Published: Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013
New York (TADIAS) – When it comes to the groundbreaking Ethiopian and American fusion sound of the Boston-based band Debo, no one has described it better than Rolling Stone magazine: “Guitar solos, massed vocals, violin, and brass rush in like a Red Bulled marching band. Dance at your own risk.” Debo will perform at Yoshi’s San Francisco, one of the country’s premiere jazz clubs, on July 17th, and will be joined on stage by the rising local stars ‘Ethio Jazz Band.’
The Young Ethio Jazz Band comprises of members of Oakland’s Medhani Alem Ethiopian Orthodox Church, and according to the event announcement “The students play Ethio-jazz, a style that blends American jazz and Latin rhythms with traditional Ethiopian sounds.” The band members include Jacob Sirak (Alto Sax), Yonathan Estifanos (Trumpet), Paulos Thomas (Trumpet), Addis Getahun (Tenor Sax), Christian Tesfaye (Drums), Robel Gizachew (Bass), Semon Yacob (Keyboard and vocal), and Yohannis Dawit (Keyboard).
The 11-member Debo is led by Ethiopian-American saxophonist Danny Mekonnen and fronted by charismatic vocalist Bruck Tesfaye. The bands recent and upcoming performances include the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, Bumbershoot, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, The Kennedy Center, Montreal Jazz Festival, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, South by Southwest, Joe’s Pub, and World Music Festival: Chicago. Their self-titled debut for Sub Pop / Next Ambiance was produced by Thomas “Tommy T” Gobena of Gogol Bordello and features album art by critically-renowned painter Julie Mehretu.
If You Go:
DEBO BAND plus Young Ethio Jazz Band
Wednesday, July 17
Yoshi’s San Francisco
1330 Fillmore Street
SF, CA 94115
Tickets: 8pm $17 adv, $22 door
Watch: DEBO BAND:
Video: YOUNG ETHIO JAZZ BAND:
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