In what I predict will be a high-energy show, jazz drummer E.W. Wainwright will be joined by percussionist John Santos, jazz harpist Destiny Muhammad (who wowed the crowd at a Meetup event I hosted at Yerba Buena Gardens ), saxophone player Richard Howell, The African Roots of Jazz Youth Drummers, and others.
SHOW COST: $20 at the door, or about $21 online in advance. General-admission seating; buy your own ticket. (There's also a $15 rate for seniors or students.) A portion of the ticket proceeds will be donated to the Golden Gate Cancer center in Berkeley.
Ticket link: http://jazzschool.org/event/e-w-wainwright/
PRE-SHOW DINNER: Let's meet for dinner before the show at Suya African Caribbean Grill, located at 2130 Oxford St. (1 block parallel to Shattuck; between Center and Allston) .This low-cost restaurant gets 4 stars on Yelp for its "intense, flavorful" spicy food and grilled-to-order meat or veggie skewers. If you cannot make dinner, be sure to let me know ahead of time so I'll know how many people to expect. I'm keeping the RSVP list on the short side largely because it's a small restaurant with limited seating.
WHEN/WHERE TO MEET: Meet outside the restaurant by 6:30 p.m. (The show starts at 8:00 p.m.)
HOW TO FIND ME: I'm WF, 5 feet tall, in my fifties, with short auburn hair. I'll carry an off-white canvas shoulder bag that says OAKLAND MUSEUM in orange letters. Prior to the event, I'll send RSVPers my cellphone number and more info on what I'm wearing. Please bring my phone number with you to the event.
TRANSIT/PARKING: The Jazz School is located about a half-block from Shattuck, the downtown Berkeley BART station and the nearest AC Transit bus stop. There is a paid indoor parking lot on Addison, and there is often free street parking in the area, especially as you get farther away from Shattuck. The restaurant is located about 2 1/2 blocks from the Jazz School.