Tag Archives: Music

Cellist Alex Hunn

Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra Presents Two Young Competition Winners

Two young competition winners will be featured on the Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra’s final concert of the season, Sunday, May 17, at 2 p.m. at the Valley Center for the Performing Arts at Holy Names [...]
Terry-T Butler (aka "Mr. Community") and D'Wayne Wiggins of Tony! Toni! Tone! in the studio producing with Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, and Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child. (1999)

Grammy Winning Star Beyoncé Got Her Start in Oakland

Beyoncé is one of the greatest female artists of all time. Like many other artists, during the course of her career with Grammy-award winning group Destiny’s Child, Beyoncé’s big break in the music industry was [...]
Jazz singer Mary Stallings

Bay Area African American Women in Music: Jazz Singer Mary Stallings Still Feelin’ Good After All These Years

Deciding on which of some 50 women to begin Women’s History Month in a projected yearlong series, “Bay Area African American Women in Music,” presented a dilemma since there are so many distinguished possibilities. &a
Oakland native Kingdom the Crown says he finds inspiration in the art of Oakland. Photos by Ashley Chambers.

Oakland Artist Honors Black History with Powerful Message

Oakland-bred artist “Kingdom the Crown”, 23, has a powerful and descriptive message of the passage through slavery, from Africa to the modern African-American life. Tall, dark, and poetic, Kingdom brings a much needed voice into [...]
Terrance Kelly.

Terrance Kelly to Perform Spirituals at Piedmont Piano Company

Terrance Kelly – who has been director of the multi-racial interracial Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir for the past 29 years, as well as choir director at Imani Community Church for 18 years – credits his [...]
Brenda Vaughn

Brenda Vaughn Seeks to Make Waves in City’s Music Scene Musical Extravaganza Set for Jan. 31 at Geoffrey’s Inner Circle

Brenda Vaughn – renowned singer, voce coach, manager and booking agent – is returning to Geoffrey’s Inner Circle after working for a number of years in Taiwan and Singapore and other cities in Europe and [...]
(Left to right) Jonathan Finlayson, trumpeter with Five Elements, Marcus Gilmore, drummer, Steve Coleman, alto saxophonist & leader of Five Elements, John Handy, prominent jazz saxophonist, Ron Finlayson, Brenda Pugh and Tilman Pugh. Photograph: Conway Jones

Award-winning Saxophonist Steve Coleman Performs in Bay Area

  Saxophonist Steve Coleman, whose quintet performed last Sunday at SFJazz in San Francisco, was honored recently with a MacArthur Fellow, an award presented to talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in [...]