Frédéric Yonnet, Angie Stone, Yoshi's San Francisco
Yoshi's San Francisco on Fillmore Street just added the following concerts at its world-renowned venue: Frédéric Yonnet with special guest (Sat, Jan 26, 8 & 10pm) and Angie Stone (Thu-Sat, Feb 28-Mar 2). For more information on these shows, go to http://yoshis.com/sanfrancisco.
Yoshi's San Francisco is located at 1330 Fillmore Street in San Francisco, Calif. For tickets and more information, call 415.655.5600 or visit http://yoshis.com/sanfrancisco. For dinner reservations, call 415.655.5600 or go to http://yoshis.com/sanfrancisco/restaurant.
Sat, Jan 26, 8 & 10pm
8pm $26; 10pm $22
Tickets on sale Thu, Dec 27, 10am
FRÉDÉRIC YONNET with special guest
Using an instrument many have owned but few have mastered, urban jazz harmonicist, Frédéric Yonnet's musical skills and stage presence crush every preconceived notion you've ever had about the harmonica.
Regarded for decades as the choice instrument of street musicians and loners who wanted to express themselves through country music or the blues, in Yonnet's hands the harmonica becomes something altogether different; a lead voice in urban jazz, R&B and hip-hop. With each performance, stereotypical walls come tumbling down as Yonnet presents the harmonica in a refreshing and modern context that is boldly stylish, enchantingly cool and absorbingly brilliant.
Just listen to his sound. It funks. It rocks. It hips and hops. It grooves. It sways. It testifies. It prays. It has a reverence for gospel, blues and jazz while appealing to a generation bred on pop rock and hip-hop.
His impressive style has led to performances, tours and recordings with some of the heaviest hitters in the music business including the legendary Stevie Wonder, the iconic Prince, award-winning songwriter David Foster, game-changing instrumentalist Kenny G, American Idol's Randy Jackson and R&B artists Erykah Badu, Wyclef, India.Arie, Anthony Hamilton and John Legend. Rolling Stone magazine referred to Yonnet as "Prince's killer harmonica player" and praise from comedian Dave Chappelle, contemporary jazzman Bob James, songstress Patti Austin and producer Pharrell Williams have affirmed his mission to change the way the music industry, musicians and enthusiasts regard the pocket-size reed instrument.
Born in Normandy, France to a Parisian father and French Guyanese Creole mother, Yonnet lived in and around Paris most of his life. As a child, he and his dad performed comedy routines in theaters throughout France and by 14, he decided to literally march to the beat of his own drum. After a short stint as a drummer, Yonnet revisited an instrument he had received as a child, the harmonica. "I got kicked out of bands because I kept trying to play the melody on the drums," says Yonnet. "On the harmonica, I can play both the melody and the rhythm. Plus they're lighter to carry."
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