jazz Network Worldwide

Finalist - WOMEX/We Are Listening World of Music Songwriting Contest 2009.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Yogi's Gigs This Weekend Friday 10-2 to Sunday 10-4 2009

Friday 10-2 7:30 - 11pm
Ocean City Restaurant Ballroom
Chinese International Ballroom Dancing
with Singer Yadong
609 S Weller St
Seattle, WA 98104-2924
(206) 623-2333
Beautiful ballroom, one of the Chinese Community's premier hotspots in Seattle

Sunday 5:30 - 7:30pm
Seattle Mobile Espresso
Jazz Montage gig/jam session
13000 Linden Ave N
Seattle, WA 98133
(206) 420-4719
Led by singer Nelea Lloyd, this is easily the gig that creates the most buzz of all my gigs. Great people, great place, many good jazzers/singers stop in.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Yogis gigs this weekend 9-19 to 9-20 2009

Hey Everyone,

Here's the gigs I will be on this weekend. All of them are no cover, but we encourage supporting the band with donations, and it's greatly appreciated if you support the businesses by enjoying some food and drink with the music. This makes it possible to keep the gigs happening in these times of tight finances! Thanks!

Friday 9/18 7:30 - 11pm
Ocean City Ballroom w/ singer Yadong
International Ballroom Dancing
609 S Weller St
Seattle, WA 98104-2924
(206) 623-2333
Saturday 9/19 9pm -12am

Goldies Bar and Restaurant
w/ Harvey Leonard's Vintage One Jazz Quartet
Birthday party/session for sax player Jeff Chen
3924 Airport Way S
Seattle Wa 98108
(206) 622-1119

Sunday 9/20 5:30 - 7:30pm
w/ Nelea Lloyd and Jazz Montage gig/jam session
Seattle Mobile Espresso
13000 Linden Ave N
Seattle WA 98133
(206) 420-4719

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Yogis shows this weekend (or Why I Won't be at Bumbershoot)

Hi Everyone,

I will be at the Ocean City Ballroom (corner of 6th Ave S and S Weller St in Chinatown) again this Friday with singer Yadong, guitarist Don Zuniga, and drummer Tom Lash. Bring your partner and/or some friends for an Asian twist on the ballroom dance styles cha-cha, swing, samba, waltz and more. Plus me, Don, and Tom usually break out for some rock and latin jazz during the night as well.

And I have two shows with singer Nelea Lloyd this weekend.
Nelea says:

I would like to invite you to please come on out and show your support at our debut performance at Laughing Ladies Cafe in Shoreline on Saturday, 9/5 from 7:30pm-9:30pm. Representing Jazz Montage will be a trio consisting of myself on vocals, Burt Boice on bass and Yogi McCaw on keys. There is no cover but we appreciate any contributions to the tip jar. Also, check out the cafe's extensive menu from food to beer and wine.

Also, please join us for our gig with jam session during the second set with the entire Jazz Montage group at Seattle Mobile Espresso Sunday, 9/6 from 5:30pm-7:30pm. This is our usual hang at SME which is on the 1st & 3rd Sundays. The next date will be 9/20. Vocalists, please bring charts and musicians your axes. This is also no cover, but tip jar donations appreciated. SME too has a fabulous menu of drinks and treats.

I am excited to direct you to our brand new website at: Here you will find maps to our event locations. The site will be updated with music, pictures, and events.

So that's why I won't be at Bumbershoot...;-)

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Yoginis Friday Aug 28 at Third Place Books

Hi Y'all!

The Yoginis are very happy to be returning to Third Place Books where we have always had fun stretching out on our original music while the people dance, eat, shop or do whatever they do. Bring the youngsters they usually dance up by the stage too. All ages, plenty of refreshments in the food court.

Yogi and the Yoginis
Friday Aug 28th 7:30 - 10:00pm
Third Place Books Stage in Lake Forest Park Center
17171 Bothell Way NE (at Ballinger way)
Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
The Yoginis are: Yogi McCaw - keys, compositions; Burt Boice - Bass, compositions; Samia Panni - vocals and percussion; Bob Antolin - Flutes, Saxes, Guitars; JC Johnny Conga - Latin percussion; and Ed mays - Drumset

See you at the gig!

Also, I will have the new Yogi and the Yoginis CD - Terra Shivaiya - Six east, Six West, recorded half in India and half in the USA. The CD garnered rave reviews as the featured CD on the Jazz Network Worldwide, including an outstanding review by jazz writer Steve Getz, who is Stan Getz's son. Everyone that has one is very happy with it (as far as I know so), and a number of people have bought several at once.

The CD features our unique approach to east/west jazz fusion, plus a number of great sambas and Samia singing the gorgeous Songbird bossa nova that many people say the love when they hear us perform it. It also garnered rave reviews by DJs Sharon Stevens and former music programming director Barbie-Danielle DeCarlo of KBCS 91.3FM Bellevue Community radio.

So get one of those while you're there with us!

Plus - if you're still reading - here's a bonus for you: an older Yoginis You Tube with the late great Mike Deasy, Jr on Sax, recorded at the 2007 Hempfest!


Yogi's Sites:

The Yoginis band is
MySpace site is
Music newsletter is

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Sunday Jazz Jam 5:30pm Seattle Mobile Espresso

Hi Everyone,

The Sunday Jazz Jam hosted by Jazz Montage at the Seattle Mobile Espesso is happening again this Sunday Aug 2nd 5:30 - 7:30pm.

Jazz Montage is Nelea Lloyd, vocalist, and whip cracking band boss, Chris Busa on wind whatchamacallit thingy that makes all those confounded noises, Burt Boice on bass and assorted kitchen implements, Ed Mays beating the tins, and a piano student called Yogi.

This week we are happy to have Eric Hullander covering the bass chair. Eric is very good and has played jazz and Brazilian music all over Seattle. In fact, he will be on the gig with Sambatuque later Sunday evening (meet me at that gig too).

So y'all come now, hear?

Sunday Jazz Jam hosted by Jazz Montage
Sunday Aug 2, 5:30 - 7:30pm
13000 Linden Ave N
Seattle, WA 98133
(206) 420-4719

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Yogi's upcoming shows

Hi Everyone,

I am excited to announce our show at the 4th Ave Alehouse in Olympia Saturday August First. Show starts 9:30-ish and the Subtonic Trio from Portland will open for us. You'll want to see them too, their bandleader spent months living in Brazil and they play some really nice stuff.

Here's the rundown and the poster:
Yogi and the Yoginis
Sat August 1st 9:30pm
Special Guests Subtonic Trio
The 4th Ave Alehouse
210 4th ave E
Olympia WA 98501

Monday, July 13, 2009

Yogi's Interview on KBCS

Hi Everyone,

I had a great interview on KBCS 91.3 FM ( with Sharon Stevens on Daily Planet on June 23rd. We discussed how the album was made in both India and the USA, and talk about the musicians on the record as well.

I have posted the excerpts up on my websites for your listening pleasure! The excerpts are minus the songs because you can listen to those in the music players on the sites (or even better, buy the CD to help support all this planet-hopping and music-making!)

Interview and songs at
The Yoginis band is
MySpace site is
Music newsletter is

Buy the CD as an MP3 album at the following online stores:

Search "Yogi and the Yoginis" at the ITunes Store,
OR use any of the following links

or listen on

"Yogi has assembled a diverse and talented group of multi-cultural musicians, all in one superb recording
offering an esoteric,unique collage, a fusion of jazz and multi-cultural music!"
-Steve Getz, Writer/Reviewer
The Jazz Network Worldwide

"Delightful to listen to! Really beautiful!"
- Barbie Danielle De Carlo
Music Director, KBCS radio Bellevue WA

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Yogismusic News June 21 2009

We greatly benefited from and enjoyed our space as featured artists on the Jazz Network Worldwide, and now the CD review by Steve Getz is still featured there below the current artists of the week profile.

I also have an interview coming up on KBCS Bellevue Daily Planet Show hosted by Sharon Stevens.
I will be on at 4pm this Tuesday, June 23rd. Check out KBCS Radio online streaming or at 91.3 on your dial. They also archive the shows now. There's a wealth of world music from all countries and traditions there. It's really quite amazing what they have there.

I am also working on setting up an interview at KAOS independent radio in Olympia WA sometime in July, before our August 1st show at the 4th Ave Alehouse there.

And my sideman shows:

Looking forward to appearing with Alex Kajumulo at the Black Community Festival in Judkins Park on July 4th at 4pm.

And I am very happy to announce my appearance with African guitarist/composer Guillaume Mpacko on July 8th on the Microsoft campus in Redmond, at the sports field by the new Microsoft Commons shopping area. I am not sure if you have to be a "Softee" to attend - more on that as the time approaches.

I also have my appearance at the Sunday Jazz Jam at Seattle Mobile Espresso, this time hosted by singer Nelea Lloyd, and we are known as Jazz Montage.
Jazz Montage and Jam session
with Singer Nelea Lloyd
Sunday 7:30pm - 10pm
Seattle Mobile Espresso
13000 Linden Ave N (1 block west if Aurora)
Seattle WA

As usual, I will be at the Ocean City this Friday with Chinese pop singer Shanel Hsu, dishing out the Chinese ballroom faves. It's a nice event - you should attend. No cover, but you are expected to buy dinner. Although famous for their lunchtime dim-sum, I can tell you dinner is really excellent there too!

Shanel, Yogi and Don play
International Ballroom Dancing
Friday 7:30 - 10pm
Ocean City Restaurant Ballroom
609 S Weller St
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 623-2333

Sunday, June 14, 2009

The Yoginis featured this week on The Jazz Network Worldwide

I want to thank Jai Jai Jackson for her awesome work over at the Jazz Network Worldwide and for allowing us to feature our music there for a week! She is providing an invaluable service to the indie-jazz community.


I also want to thank Steve Getz (son of Stan Getz, one of the world's most famous jazz musicians), the staff reviewer there, for writing a very nice review of our new CD Terra Shivaiya, which I am reprinting here:

Yogi McCaw, leader, composer and keyboardist presents here his new release:" Yogi and The Yoginis- Terra Shivaiya: Six East-Six West". Yogi has assembled a diverse and talented group of multi-cultural musicians, all in one superb recording offering an esoteric,unique collage, a fusion of jazz and multi-cultural music! Seattle native Yogi McCaw has taken exceptional care in putting this project together, which was recorded over a course of several years on two continents-In the US and in India. The musicians come from the traditions of Jazz, Latin, Brazilian, Indian Classical, Reggae and African music! This is truly a one of a kind recording! This writer does not know of another recording offering such a rich infusion of multi-cultural music which blends different, diverse music, all together in one CD!

Congratulations, Yogi McCaw, on a fine and most unique recording!

Steve Getz
The Jazz Network Worldwide
June 2009

Friday, May 29, 2009

Yogi with Alex kajumulo plus more weekend gigs

Hi everyone,

I'm very happy to be appearing with Alex Kajumulo at the 4th Ave Tavern in Olympia this Saturday Night 10pm (or so).

We will be filming a concert video, so come be a part of it. This is a rare opportunity to see Alex's band before we start our international touring schedule this fall and winter. The next chance will be July when we headline at the Black Community Festival

Yogi with Alex Kajumulo and Original Sound
Alex rocks Olympia and we'll be making a concert video - BIG FUN!
Sat 10pm - closing
The 4th Ave Tavern
210 4th Ave E
Olympia, WA 98501

ALSO: I will be on the following gigs in the Seattle area this weekend:

Yogi and Shanel Hsu and Don Zuniga
Friday &:30 - 11pm
Ocean City Restaurant
International Ballroom Dancing with a Chinese Flair
609 S Weller St
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 623-2333

Sat AM Private Party
Seattle's Aloha Inn, nationally recognized successful program to assist homeless people, celebrates its Birthday.
As always, the African Knights Reggae Band led by program Alumnus Ahmed Tarawally, plays

Sunday evening 7:30 - 10pm
Jazz Montage and Jam session with singer Nelea Lloyd
Chill, friends, a nice cuppa and some jazz
Seattle Mobile Espresso
13000 Linden Ave N
Seattle, WA 98133
(206) 420-4719

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Yogi with Alex Kajumulo

Hi folks!

I am now playing keyboards with the Band of Alex Kajumulo. Alex is a former soccer star from Tanzania, who, in retirement from soccer, has been traveling the globe teaching soccer to kids and selling a sporting clothes line called Babukaju. He also has done some music along the way. A couple of years ago he decided to release music and promote it around the world, and to form a touring band. His website is

I am happy to say that I was one of the first musicians he called to help form his band. Now Alex has released five records, and he is ready to start touring. Here is some info from Alex's Myspace page

Hello everybody. My name is Alex Kajumulo. I am a recording artist and producer. I have a record label called Babukaju Records and have so far produced five albums. Never Before, Justice for Mankind, Searching for Love, I'm Kool Like That, and Bushman Vision. Never Before has been playing all over the world. One of my songs, Maza Africa, was a finalist in the 2007 International Songwriting Competition. Other songs in the Never Before album have so far been licensed by several organizations.

The first scheduled tour is of Africa in Dec 2009 and January 2010. We will return to Africa in May 2010. We are also arranging tours in Canada and possibly Australia/New Zealand.

We are warming up with a couple of local shows. We will play May 30th 9pm at the 4th Ave Tavern in Olympia. 4th Ave is the premier club for music in dopwntown Olympia. We played there last fall and they told us we brought more people to the club than they had ever had in there before.

We will also be the headliner band at the Black Community Festival on July 4th in Judkins Park in Seattle.

The music is available on iTunes, Amazon, and CDBaby also.

So look for me at Alex's shows.

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Yogi's projects update

Yogi's projects update:

Here's the projects I am currently involved in and what's going on with them:

Alex Kajumulo (aka Babukaju) we are playing at the Bellevue Community College on April 20th, a Monday, at 10pm. We seem to be getting a lot of airplay on college stations around the world. We will also be in Olympia at the 4th Ave Pub again on May 30th where we played a packed house last month. Be there for the live concert video we will make. July will see us headlining at the Black Community Festival at Judkins Park in Seattle.
He has music on the Alex Kajumulo myspace page where he has passed the 700,000 listeners mark. The song "Global Warming" seems to be attracting attention as well.

I rehearse and gig occasionally with Martin NTerry's soul reggae group. He is also working on some international promo here, in Europe, and Africa.

I have started to be the keyboardist every Friday night at the Ocean City Ballroom in Chinatown, part of the Ocean City Restaurant enterprise. I back the well-known Chinese singers Shanel and Yadong. Come prepared for some international ballroom-style dancing and great Chinese entrees. The ballroom usually is filled. We start 7:30pm

And I have the Sunday night jazz/world jam session at the Navya Lounge in Seattle's famous Rainier Square center. We start at 7:30pm.

Those are the things I occupy my music time with these days.

Friday, January 30, 2009

After our memorial show for Mike Deasy at the Navya Lounge, we had so much fun, and the place is so nice that we decided to do it every week! So...we are hosting a jazz/world music jam session Sundays 7:30 - 10pm at Navya. Drop in for listening, eats, or if you are a player, some jams!

Usually it will be me on keys and Burt Boice on bass and Ed Mays holding the rhythm section. Of course there will be guests on all instruments at different times.
(We are hoping that some of the players that came last week (Beth and Jim Wulffe, Tim Romain, Hilary Harris) will grace us with their musicianship, and aim to attract the likes of Trumpeter Harv Leonard and Sax Man Mike Yasutake - and ---YOU!
Horns and Singers bring your charts and let's make some joyful noises!

Sunday Jazz Jam with
Yogi and Friends
Navya Lounge
1333 5th Ave (in Rainier Square Center)
Seattle Wa 98101

Sunday, January 11, 2009

I'm ba-a-a-ck!

Hi Everyone,

I am Back after a blog hiatus . I am going to try to re-invent this place. I had wanted to list all the gigs I thought were good in town, but that became overwhelming as I am playing in four different configurations of musicians right now plus holding a full time job! One side effect of that is my time to go to other group's gigs has become more limited since I'm always working on one of the projects I am involved in.

I will still try to get some gigs listed, but the listings won't be as comprehensive, and the blog is going to have to be more focused on the music I am involved in directly. So...PLEASE check the band sites on the right sidebar - I will try to keep the links updated. Also - bands are sending me their gigs in email, on facebook and myspace, so I will try to get listings out ion emails every couple of weeks or so like I was doing before.

I expect to be traveling some more over the coming years, so I will use the blog as a travel log too - send pictures from farway places and all that...

So...slow;y, slowly, I'll startre-establishing my presence on the scene again. Next post will be gigs and then a newsletter.

Cheers everyone and happy 2009!