Stevie Wonder’s “Songs in the Key of Life” (SITKOL) Performance Tour is making big news around the country and often the shine is reflected on the amazing musicianship of Stevie and his band. Below are a few articles that mention Frédéric Yonnet.
“Stevie kept us on our feet as he belted out favorites such as “I Wish,” “Superstition” and one of my all-time favorite, “Sir Duke.” His backup singers were amazing, and harmonica player Frederic Yonnet, who accompanied Wonder throughout the evening, didn’t miss a beat.
Speaking of Yonnet…those who attended Friendship Missionary Baptist Church the next day enjoyed a special surprise when Yonnet, a guest of Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mel Watt, stopped by and added a creative touch to the hymn “Amazing Grace.” Praise the Lord, ’cause the brother tore it up.”
“Harmonica player Frederic Yonnet performs Monday at Charlottesville High School during a workshop with other members of Stevie Wonder’s band and several CHS students. Stevie Wonder is set to play Tuesday at the John Paul Jones Arena.” -The Daily Progress
“5) The band. He’s touring with a massive ensemble and six backup singers, which means he should be able to reproduce almost any sound he wants us to hear. In Washington, D.C., a reviewer noted the addition of “French musician Frederic Yonnet, perhaps the only man able to match Wonder on harmonica.” Where else will you see dueling mouth harps?” – Lawrence Toppman, The Charlotte Observer
“The harmonica was given special treatment on the instrumental “Easy Goin’ Evening (My Mama’s Call),” with Wonder and Yonnet joined by a saxophonist to set a remarkably languid mood; just one moment among many where minor parts of the album were revealed to possess unanticipated depth.” – Jim Caligiuri, The Austin Chronicle
6 observations from Stevie Wonder’s ‘Songs in the Key of Life’ performance at Verizon Center on Oct. 3, 2015
#3. He loves his big band …
He also brought out several guests, including French musician Frederic Yonnet, perhaps the only man able to match Wonder on harmonica, and soul singer Jonathan Butler, who performed a bit of his own “Falling in Love With Jesus” before duetting with Wonder on the crowd-pleaser ‘As.'” – Rudi Greenburg, Washington Post
Stevie Wonder’s night out in New Orleans, enjoying his band and all-star, local lineup at Sweet Lorraine’s
“Yonnet, who crackles with energy, is also a veteran of Prince’s band: that training could easily have prepared him to keep it going all night.” – Alison Fensterstock, NOLA.com &The Times-Picayune