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YOSHI’S Family Matinees are Back!

By Jackie Burrell
Wednesday, August 6th, 2008 at 2:51 pm in children's music, Family Outings.

Tenor saxophone (Stock.xchng photos) We’re not sure if we simply whined enough, or if the management at Oakland’s premiere Jazz Club finally saw the light on their own … but Yoshi’s family matinees are back! As you jazz devotees may recall, Yoshi’s used to set aside a certain number of Sunday matinee shows for family-centric concerts — same great artists as the evening sets, but in a shorter format and with the occasional kid-friendly surprise, an impromptu on-stage vibes lesson, for example, or a little dash of Sesame Street.

Now the family matinees are back — and the fun resumes this Sunday when Mike Stern and the Yellowjackets take the stage at 2 p.m. ($5 for kids 15 and younger, $20-$24 for grown-ups) The Spanish Harlem Orchestra performs on the 17th and Maria Muldaur on the 24th. There are family matinees at the San Francisco Yoshi’s too — starting with Oliver Mtukudzi this weekend and Kenny Burrell next.

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