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SIX BROTHERS ON SAX featuring Mark Allen Felton, Keith Anderson, Tom Braxton, Joseph Vincelli, Art Sherrod, Jr., Jason Davis at the 3rd Annual Riverfront Jazz Festival. Other artists performing include ERYKAH BADU, RHONDA ROSS & RODNEY, KENDRICK, AVERY SUNSHINE, OLETA ADAMS, BILAL, TITO PUENTE, Jr., HIROSHIMA, JONATHAN BUTLER, ROY AYERS, LOOSE ENDS, WILL DOWNING, LEELA JAMES, RAHEEM DEVAUGHN, THE YELLOWJACKETS, and more!

August 30 – September 1, 2019

Dallas Convention Center Arena/Theatre, 1309 Canton Street Dallas, Texas 75201


The Jacksonville Jazz Festival takes place May 26-29 and features jazz of all types, including the Yellowjackets and Generation Next with Lin Rountree, Lebron & Nicholas Cole.

Three stages in downtown Jacksonville, Florida 32202


Friday, July 18, 2014 – 7:45 pm

The Yellowjackets Two sets 7:45 & 9:30pm

Saturday, July 19, 2014 – 6:30 pm

Ken Navarro at 6:30pm | Ramsey Lewis, two sets 8:15 & 9:45pm

Sunday, July 20, 2014 – 4:30 pm

Generation Next with Nicholas Cole, Julian Vaughn, Lin Roundtree & Lebron

Town Point Park, 333 Waterside Dr, Norfolk, Virginia 23510


Dubai Jazz Festival® is back with Emirates Airline as the new title sponsor. Mark your calendar from the 14th till the 22nd of February 2013 for the 11th edition; an ultimate nine days packed with international acts from all music genres – with a cool hangout experience in a unique atmosphere at Festival Park, Dubai Festival City.

The annual festival will spread over nine consecutive nights and feature 22 diversified performances. The 11th edition of the festival will be hosted at Dubai Festival City for the second year and feature four headline acts, including legendary British rock band Deep Purple, who are set to perform on February 21, and American pop rock bands OneRepublic and 3 Doors Down, who will rock the stage on February 14 and 15, respectively.

The programme also includes nights at the venue’s Jazz Garden, where a wide array of jazz, blues, soul and R&B performers are set to keep fans entertained. For the jazzy line-up look at the banner.

For more information visit the website of the festival.

One of the area’s most popular music festivals will return for its 9th year from November 24-26. Past years have included such jazz legends and award-winning musicians as George Duke, Fourplay, Sergio Mendes, Herbie Hancock, Ivan Lins, David Sanborn, Earl Klugh, Armando Manzanero, and Sacbe, among many others.

This year’s lineup will include Natalia Lafourcade, Jeff Lorber, Randy Becker, Enrique and Fernando Toussaint, Jon Anderson of Yes, Stanley Clarke, Alex Otaola, Richard Bona, and the Yellowjackets.

Read more about this year’s JazzFest and its participants.

American Thanksgiving (November 24 this year) is a popular time for tourists to travel to the area, since the weather is fantastic, Hurricane Season has ended, and prices are lower around town than during High Season. Many accommodations are already booked, so if you’re interested in the Riviera Maya JazzFestival,  reserve your Royal Palms condo.

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

An eclectic blend of sights and sounds are on stage at da Vinci Days. Enjoy a multitude of daytime performances in the shade of the majestic oak trees on the park-like grounds of Oregon State University. Bring your blanket and stretch out under the stars for the evening Main Stage performances.

Bobby McFerrin and The Yellowjackets will perform Saturday, July 16, 8:30 pm on the main stage.

da Vinci Days, Main Stage near Main Entrance, 11th St & Madison Ave, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon 97333


Music is something all humans share, a source of beauty and comfort in our daily lives, a means to give voice to our joy in times of celebration and a powerful force that brings us all together. Music is the lifelong friend that we all have in common.

The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) celebrates music as all of these things—a sustaining human gift and wellspring of global culture. We invite people from every nation and walk of life to come and share in this common legacy, be amazed by the beauty and diversity of musical instruments from all across the globe, and be enriched by their sounds and the stories they have to tell.

The Yellowjackets began as the Robben Ford Group, a three-piece backup unit assembled for the guitarist’s 1977 release, The Inside Story. However, when Ford and his band headed in different creative directions, keyboardist Russell Ferrante, bassist Jimmy Haslip, and drummer Ricky Lawson renamed themselves the Yellowjackets and released their self-titled debut album in 1981. By 1987, Lawson had left the band and was replaced by William Kennedy, whose polyrhythmic sensibilities opened doors to an even greater sense of exploration. The result of this exploratory sensibility was Four Corners, a 1987 recording with a distinctly world-music sensibility.

Greenhouse, released in 1990, welcomed tenor saxophonist Bob Mintzer into the Yellowjackets lineup. Mintzer’s dedication to the jazz tradition, along with his highly developed skills as an arranger, has since taken the ‘Jackets to a new level of sophistication. Throughout the 1990s, the ‘Jackets continued to explore a diverse cross section of sound and rhythm. They entered the new millennium with their self-released Mint Jam. The two-disc set was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album. Backing up the regular lineup of Ferrante, Haslip, and Mintzer on Mint Jam is drummer Marcus Baylor, who continued with the band for ten years. Most recently, William Kennedy has returned to the drummer’s chair for the Yellowjackets.

Time Squared, the follow-up to Mint Jam, was released in 2003. Their first studio recording in five years, Time Squared captures much of the energy and spontaneity that made Mint Jam a formidable Grammy contender. Peace Round, the 2004 holiday album, includes several traditional holiday songs, each with a unique contemporary jazz spin. Altered State, released in 2005, continues to merge the traditional with the progressive by exploring unusual time signatures and exotic rhythms. The Yellowjackets celebrated its milestone twenty-fifth anniversary with the 2006 CD/DVD release of the aptly titled Twenty-Five, which captured live performances in France and Italy.

In the summer of 2007, the Yellowjackets were joined by guitar virtuoso Mike Stern for some electrifying performances at the Montreal Jazz Festival. The dates served as a catalyst for Lifecycle, a ‘Jackets/Stern studio collaboration that proved to be one of the most innovative and memorable jazz albums of 2008. The first Yellowjackets recording in fifteen years to feature a guitar player, Lifecycle illustrates the kind of energy and creative brilliance that results when five talented players pool their individual skills as songwriters and musicians and merge into an entity that is far greater than the sum of its parts.

For more information on the Yellowjackets, visit

Mim Music Theater, 4725 East Mayo Blvd, Phoenix, Arizona

Saturday, March 12, 2011 – 8:00 pm

Mack Avenue Records is proud to announce the signing of Grammy® award winning jazz group, the Yellowjackets. The signing was made official at the 2010 Detroit International Jazz Festival, where the group headlined on the Carhartt Amphitheatre Stage.

Comprised of saxophonist Bob Mintzer, keyboardist Russell Ferrante, bassist Jimmy Haslip and drummer Will Kennedy (who was a member of the group from 1986-1998 and returned this year), the group joins the Mack Avenue family during its 30th anniversary of making music.

“It certainly feels like a lifelong gift to have accomplished this milestone in one’s vast career. I am both honored and humbled by it,” reflects Haslip, who is a founding member of the group with Ferrante. “We are very pleased and very proud to be signed to Mack Avenue.”