WAKEFIELD JAZZ SEXTET
The band takes its name from historic Wakefield Avenue, known to at least two of its residents as the "Beale Street" of Oakland. Though only one block long, Wakefield Avenue is home to at least five bands and two recording studios. Wakefield Avenue has been a musical center for many years. In fact, archeologists, called in to excavate below the foundations of Wakefield homes, have found Paleolithic picks, reeds and drum heads used by the original residents of the area to play at harvest and fishing celebrations, which, sociologists say, evolved into what are today called "gigs."
abandoned classical piano for a "rock band with horns" playing his Farfisa
organ. And while he once ignored his dad's vast collection of 78s., he
learned later in life that there really was something to all that jazz. "I
never could play what was on the page," say Dan "so Jazz suits me!"
Photography by Christine Lyons