PADC is proud to feature Bay Area favorite Mingus Amungus at our 2015 Yoshi's Jazz Nite. Band leader Miles Perkins, a Piedmont resident, brings Charles Mingus' musical philosophy into the the new millennium with his all-star 7-piece band. They weave their way through Mingus' intricate charts with hard-hitting be-bop, funk and classical. The band then sprinkles San Francisco's native Hip-Hop Jazz flavor into the mix with a variety of lyricists, thereby bringing Mingus' work into the contemporary age.
Musically, Mingus never played it safe. His artistic intent was to create an immediate emotional statement through what he created. While he relied on the individual strength of his players, he would always inspire and channel their creative energies toward collective expression.
With the individual strengths of his players in mind, Miles Perkins brings Mingus' musical philosophy into the the new millennium with Mingus Amungus. Musically, he too, like Mingus, never plays it safe.
Charles Mingus is one of the most difficult players and composers of the bop and post-bop era to define. His complex rhythms and tempos made him a stand-out artist within the jazz genre. His thematic compositions, were often inspired by political events and/or people, such as "Fables of Faubus," named after Orval E. Faubus, Governor of Arkansas who, in 1957, deployed the National Guard to prevent a few black children from entering Little Rock's Central High School. His music covered a wide range of styles, from his earliest work with Louis Armstrong to his later free-form orchestral compositions.
Yoshi's in Jack London Square
510 Embarcadero West, Oakland, CA 94607
Thursday, April 30th, 2015
Doors: 7:30PM / Show: 8:00PM
$25.00 / $20.00 Students
Join us for a night of music, spoken word and visual arts as students from Piedmont collaborate with Bay Area favorite Mingus Amungus for a night of creative exploration and celebration. This all-star jazz band will be joined by Together
We Slam, a group of talented Piedmont middle and high school students, who also performed at our recent MLK Jr. Day celebration.
The event is produced and sponsored by the Piedmont Appreciating Diversity Committee (PADC) and proceeds will benefit PADC’s Grants program. The PADC grants program typically awards between $8,000 and $10,000 a year to fund educational projects that support and promote diversity and inclusiveness in our schools and community.
As the search for a new PUSD Superintendent progresses, the Piedmont Appreciating Diversity Committee would like to highlight qualities we hold as essential in an educational leader. We believe that the District can best be led by an innovative leader who continues to focus on supporting a high quality educational environment and furthers issues of diversity and inclusion in our school community.
A successful learning environment requires attention to diversity because the demands of work and life in the 21st century require cultural sensitivity and an appreciation of differences. A truly educated society embraces and seeks to understand a broad spectrum of perspectives – which are increasingly important in this globally interconnected society and economy.
To ensure that diversity and inclusion are part of the learning environment in our schools, we would like a Superintendent who has the following skills and characteristics:
We recognize that a Superintendent cannot lead the way on these issues without the encouragement and cooperation of the School Board, which currently does not have an articulated strategy around diversity and inclusion. We hope the Board takes advantage of this search for a new Superintendent to model inclusiveness in the search process and to consider the characteristics listed above as critical to the future of our school district.
We applaud efforts to gather community input through an open forum, online survey, and numerous interviews including school and district staff, Board members, students, and various school support organizations. We also believe it is important to share our views publicly and urge others to do so as well. This is the most transparent way to hold each other, the search consultant, and the School Board accountable for conducting a truly engaged search process.
The PADC Executive Board