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News and notes: No jazz at San Francisco Yoshi's, plenty Saturday in Oakland

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To the surprise of absolutely no one, the new management at Yoshi’s in San Francisco has announced the nightspot will no longer be a jazz venue. Here’s the lowdown from the Business Times.

It’s the beginning of a new era at Yoshi’s San Francisco, the offshoot of 42-year-old Yoshi’s in Oakland, and despite the brand’s heritage as a jazz club and Japanese restaurant, there will be no Japanese food and it will no longer be a jazz club.
In fact, it won’t even be called Yoshi’s anymore.
The Fillmore Street venue has a new ownership and management team headed by developer Michael E. Johnson, who developed the Fillmore Heritage Center, an 80-unit condo building and jazz history center that houses Yoshi’s. While it hasn't been solely a jazz club for several years, instead offering a wide range of musical styles, it will continue to expand its eclectic musical offerings, Johnson said.
As part of the agreement, the Yoshi’s name will remain on the San Francisco club for the next 90 to 120 days. Johnson said his team is also thinking of changing the entrance to the venue and adding another bar. The new menu and full roll-out of what Johnson calls “Yoshi’s 3.0” will come in the fall.

The Oakland Jazz Festival is set for Saturday at the California State University, East Bay, campus. Like many similar events, the jazz lineup is leavened with other genres, most notably the soulful pop-R&B of headliner Chaka Khan. Smooth jazz fans will definitely want to check out guitarist-vocalist Jonathan Butler and his Love & Soul Tour performers including Norman Brown and Alex Bugnon.

The Green Music Center at Sonoma State is welcoming a new addition, Schroeder Hall. Named for the piano-playing “Peanuts” character and reflecting his creator’s, Charles Schulz, long residence in the county, the 250-seat recital hall will present intimate concerts, year-round music classes and concerts and special organ recitals on its 1,248-pipe Brombaugh Opus 9 organ.

In 2007, local philanthropist and contributor Jean Schulz named the recital hall in recognition of her late husband, cartoonist Charles Schulz. To honor Jean Schulz, jazz pianist David Benoit will give the inaugural performance on Aug. 23 in the recital hall, a private concert titled “Tribute to Charlie Brown.”
Beginning in September, the hall will feature up-and-coming musicians and celebrated guest artists through an ongoing series, “Sundays at Schroeder.” The 11-concert lineup continues through May 2015 with performances by pianist Juho Pohjonen, singer Storm Large of Pink Martini fame and jazz vocalist Mary Stallings, among others.

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