Northgate High School – Tickets – Yoshi’s Oakland – Oakland, CA – May 14th, 2018

Northgate High School

Northgate High School

Mon 5.14

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

Yoshi's Oakland

Oakland, CA


Northgate High School
Northgate High School
These two outstanding jazz bands from Walnut Creek are directed by Greg Brown, CMEA Outstanding Jazz Educator Award Winner 2013–2014.

Jazz Band I, winner of the Next Generation Jazz Festival in Monterey in 2014, 2015 and 2016—and finalist for the past 10 years—performed in back-to-back appearances at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 2014, 2015 and 2016. This advanced group is also CAJ State Champion HS Jazz Band 2014 and 2016. They won their division at the Folsom Jazz Festival in 2017, and they have been the top-scoring group at every festival they attended for the past twelve months. The band was privileged to work this year in clinics with Francisco Torres, Edgardo Cambón, Tamir Hendelman, and Dan Parenti, and they took top honors at the 2017 El Cerrito Jazz Festival to perform on stage with Donny McCaslin.

Jazz Band II enables additional students to perform and develop soloing skills in a rigorous jazz environment. This group has earned many honors and awards at several jazz festivals and competitions. They have also performed in community events with the Big Band of Rossmoor and at the Mt. Diablo Music Education Foundation’s Music Festival.

Accolades for both bands include student awards for outstanding soloists/musicianship, scholarships, and placements in district, county, state, and national honor bands.

Northgate has performed at Yoshi’s in each of the past 12 years and is once again excited to share an evening of jazz with you!

Northgate Instrumental Music website:

photo credit: Scott Haney
video link:

Jazz Band I Takes First Place at NextGen Jazz Festival… FOUR YEARS IN A ROW!

A huge “CONGRATULATIONS!” to Northgate’s Jazz Band I and Instrumental Music Director Greg Brown, who executed their signature “party on the stage” exuberance for a huge, first-place win at the Next Generation Jazz Festival competition last weekend! Jazz Band I has now won NextGen 4 years in a row, which is unsurpassed in the 47-year history of the festival! To use a sports analogy, the NextGen win is equivalent of a somewhat bigger win than a state championship, since bands from all over the country submit audition tapes to participate in the competition. What makes this achievement all the more extraordinary is that only 8 students from last year’s JBI are in the band this year — two thirds of the band is new this year! The grand prize for winning NextGen is that Jazz Band I gets the huge honor of going play at the 60th annual Monterey Jazz Festival this September. Congratulations to Greg Brown and the band!

You can catch the hottest show in high school jazz at our annual gig at Yoshi’s, Monday, May 22 at 7 pm and 9 pm! Order from any Northgate instrumental music student or use this Yoshi’s Ticket Order Form. Order soon — both shows will sell out! You can also check out a video of Jazz Band I’s showcase performance at NextGen on the NIMB Facebook. []
Venue Information:
Yoshi's Oakland
510 Embarcadero West
Oakland, CA, 94607