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Yellowjackets

Yellowjackets
Saturday February 29, 2020, 8pm

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The quartet known as Yellowjackets is approaching a 40th anniversary as one of the premier ensembles in jazz. Born out of the Robben Ford group in the late 70’s Yellowjackets went on to create a sound and style all their own. Members are; Russell Ferrante piano, William Kennedy drums, Dane Alderson bass, and Bob Mintzer saxophone, EWI. The band has a distinctive sound which melds acoustic and electric jazz in a particular way. The sound is characteristically Yellowjackets. Yellowjackets have received numerous Grammy nominations and two Grammy wins, and place regularly in the Downbeat and Jazz times best ensemble category. The band tours 3-4 months out of the year playing major festivals and clubs all over the world. The current recording, Raising our Voice (Mack Avenue) was released mid 2018, with special guest Luciana Souza. Yellowjackets have toured and recorded with Bobby McFerrin, Take 6, Michael Franks, and Kurt Elling. Russell, William and Bob are on the faculty of the USC Thornton School of Music Jazz Studies Program in Los Angeles.
For this concert Aaron Janik (USC Thornton 2nd year masters trumpet student) and Matt Richards (USC Thornton senior saxophonist) will join the band on several numbers.

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