On Sunday, January 19th, celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with an evening of jazz at “In the Name of Love.” Organized by veteran Oakland nonprofit Living Jazz, “In the Name of Love” now enters its 12th year of honoring Dr. King through an annual community-bridging musical tribute.
The night’s dazzling program features:
Martin Luther McCoy, Bay Area native and powerful R&B singer. You may recognize Martin Luther from the film “Across the Universe,” where he played Jojo and performed a stirring cover of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” or from collaborations with the Roots and Cody Chesnutt.
The Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra, featuring the Dynamic Miss Faye Carol, will premiere a new body of work commissioned by the East Bay Community Foundation. Soul singer Miss Faye Carol has been performing since the ‘60s, collaborating with the likes of Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles, and Albert King. An accomplished jazz bassist, Marcus Shelby has won numerous awards, conducted for the Count Basie Orchestra, and recorded with Tom Waits.
The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, directed by Terrance Kelly. A longtime Bay Area favorite, the 55-voice Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir tours internationally, were featured on three Grammy-winning albums, and have performed for notable world leaders (Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, Mikhail Gorbachev).
The Oakland Children’s Community Choir, directed by Melanie DeMore and backed by Oaktown Jazz Workshops. A project of Living Jazz, The Oakland Children’s Community Choir provides free musical instruction to 430 children who have little to no access to the arts through school.
In addition, archival footage of Dr. King will be screened, and Mayor Jean Quan will present the Oakland Citizen Humanitarian Award to an Oaklander who has worked tirelessly to make a difference.
WHEN: Sunday, January 19th, at 7pm.
WHERE: The Oakland Scottish Rite Center. 1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland. Wheelchair accessible.
TICKETS: $23 for adults and $8 for children twelve and under, available for purchase at www.mlktribute.com. Additional tickets will be sold at the door, based on availability and priced at $25.
FOR MORE INFO: Call 510-287-8880 or visit www.mlktribute.com