ABOUT

IN THE NAME OF LOVE
THE 17th Annual Musical Tribute
honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“RHYTHM AND BLUES AND THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT”

Sunday, January 20th, 2019, 7pm- Oakland Scottish Rite Center

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Featuring vocalists:

Jeanie Tracy, Kev Choice, Ms. Faye Carol, Terrie Odabi, Alvon Johnson
with Kev Choice, piano; Scott Thompson, bass; Daria Johnson, drums; Alvon Johnson, guitar

Mistress of Ceremonies- Konda Mason - Co-Founder and CEO of Impact Hub Oakland

Oakland Citizen Humanitarian Award awarded to an outstanding Oakland citizen
 
“IN THE NAME OF LOVE”, THE ANNUAL MUSICAL TRIBUTE HONORING DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. 
is an extensive civic and cultural event bringing our diverse community together to honor, through music, the inspirational teachings of the great Dr. King. Now in its 17th season, “In the Name of Love” remains Oakland’s only non-denominational musical tribute to Dr. King. The event showcases locally and internationally known performing artists, children from our Oakland public elementary schools, archival footage of Dr. King, and the presentation of the “Oakland Citizen Humanitarian Award” presented to an Oakland citizen working tirelessly to make a difference..

Performers have included such notable artists as Mavis StaplesJennifer HollidayLedisiGoapele, the Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra, the Gospel Hummingbirds, and many others. 

The MLK Tribute also serves as the final showcase for the Living Jazz Children's Project, a free music education program that Living Jazz provides completely free of charge to Title One Oakland public elementary schools. Serving 300 2nd-3rd graders under the musical direction of Terrence Kelly and Bryan Dyer and accompanists Ben Heveroh and Adam Rogers, the LJCP opens the show with material written exclusively for this event. The 55-voice Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, under the musical direction of Terrance Kelly, follows with a soulfully stirring set of spirituals and gospel tunes. 

“In the Name of Love” has cultivated partnerships with local musicians and arts organizations, social justice activists, religious and political leaders, public school educators and students, the business community, and others. It was developed in direct response to a need in the Oakland community for a musical celebration that brought the community together to honor one of history’s most important African American civil rights leaders.  

All proceeds benefit the Living Jazz Children's Project.

An overview of the 15th Annual MLK Tribute, featuring performances by The Living Jazz Children's Project, Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, Kenny Washington, Terrie Odabi, Will Russ, Jr., Destani Wolf, Luq Frank with Tammy Hall, piano; Marcus Shelby, bass; Sly Randolph, drums; John Santos, percussion; Teo Avery, sax.

2015 Annual Musical Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr., Celebrating Creative Achievements of Bay Area African American Female Musicians. Featuring Ms. Faye Carol, Linda Tillery, gina Breedlove, Melanie DeMore.

In The Name of Love: The Annual Musical Tribute Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., A Living Jazz Program 2014 tribute featuring: Martin Luther McCoy Marcus Shelby Orchestra, featuring Ms. Faye Carol Premiering a new commission supported by EBCF Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, Terrance Kelly, Director Oakland Children's Community Choir, Melanie DeMore, Director Backed up by Oaktown Jazz Workshops Nikki Thomas, KBLX- Emcee