Sunday, December 31, 2006
2277 INTERNATIONAL BLVD
9pm - 2am
DAVID MURRAY & THE FREEDOM NOW BAND
Celebrating a year of struggle, growth & Imagination And
Celebrating the 70th Birthday of former Chairman of the Black Panther Party Bobby Seale
The Freedom Now Band features:
David Murray - tenor saxophone and bass clarinet, Howard Wiley - saxophone, Geechi - trumpet, Muziki - piano. Ranzel Merritt - drums, Mingus Murray - electric guitar, Dennis Smith - electric bass
Guest Performances by Ishmael Reed, Ntozake Shange, Traci Bartlow, Marcel Diallo, and Dohee Lee.
Opening drum ceremony by Tacuma King and drummers.
The Freedom Now! Band, in the spirit of Max Roach and Abbey Lincoln’s monumental recording “Freedom Now Suite” , calls forth the spirits of change to conjure up a new day of politically conscious art and culture . The opening of a new cultural center in the heart of Oakland is a significant step in this direction.
Finally, after several years of planning and preparation, the new EastSide Cultural Center is opening in the San Antonio neighborhood of East Oakland. EastSide Arts Alliance (ESAA) will continue its grassroots programs in the renovated and expanded space with music concerts, dance, theater, poetry, video screenings, town halls, forums, hands-on art making and ongoing youth workshops.
The Grand Opening of the EastSide Cultural Center will be a New Year’s Eve gala featuring a the debut of a new jazz and funk band led by jazz saxophonist great David Murray. The December 31st evening will also celebrate the 70th birthday of former Black Panther chairman Bobby Seale, an active ESAA Advisory Board member. Bay Area native DAVID MURRAY is widely recognized as one of the most innovative and prolific jazz musicians in the world today. (He now resides in Paris).
The 70th birthday of former Black Panther Chairman, BOBBY SEALE, is also a very significant occasion for ESAA. Seale has consistently worked to empower and lead a movement for justice and self-determination. Recently returned to the Bay Area he has been working actively as a member of ESAA’s Advisory Board, connecting the struggles and lessons learned to the current state of the movement. We are honored to acknowledge the long history of this tireless activist.
Come help ESAA bring the music back to its roots!
Check out David Murray and Bobby Seale on DECEMBER 31and celebrate a new beginning!