This Oakland Sunday: In the Name of Love, 18th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute

Oakland, CA (press release) — On Sunday, January 19th, Living Jazz, a non-profit, Oakland-based organization, presents In the Name of Love, a civic and cultural event that pays homage through music to Dr. Martin Luther King King, Jr., one of the greatest humanitarians of our time.

Now in its 18th year, this cultural event is Oakland’s only non-denominational musical tribute, bringing Oakland’s diverse community together to honor the inspirational teachings of the great Dr. Martin Luther King King, Jr. The event also showcases locally and internationally known performing artists, children from Oakland public elementary schools, and archival footage of Dr. King.

Barbara Lee
Congresswoman Barbara Lee

Congresswoman Barbara Lee will present the Oakland Citizen Humanitarian Award to Clarissa Douthard, a passionate advocate for children and parents, for her outstanding work on behalf of the Oakland community, as recognized by the City of Oakland’s Department of Human Services.

The Martin Luther King Tribute also serves as the final showcase for the choral component of the Living Jazz Children’s Project, a 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 Bryan Seet, the LJCP opens the show. 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.

Event Details:

Sunday, January 19 | 7-9:30 pm
Oakland Scottish Rite Center
Tickets: $25-$60 adv., door $30-$65; discounts for children 12 and under

Featured Performers:

Tony Lindsay, vocalist
Raz Kennedy, vocalist
Tammi Brown, vocalist
Clif Payne, vocalist
Tiffany Austin, vocalist, with Frank Martin, piano;
Troy Lampkins, bass
Ruthie Price, drums
Shelley Doty, guitar

Purchase tickets/more information: or contact Sheryl Lynn Thomas at Living Jazz, Inc. (510)858-5313

All proceeds benefit the Living Jazz Children’s Project.

About Living Jazz, Inc.

Living Jazz, a non-profit, Oakland-based organization was created in 1984. Our mission is to transform lives through music. Living Jazz created Jazz Camp West in 1984, the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir in 1986, Jazz Camp Weekend and the Oakland Jazz Choir in 1992, “In the Name of Love” in 2002, the Living Jazz Children’s Project in 2005; Jam Camp West for youth ages 10-15 in 2008; and Jazz Search West, the Bay Area’s Jazz Talent Search in 2010.

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