Yoko debuts at the Regattabar on March 9, 2011 at 7:30 pm with a concert inspired by jazz great Sheila Jordan in honor of Women’s History Month. We’ve gotten the word: at least 100 tickets to be sold for Yoko to be considered for a return engagement. If you’re planning on coming, PLEASE buy your tickets now!
Yoko takes her place in history as one of a select group of women instrumentalists that excel in the jazz world’s version of a triple threat: a commanding bandleader; writer of complex compositions; and a performer of virtuoso ability. Sheila Jordan, legendary vocalist and a living link to jazz great Charlie Parker, learned much of her craft from instrumentalists and is renowned for her generosity in passing on her wisdom. “She’s amazing and inspiring in her dedication to the music and the jazz life. I learn so much from her every time we talk. I’m so happy to play a show in her honor,” Yoko says. See her earlier post about Sheila Jordan here.
Ingrid Monson, Quincy Jones Professor of African American Music and Interim Dean of Arts and Humanities at Harvard University and herself a trumpet player, says, “Of course there are now opportunities for women in jazz. But it’s still rare to find a woman instrumentalist and composer who rises to prominence as a bandleader.” Come to see one of the best!