20 OUSD students took the stage at Yoshis on Tues 1/24/17 for “A Night with 51Oakland.” From the Oakland School for The Arts, Minor F and Oakland Future Trio (pictured here playing with sax player Ric Alexander) and out of Skyline High, the Skyline R&B Ensemble. The night was emcee’d by Sterling James from KBLX and Edna Brewer Middle school student, Kazeem Elebute. 51oakland is continuing fundraising to give more students this opportunity. Donate here.
One of 51Oakland’s missions is to give student musicians live performance opportunites. We were thrilled on Friday to present Minor F, an Oakland School for the Arts Jazz Quartet, a show at the Bal Theatre, opening for the Pete Escovedo Orchestra with Peter Michael and Juan Escovedo. Not only did they do an amazing job in their set, but Pete invited them to come share the stage with them later in the night. Young musicians getting a chance to shine- and they shine bright!!!!!
One of the missions of 51Oakland is to produce stages that will give student musicians opportunities to showcase their talent. We are excited to bring 25 students to the 51Oakland stage at the Temescal Street Fair on Sunday, June 12th from 12:30-6pm.
The concert is free. Stage at 51st & Telegraph. Come support these musicians with your applause and dancing! Stop by the 51Oakland table for merchandise and bottled water. We hope to see you out.
Special 51Oakland field trip to see the group perform. In addition, the invited students and their teachers will get to watch the band soundcheck and have a special Q & A session.
“An incomparable performer.” – The New York Times
Born in Havana, Pedrito Martinez is one of the most respected “musician’s-musicians” in New York City, sought out by other artists regardless of language or genre for recording sessions, or just to discreetly take-in an evening of percussion mastery, from intimate venues to the city’s most revered performance spaces such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. In the past 12 years he has played on more than 100 albums. As a bandleader, Martinez has developed a captivating sound steeped in Afro-Cuban rumba and Santeria’s bata beats and chants, but also informed by Northern American rhythmic currents, an approach the New York Times described as “complex blenderized African-to-the-New-World Funk.”