Five Points Session
Five Points Session
Oscar learned early on in his career that being a professional musician also meant being an active and meaningful participant of his community.
In addition to his educational outreach work, Oscar is the lead coordinator for the Five Points Session, a weekly, Monday night music session that takes place in downtown San Jose at the Five Points Bar.
Oscar’s mission through this initiative is to provide a regular meeting space where, weekly, musicians of all backgrounds can gather, perform, and connect with one another. It is also through this mission that Oscar is intent on establishing a culture of openness and fairness, whilst simultaneously conveying the notion that inclusivity is fundamental to the identity and collective success of his community.
Building The team
This mission began with first forming a leadership team of musicians with varying backgrounds.
The all-volunteer team donates their time and energy to weekly brainstorming, planning, and organizing. Decisions about session leaders and vision planning are also discussed openly, and it is here that Oscar mentors the younger members with his knowledge and experience.
Implementation and Development
He and his team schedule artists every week to organize and coordinate the session, whilst provided support to them with a flexible guideline framework, marketing and logistical support.
Strategic Visioning through Partnerships
Teaming up with local businesses, like the Five Points, was a necessary step toward achieving the mission. Oscar’s connection with local artist representative Matt Beasley was instrumental in implementing the initiative’s vision.
Recognizing that this mission would need additional strategic support, Oscar brought in San Jose Jazz to further brand this event and bring its awareness to greater heights.
Putting a focus on Bay Area Musicians
Since launching in June of 2018, The Five Points Session has now featured well over 40 local musicians and attendance and participation has steadily grown to become