Living Jazz will present the 13th Annual Musical Tribute honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “In the Name of Love,” on Sunday, Jan. 18, 7 p.m., at the Oakland Scottish Rite Center, 1547 Lakeside Dr. in Oakland.
The tribute will celebrate “Creative Achievements of Bay Area African American Female Musicians” highlighting 4 outstanding female vocalists: Linda Tillery, The Dynamic Ms. Faye Carol, Melanie DeMore, and gina Breedlove, along with an exciting all-female backup band including Tammy Hall on piano, Kofy Brown on bass and Ruthie Price on drums.
This year’s program will bring them together on stage for the first time to honor their achievements and to provide a platform for an exciting and creative experience meant to inspire hope, celebrate Oakland’s cultural history and highlight the power of music to spur positive change.
Dana King will be mistress of ceremonies and Mayor Libby Schaaf will present the Oakland Citizen Humanitarian Award to Regina Jackson, president and CEO of the East Oakland Youth Development Center (EOYDC).
The program will include performances by the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, led by Terrance Kelly, and the Oakland Children’s Community Choir backed up by Oaktown Jazz Workshops.
This promises to be a profound celebration of civil rights and an amazing evening of music.
All proceeds from the 13th Annual Tribute will support the Oakland Children’s Community Choir, a free music education program provided by Living Jazz for Oakland public elementary schools with little or no access to the arts. Living Jazz believes that access to music education is a profound and necessary component of every child’s education and development.
Tickets are $23 for adults, and $8 for children 12 and under. For tickets, visit www.mlktribute.com or call (510) 287-8880.
“In the Name of Love” has been made possible through the generosity of City of Oakland Cultural Funding Program; William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; Walter and Elise Haas Fund; National Endowment for the Arts; California Arts Council; Alameda County Arts Commission; Clorox Company Foundation; Thomas J. Long Foundation; Zellerbach Family Foundation; See’s Candies; Mechanics Bank; BART; Oakland Tribune; KRON 4; and KBLX.