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May 29, 2012 > Youth Jazz Festival

Youth Jazz Festival

By Nisha Patel
Photos By Courtesy of East Bay Traditional Jazz Society

On Saturday, June 2, the East Bay Traditional Jazz Society will be hosting its 12th Annual Youth Jazz Festival at the NewPark Mall. Performances will feature Horner Junior High School, Irvington High School, Thornton Junior High School, American High School, Hopkins Junior High School, and John F. Kennedy High School.

The East Bay Jazzinators will be performing during most of the breaks between each set, and Fremont Christian's Dixie Dominus will perform during the last two breaks, to provide continuous music. Each group will be allowed 45 minutes to perform any tunes that are jazz-oriented, and even have the freedom to intermingle their personnel by bringing in other young musicians and changing their type of music.

"The purpose of the event is to give jazz musicians and local high school and junior high school bands a chance to play and perform their music in public and provide a place for them to showcase their talents," explained John Soulis, Director of the East Bay Traditional Jazz Society.

The event will take place in the center court of the NewPark Mall, where during each band's performance different members of the Jazz Society pass a "tip jar" among listeners. Each round usually brings in about $100. After the tips are counted, the Jazz Society writes a check for the collected amount onsite to the school band to help fund their other band activities.

Although the annual Jazz Festival has been taking place for over a decade, this year's performers will also feature Irvington High School that did not perform last year. Fremont Christian School, who played in their place, will be returning to both the Fremont Jazz Festival this weekend, as well as at the Sacramento Jazz Festival.

The East Bay Traditional Jazz Society sponsors the event, but it is also made possible with the help and cooperation of many other local sponsors, which include Fremont Bank, Bronco Billy's, NewPark Mall, Lucky's market in Mission Valley, and Mission Gold Jazz Band. Organizers are thankful to the NewPark Mall for providing a facility for two consecutive years, to John F. Kennedy High School for providing music stands, students and parents of the Jazzinators for providing the pianos and keyboards, and other community members for their continuous support.

For more information on the Jazz Festival or the East Bay Traditional Jazz Society, call John Soulis at (510) 657-0243 or visit

Youth Jazz Festival
Saturday, June 2
11 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
NewPark Mall
Center Court
2086 NewPark Mall, Newark
(510) 657-0243

Band Performances:
11 a.m. - 11:40 a.m.: Horner Jr. High
11:55 a.m. - 12:35 p.m.: Irvington High School
12:50 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.: Thornton Jr. High
1:45 p.m. - 2:25 p.m.: American High School
2:40 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.: Hopkins Jr. High
3:35 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.: John F. Kennedy High School

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