These young musicians use their song and spirit to fight for what needs to change in our world. Speaking to the urgency of addressing racial equality and the systemic problems embedded in American society, “Freedom of Speech” is a collaboration between the Oakland Eastside All Star Ensemble and Oakland-based Hip Hop artist JAHI.
OEASE is formed by high school aged jazz musicians in the Oakland, California area. The project 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.
Skyline’s own Helen von Kugelgen along with students from Edna Brewer, and Oakland Tech make up OEASE’s ensemble.