The Rising Star

From Then to Now

Influenced at an early age by the "straight" jazz piano style of Les McCann and Ramsey Lewis, Yancie was caught by the sweet tones of the vibraphone during the Latin "craze" of the 1960s. He attributes his deepest influence to the masters: Milt Jackson, Bobby Hutcherson, and Cal Tjader.

As a product of the Oakland jazz scene Yancie has entertained many Bay Area audiences for more than four decades.  For the last seventeen years Yancie has entertained his jazz fans every Sunday night at Oakland's popular Fifth Amendment.  As a part time resident of Sonoma County Yancie also performs regularly at Guerneville’s Main Street Station as well as across the larger North Bay wirh its many festivals and winery  events.  In the context of such regional events Yancie has co-starred with major Jazz giants, such as, Pharaoh Sanders and John Handy

Since 1992 Yancie’s unique vibraphone sound and driving percussive style has become cherished by an ever growing international audience. In 1994 Yancie traveled across the Pacific to perform with another Jazz giant, Paul Jackson in Tokyo. Having repeatedly performed and having made many new musical friends in France, Holland and Germany Yancie is currently planning his next European tour