Yoshi’s San Francisco to hold benefit for Japan earthquake relief 

Jazz fans might forget sometimes, because its Oakland and San Francisco locations book so many of their favorite artists. But Yoshi’s is also a top-notch Japanese restaurant.

So it makes perfect sense that the San Francisco-based Yoshi’s on Fillmore Street will be sponsoring a Japan Relief Benefit on Saturday, April 9, from 1 to 4 p.m. (tickets are $75, available at www.yoshis.com, and all proceeds go directly to the American Red Cross for Japan Relief).

Naturally, they’re pulling out all the food-and-sake stops, with the club’s own executive chef Sho Kamio joined by a dozen others from great Bay Area eateries, like Bruce Hill (Bix), Hoss Zare (Zare at Fly Trap), Yasu Iwata (Delica) and Chris Cosentino (Incanto).

Music for the event will be provided by appropriately pan-cultural acts like the Grammy-nominated Anthony Brown’s Asian American Jazz Orchestra, along with guests The Murasaki Ensemble, Rhythmix Taiko and Samba Asia.

The Red Cross reps will also be on hand, as will be members of the local Ogawa family, who’ve challenged us to raise one million dollars. They’ll match donations, dollar for dollar, up to $500,000.

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