Yoshi's (jazz club)

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Full name Yoshi’s Oakland
Address 510 Embarcadero W
Oakland, CA 94607-3506
Location Jack London Square
Owner Yoshie Akiba, Kaz Kajimura
Capacity 310
Opened May 18, 1997 (1997-05-18)
Construction cost $3 million
Venue Website

Yoshi's (also known as Yoshi's Jazz Club and Yoshi's Oakland) is a nightclub located within Jack London Square in Oakland, California. The venue originally opened in 1972 as a restaurant in Berkeley, later moving to Claremont Avenue in Oakland. In 1979, the restaurant expanded into a lounge/nightclub hosting local and national jazz musicians.

In 1985, the venue was rebranded as Yoshi's Nitespot until 1997, when it moved yet again within the Port of Oakland. The current location began operations May 18, 1997 with a performance by Tito Puente.


Nels Cline performing in 2006 in Oakland

Started as a Japanese restaurant in Berkeley by Yoshie Akiba, a World War II war orphan, (who came to the United States to study dance, art, and dance therapy), and her friends Kaz Kajimura and Hiroyuki Hori, the club soon moved to a larger space on Claremont Avenue in Oakland, California and began to feature live jazz music. It eventually gained a reputation as one of the most significant jazz venues on the West Coast.

In May 1997, the club moved to Jack London Square during the revitalization of the Port of Oakland, as a 330-seat, 17,000-square-foot (1,600 m2) jazz concert hall with an attached 220 seat Japanese restaurant, assisted by funding from the Oakland Development Agency.[1][2]

San Francisco location[edit]

Yoshi's on Fillmore Street

On November 28, 2007, it opened a second 28,000-square-foot (2,600 m2) location in San Francisco's Fillmore District, as a flagship of the city's attempt to restore the formerly African American neighborhood (which was uprooted in the 1970s by urban renewal) as a center of black culture and jazz.[3] On July 1, 2014 Yoshi's San Francisco was purchased by Fillmore Live Entertainment Group. On November 1, 2014 the name changed to The Addition[4], and three months later it closed entirely.[5] [6][7] Roy Haynes was the featured performer on the opening night of the new San Francisco location.[8]

Noted performers[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hilderbrand, Lee (August 12, 2012). "Yoshi's celebrates 40th year". San Francisco Chronicle. Hearst Communications. Retrieved June 26, 2017. 
  2. ^ Rubien, David (2007-05-13). "The Spot for Jazz". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2008-01-24. 
  3. ^ "How the Yoshi's deal went down". The New Fillmore. July 4, 2014. Retrieved June 26, 2017. 
  4. ^ Sciacca, Annie (January 13, 2015). "Former Yoshi's San Francisco announces sudden closure". San Francisco Business Times. San Francisco, California: Advance Publications. Retrieved June 26, 2017. 
  5. ^ Meline, Gabe (January 12, 2015). "The Addition, Formerly Yoshi's in San Francisco, to Abruptly Close". KQED. Northern California Public Broadcasting. Retrieved June 26, 2017. 
  6. ^ Hamlin, Jesse (2007-09-19). "Yoshi's gets ready for its San Francisco opening". San Francisco Chronicle. Hearst Corporation. Retrieved 2008-01-24. 
  7. ^ Ouellette, Dan (2007-11-23). "Club aims to return San Francisco to jazz glory". Reuters. Reuters Group. Retrieved 2008-01-24. 
  8. ^ Scheinin, Richard (2007-11-30). "Yoshi's shines, sizzles on opening night in S.F." San Jose Mercury News. MediaNews Group. Retrieved 2008-01-24. 

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Coordinates: 37°47′46″N 122°16′42″W / 37.7961°N 122.2782°W / 37.7961; -122.2782