PADC Jazz Nite Benefit feat. Mingus Amungus and Together We Slam – Tickets – Yoshi’s Oakland – Oakland, CA – April 30th, 2015

PADC Jazz Nite Benefit feat. Mingus Amungus and Together We Slam

PADC Jazz Nite Benefit feat. Mingus Amungus and Together We Slam

Thu 4.30

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Yoshi's Oakland

Oakland, CA

$20.00 - $25.00

Piedmont Appreciating Diversity Committee feat. Mingus Amungus
Piedmont Appreciating Diversity Committee feat. Mingus Amungus
Featuring Mingus Amungus and Together We Slam. Opening sounds provided by Mike Rufo and Far I Shields.

Join us for a night of music, spoken word and visual arts as students from Piedmont collaborate with Bay Area favorite Mingus Amungus for a night of creative exploration and celebration. Collectively the performers and artists will be sharing their creative exploration centered around the essence of the human condition, in appreciation of the melange of perspectives that weave the fabric of humanity.

The event is produced and sponsored by the Piedmont Appreciating Diversity Committee (PADC) and proceeds will benefit PADC’s Grants program. The PADC grants program typically awards between $8,000 and $10,000 a year to fund educational projects that support and promote diversity and inclusiveness in our schools and community.

Together We Slam is a talented and thought provoking group of slam poets from Piedmont’s Middle School and two High Schools. TWS performed at our recent MLK Day celebration, and we're thrilled to be collaborating with them once again.

About Mingus Amungus
Charles Mingus is one of the most difficult players and composers of the bop and post-bop era to define. His complex rhythms and tempos made him a stand-out artist within the jazz genre. His thematic compositions, were often inspired by political events and/or people, such as "Fables of Faubus," named after Orval E. Faubus, Governor of Arkansas who, in 1957, deployed the National Guard to prevent a few black children from entering Little Rock's Central High School. His music covered a wide range of styles, from his earliest work with Louis Armstrong to his later free-form orchestral compositions.

Musically, Mingus never played it safe. His artistic intent was to create an immediate emotional statement through what he created. While he relied on the individual strength of his players, he would always inspire and channel their creative energies toward collective expression. Similarly, with the individual strengths of his players in mind, Miles Perkins brings Mingus' musical philosophy into the the new millennium with Mingus Amungus. Musically, he too, like Mingus, never plays it safe. The all-star seven piece band weaves its way through Mingus' intricate charts with hard-hitting be-bop, funk and classical. The band then sprinkles San Francisco's native Hip-Hop Jazz flavor into the mix with a variety of lyricists, thereby bringing Mingus' work into the contemporary age.

Recognized with a 1997 BAMMIE award for Most Outstanding Jazz Club Band, Mingus Amungus is a noted festival favorite and a must-see act.

Mike Rufo and Far I Shields will open our event with a few acoustic songs.
Venue Information:
Yoshi's Oakland
510 Embarcadero West
Oakland, CA, 94607
http://www.yoshis.com/