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  • 7/2/20 – Jessy J Opening Night

    A major part of capturing the essence of Jessy is experiencing the way she ensembles with her powerhouse band, which includes longtime members, drummer Iajhi Hampton, bassist Frank Abraham and guitarist Michael Angel. Rounding out her group at the Yoshi’s concert was veteran keyboardist/pianist Jay Rowe, who also contributed several arrangements and his otherworldly keyboard talents to
    California Christmas. Jessy and her band bring new life to her #1 Billboard hits “Tequila Moon” and “Tropical Rain,” her #1 Billboard Jazz Album “Hot Sauce,” her Top 10 hit “Tango Boy” and audience favorites like “Mas Que Nada” and “Sin Ti/Without You.” The saxophonist also debuts her twist on the timeless Antonio Carlos Jobim Brazilian classic “Agua De Beber” and original songs with an old school
    60’s styled jazz flair.
    Another unique aspect of Jessy J Live at Yoshi’s is that everything on stage was mixed by two different crews, a sonic duality that is used on the hit ABC-TV show “Dancing With The Stars,” whose live band Jessy has played on telecasts with on and off since 2014.
    Looking back over her ten year recording career, Jessy reflects that she has made a lot of stylistic choices from project to project.
    Jessy’s connection to her Latin heritage runs deep, as her father is originally from Mexico and her mom hails from Texas. Born in Oregon and raised in southern California, Jessy grew up in a home full of big family get-togethers, Mexican feasts and lots of Latin, jazz and pop music. Her musical influences include Cannonball Adderley, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Grover Washington, Jr., Sergio Mendes,
    Ricky Martin and Gloria Estefan. She is grateful that her Hispanic fans have been inspired by her love of these musical roots, which has sometimes helped foster connections with their own family heritage.