In The Name of Love, the 16th Annual Musical Tribute Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Living Jazz will present “In the Name of Love”, The 16th Annual Musical Tribute honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The theme of our 16th Annual Tribute is entitled “Songs of Change”. We are highlighting five outstanding vocalists: Nicolas Bearde, Kim Nalley, Tiffany Austin, Amikaelyla Gaston, and Jessica Lá Rel along with an exciting backup band including Tammy Hall, piano; Marcus Shelby, bass; Allison Miller on drums; Terrence Brewer on guitar; Adam Theis on horns
These outstanding musicians have each individually made a tremendous impact on the Bay Area cultural scene, and the 2018 program will bring them together onto the stage for the first time to celebrate the teachings of the great Dr. King, to inspire hope and to utilize the power of music as a positive agent for social change.
The tribute will also include the 65-voice Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir; and the 200-voice Living Jazz Children’s Project backed up by Oakland School for the Arts Ensemble under the direction of Dave Ellis. Archival footage of Dr. King’s will be interspersed throughout the evening, and the Oakland Citizen Humanitarian Award will be presented to an outstanding Oakland citizen. All these elements help to make this one of Oakland's most significant events of the year. All proceeds from the 16th Annual Tribute will support the Living Jazz Children’s Project 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.
In the Name of Love remains Oakland’s only annual non-denominational musical tribute to Dr. King. It is an extremely significant civic and cultural event, bringing our diverse community together to pay tribute to Dr. King’s message of community, equality and inclusion and to highlight the power and significance of music and music education.