George Cables- piano, John Handy- alto saxophone, Ravi Abcarian- bass and OJW Alumna Savanna Harris- drums at Oaktown Jazz Workshops’ Benefit Concert honoring Khalil Shaheed at Yoshi’s Oakland. Photo by Grason Littles

Performance is not only an essential component of our students’ training but is our principal vehicle for developing an appreciation of jazz among members of the community at large.

The most experienced of OJW students frequently perform at concerts, festivals and other community events. The Oaktown Jazz Workshops Performance Ensemble is featured at events such as, Oakland’s Art & Soul Festival, The Oakland Symphony’s Independence Day Celebration at Craneway Pavillion and, “In the Name of Love” a musical tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Oakland Scottish Rite Center.

Oaktown Jazz Workshops regularly produces family-friendly matinee concerts featuring local musicians, regional performers and national acts.

Check out our Concert Calendar!

Audience members applaud musicians at at OJW’s concert hall in Jack London Square. Photo by Grason Littles

OJW’s past productions include; Portfest World Music and Jazz Festival (2005 & 2007), Friday Night Fish Fry Concert Series at Sweet’s Ballroom (2004), The Groove Mobile Concert Series (1996 to 2002), Youth Jazz Festival at Woodminster Ampitheater (2000), which included performers Billy Higgins Quintet (featuring Harold Land), Ledisi, John Handy, Ed Kelly, John Santos and Omar Sosa.