Longfellow Middle School jazz band plays at a sold-out Yoshi's. Photos: Alex Chiappetta

Yoshi’s in Oakland, a legendary venue for the best in jazz, was packed on Monday night. The boisterous, enthusiastic crowd had come to hear the jazz bands from Longfellow and Willard middle schools. Fan — and mother of a baritone sax player — Doris Moskowitz reports that $1,200 was raised for the middle schools’ jazz program. More photos below the fold.

Sarah Cline conducts the Willard Jazz Band
The trumpet and sax players of the Willard Jazz Band concentrate hard
The sax players in the Longfellow Jazz Band wail at Yoshi's

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