Geoffrey’s Inner Circle
Black Culture and Arts
About the Organization
Geoffrey’s Inner Circle is a multidisciplinary arts venue and Black cultural center which uplifts and promotes Black culture and art forms in Oakland, targeting youth, seniors, and low-income populations. Since the late 1970s, they have consistently produced music and comedy shows, educational programs, jam sessions, community events, political events, and panel discussions on issues facing the Black community. Their initiatives have ranged from Sunday jazz concerts to free holiday dinners for Oakland’s low-income community. In 2021, Geoffrey’s also collaborated with Faye Carol and Oakland rapper Mistah F.A.B. to host a free Black History Month livestream for over 20,000 Oakland Unified School District students. The event, which was supported by the City of Oakland Cultural Funding program, featured live music performances and a segment on Oakland’s Black musical history.
Jazz Jam Session at Geoffrey’s Inner Circle, November 2013.
Living Cultures Grant
Give The Drummer Some – Masterclass Series
In 2022, Geoffrey’s Inner Circle received funding from ACTA’s Living Cultures Grant Program for a series of six free masterclasses with renowned Black, Bay Area drummers from the jazz and blues traditions. The masterclasses will target local music students and youth of color, allowing master Black artists to pass on their cultural legacy to Black youth in their community.
Vocalist Kenny Washington & Trio performing at Geoffrey's 2022. Photo: James Knox.
Trombonist & Shellman Steve Turre performing at Geoffrey's 2022. Photo: James Knox.
Pedal Steel Guitar Master Robert Randolph performing at Geoffrey's 2022. Photo: James Knox.