1977 - Jane Yii started out giving solo performances at Mad Monk's Inn in Gainesville Florida.
1978 - This was followed by performances with Jim Shroka at the Blackbird Cafe and Listening Room.
1979 - Jane begins playing with Nancy Luca's all-girl band, Gossip.
1980 - Jane and Michele Moncrief perform as a duo at Flix Lounge.
1982 - The Jane Yii Band appears in various incarnations including musicians Jack Nettles, Bob McPeek, Bruce Yurman, Mark Blair, Jim Shroka.
1983 - Jane begins working with long-time bass player, Kenny Shore.
1984 - Ska band, Skatterbrainz, iz born. Original members are Jane, Kenny, Mark Blair and Bruce Shepard, and, soon after, Mick Marino.
1985 - Disaster strikes: Jane loses her voice. Rick Kaestner joins Skatterbrainz, as lead singer. Dave Torres takes over as drummer.
1986 - Mayor of Gainesville, Beverly Hill, declares July 7th as Jane Yii Day in recognition of her music on behalf of the Sister City Program. Vocal cord laser surgery is necessary for Jane to get her voice back. A special benefit, Throat Aid, raises the money to pay the bills. Mick Richmond takes up duty as lead singer for Skatterbrainz.
1988 - Lots of personnel changes in Skatterbrainz, which eventualy disbands this year.
1989 - Jane returns to music, working with bass guitaist, Richard Basil.
1990 - Jane, together with Cecily Paige, forms the band, Dembones. The band features Cecily on vocals, Jane on vocals and rhythm guitar, Mick Marino on lead guitar, Richard Basil on bass, Bruce Shepard on sax, and Dave Torres on drums.
1991 - Jane and Cecily are performing as a duo under the name CecilyJane. They record and release the Ancient Bead album. Backing them up on the album is Billy Bowker and Bill Hutchinson on drums, Richard Basil on bass, Tracy Collins on keyboards, Bob McPeek on guitar, Bruce Shepard on saxophone. The recording is done at Mirror Image Studios. Bob McPeek is producing and engineering. The ten song album is released on cassette.
1992 - The Mountainside EP is recorded in Pro Media Studios, Gainesville, with David Smadbeck on keyboards, David Cooke on pedal steel guitar, Richard Basil and Kenny Shore on bass, and Jane and Chas Scales on guitars. Mark Pinsky (Frank Zappa, London Sympony Orchestra) is engineering and Jane, David and Mark are producing. This five song album is released on cassette..
1993 - The tracks from the albums of 1991 and 1992 are remastered by Bob Eycleshiemer and released on CD as Dreams of Gold.
1994 - CecilyJane wins the Best Overall Songwriting award at the South Florida Folk Festival, for the songs '54 Chevy and Poppy Seed.
1995 - CecilyJane wins second place for Best New Florida Folksong at the Will McLean Folk Festival, for the song Santa Fe River.
1996 - Jane returns to solo performance, records tracks for Blue Ribbon Highways at Laughing Eagle Ranch in Melrose Florida. Mary Ward collaborates on the lyrics. A solo-acoustic version of the album is released on cassette.
1999 - After a hiatus from the music scene, Jane returns to musical performance, working with bassist Kenny Shore.
2000 - Blue Ribbon Highways is remixed with additional tracks by Jane and Kenny, and released on CD.
2001 - A year of intense activity! Jane's performance at the Downtown Plaza Concert in April is recorded by Pete Theoktisto, and forms the basis of the Downtown album which is released in August. That summer, Jane is also recording the Kiss You Up album Greg Ray, and this album is also released by year's end. Meanwhile, she also completes a collaborative project with Steve Robitaille (filmmaker, Wild Heart of Florida and Wild Alachua), laying tracks and remixing Gravity's Rainbow (a private release). As if this were not enough, she writing music during this period for the soundtrack to the film, Wild Heart of Florida.
2002 - Jane completes and records the soundtrack work for the documentary film, Wild Heart of Florida, which is released and wins an Emmy (as did the first film in the series), as well as an Independent film award. The film is also an award winner and favorite on the Education Channel. Jane does the music also for the third film in the series, Wild Alachua, which premiered at the Hippodrome State Theatre and went on to win two regional Emmy awards. A compilation of Jane's music for the films is privately released as an instrumental album, Wild Heart Florida. Meanwhile, Jane was also working on a long, long, long-awaited Skatterbrainz album. The band put down a lot of tape during those early years, but not always in the best of recording conditions. So, finding recordings of band favorites which featured best performances and also were of suitable acoustic quality was not easy task. Jane mastered the album with the help of her Motu box and studio software.
2003 - Highlights of the year included concert performances at Long Island's Bradstock festival, and at the 2003 Beulahland Music Festival in Harrisburg.
2004-5 - These years were a work in progress.
2006-7 - Jane was on the road a lot--across the country from PA to LA.
2007-now - Jane's travels took her to Vancouver, Washington, where she now resides--still living simply with her two cats.
Jane taught music lessons through TakeLessons.com from 2009 through 2016. She also regularly teaches creative singing to girls, ages 8-12, at the Firstenberg Center, in Vancouver, WA. Watch on YouTube. She is a roaming reporter for The Lewis River Review—an "all the good news that's fit to print" monthly Woodland, WA newspaper.
In the Northwest, Jane has performed with longtime Portland based Classic Rock band, The Moonliters, as keyboardist and singer. She also sings tenor in the Lutheran Choral Association, a 70 year old, 160 member choir. The LCA Choir practices all summer and performs during the month of Sept in the Portland and outlying areas. LCA also does one Christmas concert each year at Peace Lutheran Church in Portland.
Personal History. Jane was born in Chester County, Pennsylvania in 1956. Her chinese father, Roland, was a University of Florida Electrical Engineering Professor, and her mother, Myrtle, is a homemaker. Jane grew up in the Amish Country and attended Westtown Friends School. In 1969, her family relocated to North Palm Beach, FL, where Jane attended Junior and Senior High School. She graduated from Choctawhatchee High School in Ft. Walton Beach, FL in 1973, where she was voted Class Poet, and received the I Dare You leadership award. Jane then attended UF School of Music, and the UF Agriculture College. Jane first started playing professionally in Gainesville, Florida in 1977. She has been a floral designer, a nanny, and a cosmetologist to support her music habit. The superb quality of Jane's songwriting and her ability to take the music of others (from Hoyt Axton to Shawn Colvin) and put her own style into it is matched only by her excellent guitar playing. Jane's vast repertoire of songs; reflective, inspiring, positive works, are taken from her own life experiences and those of the world around us. She sings about love, inspired and unrequited, she sings about the wonders of the planet earth and protecting it, she sings about hope and dreams and the secret world within us. She has two beloved cats, and lives as simply as possible—which, for a musician, is not all that simple.