Yellowjackets; Thurs. October 3, 2013


Thursday, October 3
Kuumbwa Jaz

“…deep-pocket groove…” – New York Times

Yellowjackets have long been a pillar of the post-fusion jazz world, built around electric grooves and soulful melodies.  They’ve logged over 30 years together as a band and garnered 17 Grammy nominations.  Their newest album, A Rise In The Road (which debuted at #1 on iTunes jazz charts), signifies the band moving forward with a bracing new approach and a renewed sense of swing.  Keyboardist Russell Ferrante, saxophonist Bob Mintzer and drummer Will Kennedys many years together results in a telepathic musical conversation.  The addition of new bassist Felix Pastorius (son of bass legend, Jaco Pastorius), one of the global pioneering figures of modern jazz bass, adds to the endless list of new possibilities.

First, a bit of background: In 1977, blues guitarist Robben Ford assembled a group of first-call session musicians to record with him on his album The Inside Story.  The trio of musicians, which included Ferrante, Haslip and drummer Ricky Lawson, soon discovered a chemistry and musical affinity that led to the formation of Yellowjackets…a “band within a band,” if you will, with Ford at the forefront.  Based on their recordings with Ford, Yellowjackets inked a deal with Warner Brothers and while Ford’s contributions to the group would wane over the years, the band known as Yellowjackets would flourish.


Their 1981 debut album, Yellowjackets, made serious waves in jazz radio, garnering public and critical acclaim.  Mirage A Trois followed in its footsteps with flourishes of jazz-fusion, blues and progressive rock, and with sales and concert success the world over.  1991’s Greenhouse ushered in a new era, featuring ace big band arranger and saxophonist Bob Mintzer playing a key role on many of the tracks. Shortly thereafter, Bob Mintzer became a bona fide member of Yellowjackets.  Live Wires, recorded live in 1992, captured the group in fine form with Mintzer at the helm and solidified this lineup as a classic one.

2001 saw the band release the pivotal live album, Mint Jam, followed by several others on the recently formed Heads Up Records, all continuing their tradition of vibrant and grooving albums. With their new album, A Rise In The Road, under their belts, the band is flying with renewed vigor and is still delivering its trademark, rhythmic sting.


DATE: Thursday, October 3, 2013
VENUE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIMES: 7:00 and 9:00 PM; 9:00 PM ½ Price Night for Students
PRICE: $25/Adv $28/Door, No Comps
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at:
MORE INFO: or 831-427-2227

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Amy Miller
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