While explaining how Bebop Jazz and Hip Hop pushed against the grain of music at the time, David Allen provides his definition of Revolution as transposing a story into action. The Museum of Jazz and Art in Oakland will raise awareness of ‘preserving’ jazz history and is a great example of David’s transformation of music vocabulary into architectural expression.

Video shot by Christie Goshe and Jess Jones, edited by Jess Jones. Photos by Timothy Kempf.

About the speaker

Born and raised in East Oakland, David Allen is presently, Founder, CEO and Board Chairman of the Museum of Jazz and Art’s (MOJA) Development Project planned for Oakland, California. This 70,000 square foot facility’s mission is to raise the focus, awareness and importance of “preserving” Jazz history while establishing a vision of building and connecting cultures through music therefore creating true “Social Sustainability”. He believes in the dynamic movement of architecture and sensory engagement to create visual interpretations - influenced by Jazz music.

Why Preserving Jazz History is Important?
Because it can help teach us about American history from a cultural perspective. We are struggling with the “seeds” of racism, uncontrollable prejudice and all the “Irrational Behavior” & incidents happening in our country. A Revolution is happening & its not the first time. Consider specific art forms such as Jazz Bebop Music as a revolution, Hip Hop Music as a revolution and the Museum of Jazz and Art’s design approach & programming as revolutionary. David will use the music and language of Jazz Bebop to design the museum and will discuss Harmony and Melody music vocabulary.

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