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Group Members: Peter Erskine, Benita, Michel, Peter Erskine, Richard Torres, Alan Pasqua, Dave Carpenter, Peter Erskine, Bob Sheppard, Dave Carpenter, Peter Erskine, Alan Pasqua, Dave Carpenter, Michel Benita, Nguyên Lê & Peter Erskine, jimmy haslip, Peter Erskine, Tim Hagans & The Norrbotten Big Band, Robben Ford, Robben Ford And The Blue Line, Bob Mintzer, Bob Mintzer Quartet, Bob Mintzer Big Band, Michel Benita, Nguyên Lê & Peter Erskine

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Although sometimes grouped with Spyro Gyra, Yellowjackets are actually one of the most creative regular groups in the "rhythm & jazz" genre. Founded in 1981 as an R&B-oriented band that starred guitarist Robben Ford, the group took a giant step forward when, after Ford's departure, altoist Marc Russo took his place. With original members Russell Ferrante on keyboards and electric bassist Jimmy Haslip, in addition to drummer William Kennedy, the band found its own R&B-ish sound, sometimes playing original compositions that sounded like Joe Zawinul at his most melodic. Starting out on Warner Bros. in the early '80s, Yellowjackets moved to MCA/GRP in 1986, where they released a string of well-received albums. In the '90s, Russo chose to go out on his own, and his replacement, Bob Mintzer (on tenor and bass clarinet), added more jazz credibility to the group's music. They moved back to Warner Bros. in 1995 for several albums before moving to the Heads Up label for the live two-CD set Mint Jam in 2002. Their first studio album in five years, Time Squared, was released in 2003. Three years later, the band celebrated its 25th anniversary as an ensemble with the release of the live album Twenty Five. The studio album Lifecycle followed in 2008. In 2011, the band marked its 30th year with the release of Timeline on Mack Avenue. In 2013 the band released A Rise in the Road, their first album to showcase new bassist Felix Pastorius (son of Jaco). Trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire also guested on three tracks.

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Date Venue Location Tickets
02.19.17 Revolution Hall Portland, OR US
02.24.17 The Palladium Carmel Carmel, IN US
03.01.17 Yoshi's Oakland Oakland, CA US
03.02.17 Blue Note Napa Napa, CA US
03.02.17 Blue Note Napa Napa, CA US
03.03.17 Blue Note Napa Napa, CA US
03.03.17 Blue Note Napa Napa, CA US