Eastside Arts Alliance presents the 12th Annual Malcolm X JazzArts Festival – Saturday, May 19

Eastside Arts Alliance presents the 12th Annual Malcolm X JazzArts Festival on Sat., May 19, 2012 (11am – 7pm), San Antonio Park, Oakland, CA

Line Up and Bios

Jazz Main Stage

12:00 Daria Nile Trio
2:00 Avotcja and Modupue
4:00 A Tribute to Billy Bang – an all star String Summit featuring Michael White*,
India Cooke, Kash Killion, Tarika Lewis, Sandy Poindexter, Muziki Duane Roberson,
and Eric Hunt
6:00 Kev Choice Ensemble

Daria Nile – Jazz vocalist influenced by Billie Holiday, Billy Eckstein, Abbey Lincoln, Frank Sinatra and Fats Waller, Daria was born in New York City and brought up in the Fillmore with the Upper Room crew of artists and artists mentored by the late Rafik Bilal. http://www.facebook.com/dnile1

Avotcja and Modupue – Poet and Percussionist Avotcja has been leading a big band for decades. Her big band – Modupue plays the music of the African Diaspora – blending African, Caribbean, and Spanish rhythms to create a syncopated jazz experience that permeates your whole being. www.Avotcja.org

Tribute to Billy Bang featuring violinist Michael White. Billy Bang, avant guard jazz violinist passed last year. Billy was a true friend of EastSide Arts Alliance and the Malcolm X JazzArts Festival. His fiery violin brought together jazz and social commentary. In that tradition Michael White is one of the most innovative musicians of our time. He has played with John Coltrane, Sun Ra, and Pharaoh Sanders. He will be joined at the Malcolm X JazzArts Festival with vocalist Leisei Chen and a mighty string section from the Bay Area – Violinists India Cooke, Tarika Lewis, and Sandy Poindexter. Cellist Kash Killion, bassist Michael Nash, pianist Muxiki Roberson and drummer Eric Hunt complete the band. http://www.michaelwhitequintet.fourfour.com/

Kev Choice Ensemble – One of the new young lions of jazz, pianist Kev Choice came up under the tutelage of the recently passed Khalil Shaheed’s Oaktown Jazz Workshop. His ensemble features some of the very best young jazz artists in the Bay and represents the promising future for the music. http://www.facebook.com/KevChoiceMusic?v=info

Katherine Dunham Dance Stage
Dimensions Dance Theater, whose work reflects the historical experiences and contemporary lives of African Americans,
Awe Ohum Omnira
Aguacero, Afro-Puerto Rican Drum, Song and Dance

Javad Jahi Soapbox Stage
Community activists speak out! The latest news on the prison industrial complex, gang injunctions, Africa & the Middle East, youth organizing, immigration, education, and more. Live painting by Black Diamonds Shining.

DREAM Courts
This area features dancers, poets, mc’s, vocalists, djs, and live music.
Nu Dekades, Los Rakas, Young Gifted & Black, Kurse Krew, Turfin 24/7, Shaolin Luohan Kung Fu

Graf Court will hold an all-city graffiti battle throughout the day.

For more information about the 12th Annual Malcolm X JazzArts Festival, please contact EastSide Arts Alliance at 510-533-6629 or visit www.eastsideartsalliance.org.

Elena Serrano
EastSide Cultural Center
2277 International Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94606

mailing address:
PO Box 17008
Oakland, CA 94601

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