Spotlight on Ohlone:
Combo passes test at Mission Pizza

By Manika Casterline, News editor.

Thursday, April 8, 2010—Reprinted from Monitor.

Music instructor Tim Roberts and students play at Mission Pizza. The night sections of Ohlone’s Jazz-Rock Combo class presented their end-of-semeseter concert Wednesday at Mission Pizza on Washington Boulevard. —Photo by David Epperson.

Music has been widely recognized for its innate and extraordinary ability to bridge the gap between ethnicities and generations.

On Wednesday night, Tim Roberts’ jazz/rock combo and his songwriting classes came together at a local venue, Mission Pizza, for a night of music played to a packed house.

It served as a showcase of the talent that Roberts has cultivated in his classes.

Jazz/rock combo student and first-time performer Anh Huyh sang a rendition of Nina Simone’s “Sea Lion Woman,” which recieved a wave of thunderous applause.

Huyh said, “I don’t care too much about the reaction. I just do what I do in my car.”

Huyh grew up in Vietnam and moved to the United States when he was 12, and hopes to major in sociology.

He said he believes that the greater the oppression the greater the inspiration. And he uses this premise to drive his creative interests in music and in poetry.

“Roberts’ class is great because it exposes you to all types of music you might not have been exposed to, like jazz standards,” Huyh said.

Classmate Melody Stedman said while the event was not mandatory, most of the students in the class wanted to participate in it or attend anyway.

One of the singer-songwriters who performed was Von von Lindenburg, who said he plans to release an album of original music this summer.

According to von Lindenburg, his debut CD is a mix of genres including jazz, country, pop and rock. It will also feature contributions by Roberts and Associate Professor James McManus.

The music selections also included Tina Turner’s “What’s Love Got To Do With It,” “Sweet Dreams” by The Eurythmics, and “This Kiss” by Faith Hill.

Roberts teaches several other music-oriented classes in addition to jazz/rock combo, and can be reached at

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