Friday, March 6, 2015, 6:00pm to 9:30pm
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Blvd
Journey to musical nirvana with live jazz, R&B and funk at a special Blue Note Edition of a popular monthly social gathering, First Friday! Groove to the music of the Yaz Band as you enjoy signature drinks and extended viewing hours in our galleries. Explore our two new Exhibitions, Curators Choice: Black Life Matters and Coming Home: Remembering. Sahara FM Radio’s Humble Prince Olu will host the event.
The Yaz band, led by Yasuyuki, will be playing jazz, R&B, and funk in our Langston Hughes lobby, expressing the unique sounds of our theme for the evening. A native of Osaka, Japan, Yasuyuki “Yaz” Takagi has lived in Brooklyn, New York, since 1992. He formed the Yaz Band in 2002 and has been playing in the New York Metro area ever since. The Yaz Band is a four piece group that plays classic R&B songs written by artists such as Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind & Fire and Marvin Gaye, as well as original instrumental tunes influenced by Grover Washington, Jr., Maceo Parker, and The Crusaders. Yaz has also performed as part of Lincoln Center’s Out of Doors Festival, the historic Minton’s Playhouse and at the legendary Apollo Theater in New York City.
FIRST COME, FIRST SEATED For all free events, seats are generally overbooked to ensure a full house. All registered seats are released 15 to 30 minutes before start time, so we recommend that you arrive early.