Bringing an eclectic mix of jazz and R&B, this jazz fusion quartet is ready to deliver a world-class performance on the 2018 edition of the Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival. A collective of top-class musicians, the 14-time Grammy-nominated US band has spread its soulful message across the world for over four decades. They delivered 27 distinguished studio albums, and an array of unparalleled live performances.
When the Yellowjackets were founded back in 1977, original member and keyboardist Russell Ferrante didn’t dare to dream he literally signed up for the trip of a lifetime. He started taking piano lessons at 9, but his passion for music truly awoke when he first heard the marriage of jazz and R&B in his hometown San José. His musical genius surpassed the local gospel church piano, as he enrolled into collaborations with great names such as Bobby McFerrin and Joni Mitchell.
In 1986 the group was joined by William Kennedy, the house drummer for The Wayne Brady Show on ABC. After touring with legends Chaka Kahn and Jonathan Butler, he was ready to commit to a group where he could pursue his dream to become a pioneering front man drummer. When saxophonist and arranger Bob Mintzer joined, the group was enriched with a true academic in the jazz genre. Although only the true jazz experts may know him by his passionate project the Bob Mintzer Big Band, he is mostly known through quotations and scores of colleges and universities playing Bob Mintzer charts. With the addition of electric bass guitarist Dane Alderson, the game had reached a full quartet. Alderson is mostly known for his work with James Morrison, but rose to acclaim when he supported electric bass phenomenon Victor Wooten.
The Yellowjackets are renown for their live performances, and they look forward to play the back-beat forth on the 12th edition of Aruba’s most beloved festival.