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The Oaktown Jazz Workshops at Jack London Square have been cultivating and training young talent for three decades now.
Recent alumni of the program come to Bird & Beckett on Sunday, October 2nd at 5pm to perform as the Oaktown Jazz Workshops’ Youth Mentors.
At right, OJW Youth Mentors
Jordon Dabney – tenor saxophone
Maximilian Ehrhardt – trumpet
Anthony Mills-Branch – bass
Pepe Tekpa – drums
This quartet shows how early training, talent, intense study and a strong community-based environment like the OJW can combine to produce the next generation of jazz giants.
Oaktown Jazz Workshops employs a cascading mentorship model, where â€œnear-peersâ€ comprised of OJW alumni serve as inspiring Youth Mentors for the incoming, younger musicians.Â Visit the Oaktown Jazz Workshops website at this link.
Once the quartet has shown you the polish and poise that comes of an OJW schooling, we’ll bring up a trio of seasoned jazz veterans led by pianist Keith Saunders, with Michael Zisman on bass and Tony Johnson on drums, to conduct a jam session for all comers, tailored especially to student musicians.
The 1st Sundays “Tomorrow’s Jazz Today”
Student Showcase/Jam Session series
at Bird & Beckett
is co-presented by the
Independent Musicians Alliance
Building a better future for jazz
as a profession in the Bay Area through
solidarity, advocacy and action.
Join up and be heard!
Our events are put on under the umbrella of the nonprofit Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project (the "BBCLP"). That's how we fund our ambitious schedule of 300 or so concerts and literary events every year.
The BBCLP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit...
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The IMA can be a conduit for you, if you join in to make it work.
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