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Playlist Project | Yoshi's

A Living Relic
Yoshi's, Bay Area Jazz Club

Assigning a definition to jazz is nearly impossible. Any number of songs could have been added to this playlist and been able to provide sufficient evidence as to why it should be considered in the genre. That's why the music this playlist represents, is a hodgepodge of songs with different grooves from different places, with techniques and styles that have influenced almost every type of music after it. Jazz is a living relic, a reflection of time.
 
Back when guys like Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis were playing, the times sounded like scatting and bebop. Now, jazz has drums machines and synthesizers. That’s why this playlist has characters like Alice Coltrane and Sun Ra, alongside legends like Thelonious Monk and Louis Armstrong. Their songs are snapshots of a culture that inspire musicians today like, Robert Glasper and Flying Lotus, to explore the vastness of creative possibility.
 
In 1997, Yoshi's was invited by the Port of Oakland to relocate to Jack London Square as part of a plan to revitalize the area. Together with Morimoto Architects, Yoshi's built an award-winning 320-seat jazz club with a state-of-the-art sound system and design. Occupying 17,000 square feet in the heart of Jack London Square, the club is in its 17th year in that location which has become one of the East Bay's greatest destinations. The club has continued to present the finest in jazz music, as well as world music, blues, neo-soul, Latin jazz and Afro-Cuban music.
 
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