Despite the district’s financial cutbacks, music is still playing in Oakland schools – many of them, anyway. Some middle and high school music directors have managed to squeeze lunchtime jazz clubs or after-school programs into a hectic schedule of chorus, string and concert band, said Westlake Middle School teacher Randy Porter.
If you like jazz and are looking for some recession-friendly entertainment, you might want to head over to the Oakland Technical High School auditorium tomorrow night for the Oakland school district’s 7th Annual Jazz Festival. From 6:30 to 9 p.m., 10 Oakland jazz bands will play — separately, and then together (all 200 musicians), with Javier Navarette, a local Afro-Caribbean percussionist.
Oakland’s music teachers perform at the festival, too. A bunch of them are in a Big Band called “Big O.”
Oakland Tech is in North Oakland, at 4351 Broadway. Admission is free.