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May 28, 2013 > Youth Jazz Festival

Youth Jazz Festival

By Nisha Patel

Trumpets, saxophones, clarinets and drums will all be present. On Saturday, June 1, the lively sounds of jazz will echo through NewPark Mall when the East Bay Traditional Jazz Society hosts its 13th annual "Youth Jazz Festival." The event will take place in the JCPenney Court on the ground floor level of NewPark Mall. Performances will feature bands from Horner Junior High School, Irvington High School, Thornton Junior High School, American High School, Hopkins Junior High School, and John F. Kennedy High School.

This event gives local students a chance to perform for the community. John Soulis, director of the East Bay Traditional Jazz Society, explains that many talented groups lack a venue to play music they practice; the annual jazz festival gives them that exposure. At the event, students have an opportunity to join the Fremont Jazz Band. This year performances will include the Fremont Jazz Workshop, led by band director Charlie Rodda from Irvington High School.

The East Bay Jazzinators, an extension of the East Bay Traditional Jazz Society, will be performing during most of the breaks between each set of 45 minutes. Jazzinators sessions will be open to all musicians who care to join in. Contributions will support a scholarship fund to assist students who wish to attend band camp. Band camp will be held at Slyde Park in Sacramento with an expected attendance of 80 students. Tips collected after each performance help fund participating band activities. Each school is guaranteed at least $100 by the Jazz Society.

Sponsored by the East Bay Traditional Jazz Society, the "Youth Jazz Festival" is also made possible by the help and cooperation of many other local sponsors, including: Fremont Bank Foundation, Bronco Billy's, NewPark Mall, the Lucky's market in Mission Valley, and Mission Gold Jazz Band. Organizers are thankful to the NewPark Mall for providing a facility for three consecutive years, to John F. Kennedy High School for providing music stands and other equipment, students and parents of the Jazzinators for providing pianos and keyboards, and other community members for their continuous support.

Youth Jazz Festival
Saturday, June 1
11 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
NewPark Mall, JCPenney Court
2086 NewPark Mall, Newark
(510) 657-0243

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