Colette and Friends Present ‘The Great American Songbook’

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Colette Ikemi-Osaki

SAN FRANCISCO — Japantown’s own Colette Ikemi-Osaki will be returning to Yoshi’s San Francisco on Sunday, June 19, at 3 p.m. to give a concert dedicated to the music of the Nisei generation and performing selections from the Great American Songbook.

Ikemi-Osaki (www.coletteikemi.com) has been performing since the age of 16 and her earliest musical influences are attributed to her late father, Shoei, who is noted in the Ukulele Hall of Fame and taught her to appreciate jazz standards at a young age.

The Great American Songbook is a collection of the greatest songs from the 20th century. The years from the 1920s to the early 1960s were a unique period in the history of American popular music. It was a period that saw the advent of a new type of songwriting, strongly influenced by jazz.

Mostly composed for Broadway musicals and Hollywood movies, performed and covered over and over by singers and musicians of every genre, this songwriting style quickly became the favorite of a generation. From Cole Porter to Ira and George Gershwin, these songs became known simply as the “standards.”

Everyone is invited to join Ikemi-Osaki and some of the top Bay Area musicians at Yoshi’s to take a trip down memory lane, back to the days of “Your Hit Parade.” The band members are Carey Huang (keyboards), Derrick Tong (bass), Billy Shen (guitar) and Arthur Wong (drums).

Yoshi’s San Francisco is located at 1330 Fillmore St. at Eddy on the ground floor of the Fillmore Heritage Center. Tickets are $25. To purchase tickets, go to http://www.yoshis.com/sanfrancisco/jazzclub/artist/show/1908 or call (415) 655-5600.

All artist proceeds will go directly to the Northern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund. For more information on the fund, go to www.jcccnc.org.

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