11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 17: Best Free Jazz Under the Sun 

Malcolm X Jazz Arts Festival

The Malcolm X festival is a collective effort of Oakland's San Antonio neighborhood that unites one of the most ethnically diverse census tracts in Alameda County. Founded by the EastSide Arts Alliance, Taller Sin Fronteras, Black Dot Artists, TDK, and C-4, the yearly community fest began in 2000, featuring jazz and spoken-word greats such as Amiri Baraka, Khalil El' Zabar and the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, Jon Jang, Babatunde Lea, Angela Wellman, and India Cooke. With splashes of mural art on banners, walls, and onstage, it honors the May 19 birth of free-thinker and revolutionary activist, El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, better known as Malcolm X. Stretch a blanket on the rolling lawn and enjoy a party that celebrates diversity. This year, it's happening on Saturday, May 17, and features O-Maya, Howard Wiley, Khalil El' Zabar with Hamiet Blueitt and Billy Bang, and Amiri Baraka.


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