Archive for November, 2011

Bonny Bonaparte has left Spyro Gyra for health related reasons. You may remember that Bonny missed about a month earlier this year while Will Kennedy and (mostly) Josh Dion filled in for him.

What happened was a stroke, from which Bonny has not yet fully recovered. Further, his doctor has advised him that the travel, that is a necessary part of being in this band, poses a threat to his continued health and recovery.

Bonny Bonaparte (Drums) was born and raised on the island of Trinidad and Tobago. His early shows with popular local groups such as “The Trinidad Troubadours” followed by tours in the U.S., Canada, South America, The Virgin Islands, and most of the Caribbean gave Bonny the opportunity to perform with such diverse artists as James Brown, The Bee Gees, Natalie Cole, KC and the Sunshine Band, The Commodores, The Jackson 5, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, The Manhattans, Millie Jackson, B.T. Express, and many others.

After returning home, Bonny played with Peter Tosh, Bob Marley, Yellowman, and recorded with Valentine, The Mighty Sparrow, Crazy, Calypso Rose, Tony Ricardo, and his mentor Earl Rodney and Friends.

Bonny currently resides in Las Vegas, where he’s performed with Clint Holmes, Dennis Miller, Kid Creole and the Coconuts, Jeffrey Osborne, David Brenner, Soul Desire, Paul Christopher, Tony Tillman, and many others. Bonny has toured and recorded with Bruce Hornsby for several years, and was touring and recording with Spyro Gyra. Bonny is listed as one of the “Prominent & Influential R&B drummers of the 1990’s” in “The Ten Commandments of R&B Drumming” (Zoro).

We pray for a full recovery for Bonny B.

Yoshi’s is happy to offer a dinner + show package for New Years Eve.
Performing artist on all days is Brian Culbertson.

At a cost of $165, the package includes a ticket to the show, priority reserved seating, special NYE dinner, and a savings over the cost of purchasing separately.

Doors open at 7:30 PM, show begins at 8:00 PM.

Shows at December 29, 30, 31, 2011 and January 1, 2012.

Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero West, Jack London Square, Oakland, California 94607

Saxophonist Phil Denny has a long history of performing in the midwest as the front man and founder of the Lansing, Michigan group Too Smooth For Notes. For the last several years, Phil has been developing and honing in on his individuality on the sax while cultivating a diverse fan base and building an impressive resume including performing with or along side notable artist like Kirk Whalum, Gerald Albright, Randy Scott, Tim Bowman, Lalah Hathaway, Gail Jhonson, Howard Hewitt, Al McKenzie, Orrick Ewing and even had an impromptu jam session with Stevie Wonder.

This time great keyboardist Nate Harasim will share the show.

John Ascuaga’s Nugget Hotel Resort 1100 Nugget Ave Sparks, NV 89431

Wednesday, December 14th 2011 – Doors Open at 6:00 PM

Once in a great while an artist, with a history and story so compelling, returns with a product so unique and masterful, that it demands serious attention! That’s Andre Delano. His style is a great mixture of R&B, dance, and funky soul. Join Ms. Bridgette and the CoffeeTalk Jazz Crew at Legendary Spaghettini Grill & Lounge for Andre Delano’s Smooth Soul Christmas.

Spaghettini Grill & Lounge, 3005 Old Ranch Parkway, Seal Beach, California 90740
Saturday, December 3rd 7:30 pm
$30 Reserved Seats Tel: 562-596-2199

Crowne Plaza Hotel Atlanta Perimeter At Ravinia, 4355 Ashford Dunwoody, Atlanta, Georgia 30346

Saturday, December 31, 2011 – 10:00 pm

Go for tickets here!

With phenomenal capabilities of emulating and incorporating music styles from global genres with a mix of pop/rock/soul and contemporary, he has forged the edge on branding a fresh, new, crisp and chart topping sound as an unparalleled guitarist and signature vocalist. His radiating live performances have earned him countless standing ovations throughout the U.S. and world tour invites. Adding a technical force to his credit, Steve Oliver is branded and acknowledged for designing a spectacular guitar synth for Carvin Guitars and has conducted training videos available online and demonstrations the NAMM show annually.

He has already several albums to his credit. First View (1999), Positive Energy (2002), 3D (2004), Radiant (2006), Snowfall (2006) and the DVD/CD feature One Night Live (2008) are to mention. His new album is entitled Global Kiss and released by Oliver’s own label SOM Entertainment.

Don’t miss his spectacular New Year’s show at La Palapa Restaurant Bar.   La Palapa Restaurant Bar Night Club & Banquet Facility serving Southern California for all your dinner, party, banquet, beachfront beach wedding & reception needs located in Belmont Shore of Long Beach, California SoCal always the best food and live entertainment.

La Palapa Restaurant Bar, 4020 Olympic Plaza, Belmont Shore, California 90803

Saturday, December 31, 2011 – 9:30 pm