THE NEW DOUBLE ALBUM
"The TOaG Quartet: Live at the Airship" is an 84-minute double album of all original music, recorded live in front of an audience at the premiere Airship Laboratories recording studio. Charting a course of all original music that spans dirge like ballads, greasy grooves, sizzling up tempo swingers, and narrative interludes, this sonic adventure is going to take you places. Sparking the mind with truth, and moving the spirit with groove, this music is the product of our collective - which is one part working band and one part teaching ensemble.
The Debut Album
"Grey and Green" is the debut album of Oakland-based furious jazz ensemble the TOaG Quartet. Recorded live at Airship Laboratories in May of 2017, this record represents the beginning of our journey together as a band, and we are so proud to share it with you. Featuring several compositions by our esteemed trumpet player Matt Kelly, a dazzling array of soundscapes from DV Wright, and the deep pockets of Mr. Carter and Mr. Lee, this album is where TOaG was born!
What we do
"As an assembly of instrumentalists, the TOaG Quartet is an Oakland-based musical organization inspired by the many lineages of improvisation and groove. Striving to be honest to who we are, where we have been, and where we hope to go, we pay homage to the work of our elders - who laid the groundwork upon which we stand - while aspiring to spark the mind with truth, and move the spirit with groove. Alongside the tireless service of community music educators, TOaG also works to support arts education by curating jazz clinics for young students, creating a positive space for musical exchange between professionals and pupils."
Now in our second program year, The TOaG Quartet is proud to have partnered with Oakland High School to host jazz clinics for their student musicians in 2019-2020, alongside music dept. head David Byrd. If you would like to learn more about this program, you can visit the homepage of The TOaG Jazz Clinics at Oakland High School.