Jazz Encounters
Oaktown Jazz Workshops gives young musicians the opportunity to strengthen their connection to this music by holding clinics with world-class touring jazz musicians. The artists graciously donate their time to work with young musicians from the area and these clinics have historically been produced in collaboration with Yoshi’s Jazz House.

The format changes from artist to artist ranging from lecture/demonstrations to hands-on jam sessions. Some of the artists who have donated their time are;

Terence Blanchard
Michael Brecker
George Cables
Art Farmer
Sonny Fortune
Roy Hargrove
Billy Harper
Winard Harper
Gene Harris
Billy Higgins
Dave Holland
Ali Jackson
Javon Jackson
Sean Jones
Bryan Lynch
Branford Marsalis
Ellis Marsalis
Jason Marsalis
Les McCann
Charles McNeal
Charnett Moffett
Frank Morgan
Nicholas Payton
Arturo Sandoval
John Santos
Christian Scott Atunde Adjuah
Steve Turre
Phil Woods
Joe Zawinul

The Lionel Hampton Big Band featuring Jason Marsalis met with young musicians at Oaktown Jazz® for a workshop before performing at Yoshi’s Jazz Club.

Ali Jackson demonstrates different grooves, feels and styles at Oaktown Jazz Workshops.

Jazz in the Schools

Formed in 1998, OJW’s Jazz in the Schools program presents concerts and presentations at public schools throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. In a 45 minute session the artists perform and talk about the history of jazz, famous musicians and tips on how to listen to and appreciate jazz with an emphasis on involving students in the discussion.

In 2012 OJW formed an ongoing partnership with the Berkeley Unified School District to bring OJW instructors into middle school jazz band classes to lead sectionals and conduct clinics. In the 2016/2017 academic year OJW will present concerts at Edna Brewer Middle School and Montera Middle School in Oakland.