Tomorrow, a free night of jazz

photo courtesy of Eric Swihart

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.

Katy Murphy

Education reporter for the Oakland Tribune. Contact me at kmurphy@bayareanewsgroup.com.

  • Chris Dobbins

    This was a great event last night. It is tremendous to see how many students are involved in jazz in OUSD. Thanks again to Mr. Rydeen for organizing the event, Mr. Byrd (a fellow Skyline Titan) and Oakland Tech for hosting the event and all of the Principals, Teachers, Parents, and Students for participating and supporting the event. I am looking forward to the orchestra event on March 12. Thanks again!