30 Years of Asian American Jazz to Be Celebrated at Yoshi’s

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SAN FRANCISCO — Thirty years of Asian American jazz will be celebrated on Sunday, Sept. 11, from 7 to 10 p.m. at Yoshi’s San Francisco, 1330 Fillmore St. in San Francisco.

Dr. Anthony Brown

Dr. Anthony Brown’s Grammy- nominated Asian American Orchestra will present the Sanju (30) Project. Smithsonian scholar, composer and percussionist Brown and bassist, composer and Emmy Award winner Mark Izu have been musical collaborators for over three decades as pioneers of the Asian American jazz movement.

They will premiere their first joint composition, “Fire and Shadow: For Fukushima,” featuring taiko drums and jazz orchestra.

The Sanju Project also commemorates the first Asian American Jazz Festival (AAJF), held 30 years ago over Labor Day weekend in 1981. An exhibition of original silk-screened posters and photographs by Nancy Hom, Zand Gee, Bob Hsiang and others, and other memorabilia from the festival’s archives will be on display in the lobby.

The Sanju Project will also honor 89-year-old retired historian, musician, and educator George Yoshida, who played jazz in World War II Japanese American internment camp bands, has been a mentor and role model for Brown and Izu, and will be a guest performer with the Asian American Orchestra.

Proceeds will be donated to Yoshi’s Japan relief benefit. The Sanju Project is made possible with support from the Koret Foundation, Zellerbach Family Foundation, Yoshi’s SF, Jazz Heritage Center, First Voice, and Fifth Stream Music.

Tickets are $18 in advance, $22 at the door. For more information, visit www.yoshis.com.

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