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Yellowjackets: Timeline

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Yellowjackets’ durability has to hold some kind of record. How many other jazz groups have been together for 30 years, with two players consistently in the mix?

Founding members Russell Ferrante (keyboards) and Jimmy Haslip (bass), saxophonist Bob Mintzer, aboard since 1990, and drummer Will Kennedy, who returned last year after an 11-year break, may be an institution with a signature sound, but their music doesn’t sound institutional. Rather, it’s a distinctive and seamless blend of jazz, R&B, funk, rock, fusion and crossover, bolstered by invigorating soloing and pristine production values.

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