Friday, Aug 03, 2012 10:00 PM EDT
Scullers Jazz Club, Boston, MA
Yellowjackets celebrate 30 years as one of the premiere jazz groups of our time with the release of "Timeline" on March 15.
‘TIMELINE’ Has Received 2 GRAMMY® Nominations, in the Categories of ‘Best Jazz Instrumental Album’ and ‘Best Instrumental Composition’ for the Russell Ferrante penned title
track of the album. Congratulations to the Jackets for landing two nominations this year!
In 1977, Robben Ford assembled a group of veteran session musicians to record his album The Inside Story. The trio of musicians, which included keyboardist Russell Ferrante, bassist Jimmy Haslip and drummer Ricky Lawson, soon discovered a certain "chemistry" and musical affinity that led to their formation of Yellowjackets. The Inside Story being mainly instrumental, Robben Ford's record label wanted him to record another album that was more pop and vocal oriented. The group, known as the Robben Ford Group, preferred to pursue the instrumental route, and a "band within a band" was formed. This same group with Robben Ford on guitar recorded digital demos that were eventually accepted by Warner Brothers, and Yellowjackets was born. While Robben's contributions would diminish over the years to being a guest artist, the group known as Yellowjackets would flourish.