babawain 603x452Sunday, February 16 at 7 pm on KPJK TV in the South Bay. Jazz drummer E.W. Wainwright uses music as a starting point to stress the values of discipline, hard work and self-respect for underserved kids in Oakland through his African Roots of Jazz Performing Arts Academy.  His well-rehearsed student drill and drum teams perform at school and in public, and his contemporary adult jazz ensemble plays at many respected venues around the bay. Known to students affectionately as "Baba Wain," E.W. recounts his harrowing journey through the civil rights movement and long career as a jazz musician.  Despite enduring appalling prejudices during the 1960s, he continues to work for multicultural understanding.  He beams as African American kids – along with other children of diverse backgrounds – learn about the important role that music from Africa has played in western culture.  At the core of every activity is an emphasis on cross-cultural appreciation.  "Peace and love is part of everything we do here," he states. "Peace and love."

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