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Blue Note Hawaii presents YOZA

2 sets: 6:30PM (Doors 5:00PM) & 9:00PM (Doors 8:30PM)

Yoza took to music early, learning the ukelele at age five. By the time she turned 10, she performed with world-renowned ukelele master, Ray Sakuma, as a "Super Keiki." Not being bound by one instrument, she began playing the saxophone at age 12 with her school's symphonic orchestra. Her accomplishments as a saxophonist gained her a full music scholarship to Hawai'i Pacific University. 

In the summer of 2012, Yoza was asked to perform at the Waikiki Shell with Matt Catingub and the Hawai'i Symphony Orchestra. She considered it a huge accomplishment to hear her original music come to life, especially because she didn't have an album out at the time.

In 2013, Yoza released her highly-anticipated debut album, self-titled "Yoza." Yoza was able to get three nominations for her album at the 2014 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards (Hawai'i's version of the GRAMMY® Awards). She took home the award for "R&B Album of the Year."

Yoza met the aquaintance of the very established guitarist, Hanan Rubenstein, whom, while on break from touring with Alicia Keys, agreed to produce an EP consisting of Yoza's fresh new tracks. The EP features a number of established New York musicians, such as Al "Boogie" Carly, Nate Townsley, and Derrik Wright. After a week of recording and mixing in Carriage House Studios, Yoza released her brand new EP, "Prologue," in June 2016.

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