Recently returning from being the keyboardist on Beyonce’s Formation Tour, Victoria Theodore came to Oakland and gave private lessons and 51Oakland master classes to students at Oakland Tech High School and Claremont Middle, which she attended years ago. The students got to learn technique from her, and hear about her career journey and the lessons learned along the way (learn many genres of music, don’t waste your time (TV, social media), practice and practice and practice).
51Oakland Inspirational Speaker Talk: Zion I aka Zumbi came to Fremont High, in the Fruitvale District of East Oakland, to share his music video “Tech $” and talk about gentrification, race, the Bay Area, spirituality, family and values. Very open and honest conversation with the Media Academy. Great way to start the school day.
A Night With 51Oakland: Young Artists Shine at Yoshi’s Jazz Club Special Guests Announced: Kev Choice & Juan Escovedo Oakland student musicians take the stage at Yoshi’s for an incredible night of music OAKLAND — Tuesday evening, January 24, 2017, at 8:00p.m., 51Oakland and Yoshi’s Jazz Club present, A Night with 51Oakland, featuring some of Oakland’s finest student musicians for a night of incredible music. This evening of entertainment will be hosted by Sterling James from KBLX, along with a student Emcee. Student bands performing on January 24th include the Skyline All-Stars, Oakland Future Trio, and Minor F. There will be special surprise guests (professional artists) throughout the night. Students will also help produce the event, gaining experience behind the scenes, as well as with marketing and production. This will allow more students to share in the opportunity and gain valuable skills. Giving Oakland students performance opportunities is one of the missions of the organization. An opportunity to perform at one of the world’s most respected jazz venues can be life-changing. Yoshi Akiba is not only the co-owner of Yoshi’s Jazz Club, but also a co-founder of 51Oakland. Creating opportunities for kids to have access to music education is something near and dear to her heart. Yoshi has expressed her hope that the innovative music and arts programs 51Oakland supports will help to fill some of the gaps created by cuts to education funding, build students’ self-esteem and self-worth, and create positive outcomes by instilling the values of diligence, commitment, and hard work. Details: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 8:00-9:30pm Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland Tickets: $15 http://www.yoshis.com/event/1378998-night-51oakland-oakland/
playing a “Raelette” in the Academy Award nominated movie “Ray”, Renee Wilson visited two schools for 51Oakland’s Inspirational Speaker Series/ Master Class on 12/9/16. First stop, the advanced vocal choir at Skyline High School with teacher Tajma Beverly. Second stop, teacher Cava Menzies’ vocal class at Oakland School for the Arts. Renee shared her career, audition and performance tips, answered student questions and sang for them. Both classes also sang for her which was a real treat.The talented singer and actress, best known for
Scotty Barnhart, soloist and director in the legendary Count Basie Orchestra. Mr. Barnhart spent time in the Edna Brewer Middle school Music Program, first with the 8th graders and then the 6th graders. He shared, encouraged, taught technique, inspired and awed the students. Very special when he played along with the students. Plus he also had a private lesson with 5 trumpet players. He is profiled in the book Trumpet Kings, which places him with the most important Jazz trumpeters in history, from Louis Armstrong to Miles Davis.11.30.16 51Oakland Inspirational Speaker Series with