Tech students – Benjamin Ard, Malcolm Best, Kazeem Elebute, Grace Gulli, Johnny Kaster, Danny Le, Melak Makonnen, Zoe Rhodes King, Jorianna Riester Graham, Jack Riley and Brandon Wong – members of the Jazz Ensemble OEASE – formed by high school aged jazz musicians in Oakland have collaborated for a piece called: “Freedom of Speech”
This collaboration between the Oakland Eastside All Star Ensemble and Oakland-based Hip Hop artist JAHI. OEASE was created with the support of SFJazz and Generations in Jazz Foundation. Special thanks to video editor Jean Black of Black Camera Productions and audio engineer, Mike Aaberg. This project speaks to the urgency of addressing racial equality and the systemic problems embedded in American society. These young musicians use their song and spirit to fight for what needs to change in our world.