The Oakland Jazz Choir will perform at 2pm on Sunday, July 14 at the Livermore Public Library Civic Center, 1188 S. Livermore Avenue, as part of Jazz in July, a month-long series of free jazz events. There is no charge for this program.
The Oakland Jazz Choir is a talented group of dedicated singers from diverse backgrounds that have joined voices to take part in a new genre of vocal jazz. The use of 15 skilled, dynamic singers in a jazz choral setting provides a unique opportunity to deliver and innovative sound – exquisite harmonies and rhythms distinct to jazz, expressed by the power and finesse of so many human voices. The group sings traditional and contemporary jazz with exciting original arrangements. Paying homage to the cultural roots of jazz, OJC’s repertoire also includes blues, gospel, Latin and Brazilian music.
Through research, education, collaboration, outreach and performances in a wide variety of settings, OJC carries out their mission of preserving one of the most inspiring and inspired American art forms – Jazz music. OJC performs throughout the year at a wide variety of venues including Yoshi’s, The Great American Music Hall, SF Jazz Festival, Tahoe Summer Music Festival, Oakland’s Art and Soul Festival, and many others. They also donate their time to various benefit organizations in the area.
The Oakland Jazz Choir has collaborated and performed with notable artists such as the great jazz vocalists Mark Murphy, Marlena Shaw and Madeline Eastman; fabulous blues singers Faye Carol and Brenda Boykin; the inspirational gospel singer and director Terrance Kelly; talented Bay Area arranger Greg Murai; and the innovative Keith Terry and his group Crosspulse. Dave Becker of the Oakland Tribune calls them “…a local treasure…”
The Friends of the Livermore Library have generously underwritten this program as part of the Jazz in July series.