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Hugh Masekela & Larry Willis: Friends

South African trumpet icon & composer of "Grazing in the Grass"

The Hugh Masekela story is a long and exciting one: the two times Grammy awarded artist is Africa´s most important jazz and world musician. He has covered the globe and played with just about every top star you can think of. Hugh Masekela wrote a number of international hits and sold several million CDs. He even topped "Jumping Jack Flash" by the Rolling Stones with "Grazing in the Grass" in the US charts. Another very popular song of Hugh Masekela called "Bring Him Back Home" became the anthem for Nelson Mandala's world tour following his release from prison. Some of Hugh Masekela´s activities are a while ago ... but he is still making history:

In 2010 he opened both - the Kick off Concert and the opening ceremony of the World Cup in South Africa - a worldwide TV event. His touring schedule was massive and included major festivals and venues like the Carnegie Hall, NY and the Royal Festival Hall in London or the Mela Festival in Oslo, where he performed in front of[masked] people.

Pianist Larry Willis has had an important and distinguished 40-year career in jazz. Since making his recording debut on Jackie McLean’s landmark 1965 album “Right Now!,” the New York-born Willis has played everything from free jazz to fusion to rock while performing as a valued sideman with such jazz titans as Dizzy Gillespie, Lee Morgan, Cannonball Adderley, Art Blakey and Woody Shaw.

(I just saw Larry Willis perform at Smalls Jazz Club in NYC.  He is a jazz treasure and look forward to hearing him again.)

Link to show info at Yoshi's Oakland

5pm - Meet in the Bar Area to have a drink & socialize

6pm - Show - Group seating will be reserved by Yoshi's

To sign up for this event, please do the following:

  1. Sign up on the waiting list
  2. Purchase your ticket from Yoshi's for the 6pm show on Sunday, June 23rd
  3. Send me a message of the first & last name & number of tickets purchased.
  4. Organizer will then move your RSVP to a "yes"

Click here to purchase tickets for the Sunday, June 23rd at 6pm

Tickets are $24 plus $3.50 service fee.

The waiting list is necessary so I know who is actually going to the show to organize the seating at Yoshi's. 

As of 6/18 the seating reservation has been made for 10.   

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  • Dipti S

    A great meetup! Thanks Cindy!

    1 · June 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you for organizing this, Cindy! Great event!

    1 · June 23, 2013

  • Robin S

    He was amazing! Not only did he play the trumpet, but he sang songs from South Africa and New Orleans, and shared great stories of other musicians who have been a part of his life!

    June 23, 2013

    • Cindy

      Wasn't that a treat? Loved it.

      June 23, 2013

  • Cindy

    Thanks to everyone for coming tonight. Great show by Hugh & Larry. Who knew we would get such story telling, singing & trumpet playing from Hugh Masekela. A jazz history lesson along with some great jazz played by two long time friends.

    June 23, 2013

  • beth b

    Cindy, thx for planning this. Great concert, and I enjoyed meeting everyone.

    June 23, 2013

    • Cindy

      My pleasure. Nice meeting you and the show was fantastic.

      June 23, 2013

  • Cindy

    I am here in the bar area against the window close to the box office.

    June 23, 2013

  • beth b

    FYI all - per Yoshi's website, there is a 1 drink or appetizer minimum in the club.

    June 19, 2013

  • Cindy

    We only have 9 people so far that have purchased tickets for the show. I went ahead and purchased 1 more ticket to make it 10 so they will reserve seats for our group. Our seating reservation is set for 10 people. I have the extra ticket up for grabs to purchase from me for $27.50.

    June 18, 2013

    • Caleb C.

      All right, I'll take the last ticket. How should I pay you? Are you willing to wait til Sunday?

      June 18, 2013

    • Cindy

      You can pay me cash on Sunday. I'll trust you're good for it and see you then.

      June 18, 2013

  • Cindy

    To all on the Waiting List: Please purchase your ticket & message me first & last name so that I can move you to YES. Otherwise, please update your RSVP if your plans have changed.

    June 17, 2013

    • Cindy

      I don't understand why everyone is signed up on the waiting list, but have not purchased tickets. Please purchase your ticket and let me know so you are moved to YES.

      June 18, 2013

  • Bobby

    Send details in private message...

    June 16, 2013

    • Cindy

      I got your message with name purchased but Yoshi's doesn't have that name in the computer. Please contact me ASAP so I can complete the seating reservation.

      June 16, 2013

  • Dipti S

    Bought 2 tickets for the show.

    June 14, 2013

  • beth b

    thx :-) Just purchased my ticket.

    June 10, 2013

    • Cindy

      Got your message and looking forward to it.

      June 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Look forward to meting all of you, and experiencing a great session by the artists...

    June 9, 2013

  • Linda D.

    Got my ticket! Look forward to meeting you all
    Linda

    June 9, 2013

    • Cindy

      Thanks for the message. Look forward to meeting you.

      June 9, 2013

  • Robin S

    Got my ticket! See you there!

    1 · June 9, 2013

  • Cindy

    I have already purchased my ticket.

    June 9, 2013

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