Frédéric Yonnet With Special Guest Dave Chappelle: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

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July 9, 2018 | Abby O'Neill -- When Dave Chappelle jumped on to the mic to introduce harmonica player Frédéric Yonnet and The Band With No Name, it was clear this would be a special Tiny Desk. Chappelle and Yonnet's decade-long friendship started when Chappelle invited the French musician to play his Block Party tour in 2006. Yonnet later became the musical host of Dave Chappelle's Juke Joint, a series of intimate parties featuring Yonnet, The Band With No Name, and an all-star cast of unannounced musicians and actors. Yonnet (pronounced YAH-nay) kicked off the Tiny Desk concert with a mélange of New Orleans jazz and funk. From the moment the NPR staff first heard his pocket-sized harmonica, you could feel the electricity in the room. There are virtually no limitations to this instrument in the hands of Yonnet, who is famous for his ability to play chromatic notes on a diatonic harmonica. It's one of the reasons he's toured with Stevie Wonder, Prince, Erykah Badu and Ed Sheeran. During Chappelle's introduction, he told the crowd about how Yonnet met Wonder at the Grammys and was asked to hop on the Songs In the Key of Life tour. "He's so good at playing harmonica that another man good at harmonica hired him," Chappelle joked. Yonnet and his Band With No Name were right in the pocket with original funky numbers "Four20" and "FRéEDlosophy," both of which will appear on his upcoming album, Reed My Lips. Chappelle's desire to hear some of that "Mississippi Delta blues" prompted "No Smokin' Blues," which gave guitarist Robbie McDonald, saxophonist Matthew Rippetoe, trumpet player Joe Herrera and keyboardist Daryl Hunt a chance to shine. After his friend's Tiny Desk concert ended, Chappelle spent an hour touring the NPR newsroom, where he mimicked NPR's newscasters and teased them with genuine affection. It was a great respite from the daily news cycle. Set List "Four20" "FRéEDlosophy" "No Smokin' Blues" Musicians Frédéric Yonnet (Harmonica), Dennis Turner (Bass), Robbie McDonald (Guitar), Christopher Bynum (Drums), Daryl Hunt (Keyboardist), Joe Herrera (Trumpet), Matthew Rippetoe (Trumpet, Sax) Credits Producers: Abby O'Neill, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Beck Harlan, CJ Riculan, Khun Minn Ohn; Production Assistants: Catherine Zhang, Téa Mottolese; Photo: Claire Harbage/NPR.

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CL : Dave Chapelle has to have the most diverse phone contact list in the world lol

Farid Alejandro Figueroa Garcia : Well apparently you can do all that with a harmonica.

Jason Harris : i was not ready for the pocket to be that damn funky.

Messiah Black : Notice Dave DID NOT have his cellphone out recording...See, he practices what he preaches lol...

KalElKryptonsFinest : A part of me feels guilty because I shouldn't be able to get this for free.

CorrectVision3 : This guy performed with Prince and toured with stevie wonder..thats all that needed to be said in order for me to watch this.

Reggie Williams Jr. : Yo!! This dude is nasty with the harmonica forreal!!!

Buddy Cooper : As always the tiny desk offers the best audio/visual with the best of the best players. Thank you, sound and video engineers.

The Infamous Poke In RichmondCA 94804 : So I just started my Monday to this. I never had any idea that a harmonica could give me so much life. I am ready to fight Thanos.

Miss O.P. : Can Dave Chappelle just host... EVErything. Amy Poler, Tina Faye, Maya Rudolph, tiffany haddish and Dave Chapelle should just get all the hosting job. Make this world a better place.

👑 King Kelz 👑 : Dave asked for 'sweltering heat, I don't get paid enough blues' and them boys more than delivered. Truly impeccable.

John Coursey : He's a killer harp player but damn that band is perfect for it.

Carl Bowden : Man, that six string bass is a gorgeous piece of weaponry!!

Africano Sabroso : Its 420 somewhere.

Chenoa : Fantastic. I have never heard a harmonica played like that :O. And I loved the tiny, beautiful child in the back, just taking it all in :). Wonder what he'll grow up to be...

An Arbitrary Miscellany : Damn... what an amazing harp player! But holy hell what a band... so TIGHT! The drummer's groove is just immense.

SHEA FACE : Love how NPR has a great abundance of bringing people together. Frederic is incredible! and Dave is blessed to interact with all shades of talent.

Mauricio Mauriciomsk : You know the music is good when there is a kid on the band's corner and you only notice him the third time you played the video.

Miss O.P. : This is so damn charming. I don't know what to do with myself but dance it out.

ANTOINE COSTON : That's how you lead a band

Miss O.P. : 8th time watching this. My god, I gotta get this guys vinyl. Also, can chance the rapper or Kendrick Lamar call Yonnet up and work with him please?????? make something different and out of the box.

Miss O.P. : damn, that harmonica got so much soul.

Rickie Sanders : That kid in the back the real star of the show 👍✌

YT Jam Tracks : Whaaat?! This is awesome. Dave looks extra baked ha

nataskaos : Uh....why do I love this? Who knew that the harmonica could be so gangster?

Nikki A : As someone who grew up on Mississippi Delta Blues smack dab in the middle of the Delta- best TD concert! Dave Chappelle is hilarious- love his dance breakdown in the second song! Lol!!

Dolce Dolente : Damn. He's the Coltrane/Hendrix of harmonica.

Manny Freshhhhh : Well damn!!!! 🤔 #Four20 🤙🏿💪🏿 #Respect to the bassist and drummer, kept this groovy from start to finish✊🏿

TheAsianLoner : wtf has there ever been a shot other than the corner until today?

LaTonia Wade : Why am I just NOW hearing about him?!

NEMusic : This is truly the best performance I've actually seen in a while, my only slight sadness is not getting a bass and drum solo. Otherwise, I'm utterly blown away.

Dopeness LIGHT : He ain't playing that harmonica, his whole SOUL is playing the SugarHoneyIceTea outta that there harmonica sheeeesh

Andrew James Carlisle : I didn't know this kind of sound was possible. Tremendous.

Zera Today Dr. Lorenzo Neal : This is by far one of the best ones I've seen on here! Dude and his band with no name are AMAZING!

Peter DeMaio : This harmonica is insane, but his horn section looks lost. Dude check his phone right before being introduced LOL

Frank Akwetey : Dave Chappelle!!!! 🤩

pieceofvibe : I'm a guitar player, blues mostly, and this guy has inspired me to pick up my harmonica again. Mouth harp music revival!... Sounds great (and that child in back is so precious)

Sandra Scheffer : Wow, now that was f**king awesome! Great band!

Josh Kunjumon : That's how I imagine Paul Rudd plays the guitar 8:10

arlingtonguy54 : That band! Tight.

Ruckus Askani : Dennis!!!! That bass sounds gooood sir

ddsq2 : For the love of God someone put this on Spotify

brokenupsound : You guys engineer the sound wonderfully for every concert, but can’t adjust the thermostat. haha

Adam Sherwood : Whoa! This is amazing. They might even start dancing in the barbershop.

SUGA SWEET : I wasn't expecting this y'all........got me grooving💃💃💃💃💃💃

Thomas Moll : It is so much fun listening and watching to Frédéric and his band. And the audience had so much fun as I had watching the video. Cheers :)

Aaron : Wow! I tuned in when I seen Dave's name but Yonnet!!

Jeff Hoon : You start out watching because of Chappelle but you end up watching because of the rediculous blues song at the end. Holy hell this band is good. Full forearm tat harmonica? Yup. Great great music!!

Andreas : Dave chapelle with some nasty dance moves 🤭😂