Mt. Bachelor Riverhouse Jazz: Yellowjackets
Fri, Feb 17 - Sat, Feb 18
Central Oregon’s music scene and Bend’s nightlife will get a major boost this season, as Mt. Bachelor Riverhouse Jazz launches a new seven-month series that will feature a mix of world-class touring artists, including Benny Green, Tierney Sutton, Yellowjackets and Ravi Coltrane, as well as the greats of the NW (see detailed artist information below). There will be two shows (Friday & Saturday) one weekend each month, from October to April.
Yellowjackets was formed in 1977, known originally as the Robben Ford Group, after the band’s founder, who is considered one of the greatest guitarists of all-time, and is well-known for crossing over from jazz to blues, to various jazz forms.
During their more than 35 year run, the Yellowjackets have developed a special chemistry, receiving continuous critical acclaim in a manner unsurpassed in the jazz genre, in spite of going through numerous personnel changes. This includes more than 14 Grammy award nominations. Originally labeled as “fusion,” at times the band has moved toward R&B (especially during a period with former Tower of Power alto saxophonist Marc Russo), blues and progressive rock.
Bob Mintzer: Saxophones | Russell Ferrante: Piano/Keys | Dane Alderson Electric: Bass | Will Kennedy: Drums