Yoshi’s, Oakland’s venerated jazz club, will officially open its new San Francisco site Nov. 28.
Officials at the new club, in the up-and-coming Fillmore Jazz Preservation District on Fillmore Street, showed off the $10 million venue at a sneak preview event for the press Tuesday and announced the opening night artists: drummer Roy Haynes and the Birds of a Feather Super Band with vibraphonist Gary Burton, sax players Ravi Coltrane and Kenny Garrett, trumpeter Nicholas Payton, pianist David Kikoski and bassist John Patitucci.
In charge at the new location are owner/founder Kaz Kajimura, owner/developer Michael Johnson, artistic director Peter Williams and executive chef Shotaro Kamio.
As with the Oakland location, which opened in 1972, the new Yoshi’s will feature modern Japanese dining along with jazz in an intimate setting perfect for enjoying good music. The 28,000-square-foot venue boasts a 417-seat club (317 seats on the main floor and 100 in the mezzanine) and a 370-seat restaurant and lounge area.
The club, on the ground floor of the Fillmore Heritage Center (at 1330 Fillmore St. near Eddy Street) is part of a $75 million redevelopment project financed in part by The City. It was designed by Morimoto, Matano and Kang Architects.
Other artists in the lineup forthe club’s inaugural weeks include:
» Taj Mahal and the Phantom Blues Band, Nov. 29-Dec. 2
» Frank Jackson, Dec. 3
» Chick Corea and the Freedom Band, with Hubert Laws, Eddie Gomez and Airto, Dec. 4- 9
» Mimi Fox, Dec. 10
» Charlie Hunter with the Campbell Brothers, Dec. 12-16
» Rebeca Mauleon, Dec. 17
» Mike Stern with Richard Bona, Dennis Chambers and Bob Francescini, Dec. 18-22
» Boney James, Dec. 23
» Count Basie Orchestra with Ledisi, Dec. 26-31
» Gonzalo Rubalcaba Quintet, Jan 7-9
» Stanley Clarke, Jan. 10-13
» Bill Frisell Trio featuring Joey Baron and Tony Scherr, Jan. 17-20
» Cassandra Wilson, Jan. 29-Feb. 3
» Pat Metheny Trio featuring Christian McBride and Antonio Sanchez, Feb. 20-23
» Arturo Sandoval’s Mambo Big Band, Feb. 26-March 2
» Billy Cobham and Spectrum Revisited with Brian Auger, Victor Bailey and Dean Brown, April 9-13
Tickets go on sale Oct. 29. Visit www.yoshis.com or call (415) 655-5600 for details.