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Yellowjackets Team with WDR Big Band for “Jackets XL”
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Yellowjackets Team with WDR Big Band for “Jackets XL”

Yellowjackets has been at it since 1977 and released its debut album in 1981. Nearly forty years later, they went big with their 25th offering, entitled “Jackets XL”, which features the WDR Big Band of Cologne, Germany.

Yellowjackets: Brotherly (Live 2019)
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Yellowjackets: Brotherly (Live 2019)

Zycopolis TV just shared some great videos from The Yellowjackets 2019 concert at New Morning. Dane Alderson is in the line-up, masterfully holding down the low end on the tune, “Brotherly.”

Yellowjackets: Why Is It
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Yellowjackets: Why Is It

Recorded at the Blue Note in Milan, Italy in October 2010, here’s the Yellowjackets performing “Why Is It.” Jimmy Haslip is the man!

Yellowjackets Release “Raising Our Voice”
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Yellowjackets Release “Raising Our Voice”

Legendary fusion band Yellowjackets have released a new album called Raising Our Voice, which pushes into new territory by featuring vocalist Luciana Souza on seven of its thirteen tracks. The usually instrumental band used the opportunity to continue their sonic explorations. “The band keeps moving forward,” says longtime saxophonist Bob Mintzer. “It’s one of the few partnership bands in the...

Yellowjackets: Spirit of the West
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Yellowjackets: Spirit of the West

It is always great to see a Yellowjackets video hit the radar. In this clip from 2011, the band plays “Spirit of the West” live, with some beautiful unison lines by Jimmy Haslip and Bob Mintzer. Dig Jimmy’s solo!

The Yellowjackets Release Album with New Bassist
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The Yellowjackets Release Album with New Bassist

The Yellowjackets have released their first album with Australian virtuoso bassist Dane Alderson. The album, Cohearence, features jazz fusion, a rendition of the folk song “Shenandoah,” and a closing track with a chamber-jazz feel. The band, which released its debut album under the Yellowjackets name in 1981 after forming in 1977 as the Robben Ford Group, introduced the music on...

Yellowjackets Release “A Rise In The Road” with Felix Pastorius
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Yellowjackets Release “A Rise In The Road” with Felix Pastorius

One thing a band with the Yellowjackets’ longevity is likely to experience is change. The 32-year run has seen their fair share of change, with the most recent one happening with the bass chair. Back in January 2012, we broke the news that Felix Pastorius – son of the late Jaco Pastorius – was replacing Jimmy Haslip. Haslip reportedly wanted...

Yellowjackets Celebrate 30 Years with New Material: “Timeline”
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Yellowjackets Celebrate 30 Years with New Material: “Timeline”

The Yellowjackets, formed 30 years ago by bassist Jimmy Haslip and keyboardist Russell Ferrante, is celebrating their anniversary with the release of Timeline. The album is the band’s 21st release, and features the return of drummer Will Kennedy after a dozen years away from the band. The 11-track album includes music penned mostly by Ferrante and saxophonist Bob Mintzer with...

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Yellowjackets: Claire’s Song

In a performance from the North Sea Jazz Festival back in 1992, when the festival was in The Hague, Holland, here’s the Yellowjackets with Jimmy Haslip performing the lovely “Claire’s Song”: