Double MOBO Award winning YolanDa Brown is the premier female saxophonist in the UK, known for seamlessly blending jazz, reggae, and soul. She makes her eagerly anticipated Blue Note Napa debut on her “Coming to America” Tour, celebrating 10 years in music.
YolanDa has toured with Diana Krall, The Temptations, Billy Ocean, and collaborated with artists such as Snarky Puppy’s Bill Laurance, Reggae Legend Bob Marley’s son Julian, Trumpeter Keyon Harrold, Grammy Winner Jon Cleary and the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.
She is a broadcaster - working on TV and Radio and has interviewed musicians such as Gregory Porter for Channel 5 and Avery Sunshine for British Airways.
Brown was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Arts by the University of East London and also invited to meet the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace. She has played to Presidents and Heads of States and is a celebrity ambassador for the charities; Prince’s Trust, Children and the Arts, as well as Chair of Youth Music. With her new album “Love Politics War” topping the Jazz charts, she is a real renaissance woman set to reach new heights. Join YolanDa Brown for a fantastic evening of sunshine music on her “Coming to America" Tour.
BLUE NOTE NAPA
Blue Note Napa is located on the first floor of the Historic Napa Valley Opera House at First & Main. We are an intimate 142-seat jazz club and restaurant, where you can enjoy performances of world renowned and local Bay Area artists alike. We offer a full menu with market-driven cuisine, as well as an elegant wine and cocktail list. Enjoy fantastic main courses, sharing plates, and desserts while you take in a show.
All ticket prices are based on per person. Dinner is served in all sections. Your ticket is your dining reservation. Separate reservations are not needed.
“Sapphire” Booth Seating:
Booth seating for parties of 4, 5- 6 persons: Our premier level of seating! Booths are only available as tables of four, five or six and are not available as singles or pairs. Booths are 1st come, 1st seated. You will be seated when you arrive. (Seating is dark blue color on map)
“Royal Blue” Center Table Seating:
Seating in premier center table areas in front of stage: Pairs are seated across from each other. 1st come, 1st seated in center section (Seating is light blue color on map)
Standard Side Table Seating:
Seating in side table areas left and right of center section: Pairs are seated across from each other. 1st come, 1st seated. (Table seating is yellow on map)
Bar Area Ticket Seating (only patrons 21+ can sit at bar):
Great View!! Bar Chairs are tall with backs and comfy padded seats. Purse hooks too. (Bar area is pink on map).
A portion of each ticket’s fees goes to the historic preservation of the Napa Valley Opera House.
Tickets are the same price whether purchased in person, over the phone or online.
Dinner Menu available in all seating areas
Think saxophones, and most of us will immediately start thinking of jazz, specifically trad jazz. No bad thing, maybe, as there are few instruments as beautiful as the saxophone, and few sounds as effortlessly beautiful as jazz, but YolanDa Brown is someone who has made the instrument truly her own, a miraculously gifted saxophonist fluent in a whole lot more than just that one genre.
Charismatic and charming, YolanDa Brown is the double MOBO Award-winning saxophonist, widely regarded as the emerging “voice” of mainstream jazz in the UK.
YolanDa has toured with The Temptations, Errol Brown, Alexander O’Neal, Courtney Pine, Diana Krall and has played with Jools Holland’s Rhythm & Blues Orchestra. In her own right, YolanDa is one of the most exciting and in-demand live performers on the contemporary music scene.
“April Showers, May Flowers”, YolanDa’s debut album reached number one in both the Amazon and iTunes jazz charts, although her music is a wonderful mix of genres, touching on jazz, soul and reggae.
Tuneful and inspirational, YolanDa’s music has brought her to perform before Heads of State and in 2011 YolanDa was invited to meet Her Majesty the Queen and Prince Philip, at Buckingham Palace.
YolanDa is a Celebrity Ambassador for HRH The Prince of Wales and His Prince’s Trust.
You don't come across many people as extraordinary, and motivational, as YolanDa Brown, which is why she is one of a kind. She very probably runs on rocket fuel.
"Do I sleep?" she asks, giggling. "Not much, but then I don't need many hours. I've got too much I want to prove right now, I suppose, and so I'm doing my best to do just that."
Right now, she is everybody's best kept secret, an industry buzzword. Pretty soon, YolanDa Brown will be instantly recognisable. She might just turn out to be a national treasure, this one. Watch this space...
Award Winning British Saxophonist and Broadcaster YolanDa Brown celebrates 10 Years in Music in 2018.
YolanDa Brown is the UK’s leading female saxophonist with a flourishing career, known for seamlessly blending jazz, reggae, and soul. She has toured with Diana Krall, The Temptations, Billy Ocean, and collaborated with artists such as Reggae Legend Bob Marley’s son Julian and the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.
Her stunning sophomore album Love Politics War was released to critical acclaim in 2017 and went straight to No.1 in the UK Jazz Charts. The new album features special guests Bill Laurance (from multiple Grammy winners Snarky Puppy), Grammy Award Winner Jon Cleary, Floacist, from Grammy winning UK group Floetry, Dame Evelyn Glennie (3 x Grammy winning percussionist), Trumpeter Keyon Harrold, Soul man Raheem DeVaughn and Casey Benjamin from the Grammy Winning Robert Glasper band.
YolanDa commented: “I wanted to create an album that reflected the current state of the world with its political tensions and its numerous uprisings and protests – with the underlying message that love conquers all.”
Love Politics War follows the success of her debut album April Showers and May Flowers, which debuted at No.1 on the Jazz charts. Her latest 2016 / 17 tour saw her perform at the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, Barbican for the London Jazz Festival, special guest on Billy Ocean’s Tour and make her Australian debut in Melbourne, Australia.
YolanDa is currently writing a series of children’s books as well as having a burgeoning parallel career as a broadcaster for TV and radio. She recently interviewed Grammy Winner Gregory Porter for Channel 5 and presented a live broadcast for BBC 4 featuring Trumpeter James Morrison and American Soul singer Dianne Reeves.
She has been selected as a celebrity ambassador for many charities including the Prince’s Trust and Children and the Arts and was recently appointed as Chair of Trustees of “Youth Music”. She has also been invited to meet the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace. YolanDa studied to PhD level and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Arts by the University of East London.
She performed on a British Airways flight with Nicole Sherzinger en route to Mardi Gras in New Orleans and in her spare time – if there is any after all that – she enjoys racing fast cars and can complete a Rubik’s cube in under 5 minutes… on a good day!
A real renaissance woman, set to reach new heights.