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Yoshi’s San Francisco: Sushi & Standards

Yoshi's in San Francisco
The inside of Yoshi's in San Francisco
The owners of Yoshi's: Yoshie Akiba (far left) and Kaz Kajimura (at podium)
Roy Haynes (on drums) and the Yoshi's Birds of a Feather Super Band

Jazz and sushi might not readily rank in the pantheon of classic pairings alongside peanut butter and jelly, champagne and caviar or Abbott and Costello, but don’t tell that to Yoshie Akiba and Kaz Kajimura.

For the past 35 years, the two former U.C. Berkeley students and lifelong friends have turned the seemingly disparate duo of Japanese cuisine and one of America’s original art forms into Yoshi’s, one of the preeminent jazz venues in the world and a Bay Area staple.

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