This free outdoor music festival, benefiting the jazz programs at Berkeley High School, will feature the Dixieland sounds of famed radio host and trombonist Mal Sharpe’s Big Money in Jazz Band; the classic blues sounds from harmonica master Mark Hummel and the Blues Survivors; and the Latin jazz sounds of drummer and Berkeley High School alum Josh Jones and his Latin Jazz Group. The Berkeley High School Combo A, awarded DownBeat Magazine's 2011 Best High School Combo Award, and the grand finale from the full 22- piece Berkeley High School Ensemble, directed by Sarah Cline.
Jazz on Fourth is a shining example of the high value the Berkeley business community places on supporting the arts in our public schools,” said Sarah Cline, BHS Jazz Program Director. “But more than that, it's an exciting musical event — a FREE outdoor jazz festival that's fun for the entire family. Come join us and hear why Berkeley High School's Jazz Ensemble and combos enjoy such a great reputation."
During the Festival, a raffle will be held to benefit the Berkeley High School Jazz programs. The street and the plaza will be filled with Fourth Street merchants offering interactive displays, children’s activities and unique food and beverages including beer and sake gardens. All proceeds from beer and sake sales go directly to Berkeley High Jazz programs.
The Berkeley High Jazz Program once home to Ambrose Akinmusire, Joshua Redman, Dave Ellis, Peter Apfelbaum, Michael Wolff, Benny Green and many others, is a national model of instrumental education. The proceeds from this event will help the school continue the jazz programs and provide much needed funds for the ensemble to travel to many upcoming national and international jazz festival competitions. Jazz On Fourth Street has collected over $150,000 for the music program since the Festival’s inception. The proceeds from raffle tickets and the beer and sake sales go directly to Berkeley High Jazz Program to help fund travel to festivals, scholarships and their upcoming tour to Havana, Cuba.