In 1963, the Beatles released their debut album in Britain, the first U.S. disco opened in Los Angeles and local Latin jazzman Joel Dorham put together his band.
On Saturday — 46 years later — the Joel Dorham Latin Jazz Octet will perform from 9 p.m. to midnight at the Pacific Coast Brewing Co., as it has for years.
"Many of you have said my band is timeless, but it is your global support and popular imagination that has made time stand still. We hope to continue to be musically inventive and evolutionary," Dorham said in a passage written on fliers he has distributed every summer for years announcing the annual June performance.
Dorham, 72, dedicated this year's performance to his brother, Kenny Dorham, who would have celebrated his 85th birthday in August. Kenny Dorham — a trumpeter — died in 1972 of kidney disease.
Joel Dorham is known as a gifted timbalero as well as an outspoken critic of the way jazz music has been marginalized. In the late 1970s, he took the fight for jazz respect to Congress and the White House. "You may be sure that the efforts to promote jazz on television have been well-noted," President Jimmy Carter wrote Dorham in response to his work.
Former California Secretary of State March Fong Eu nominated the musician-turned-activist for a Pulitzer Prize in 1981. Dorham said he has no plans to stop playing.
"Space is not the final frontier, jazz is," he said.
The Pacific Coast Brewing Co. is at 906 Washington St., in Oakland. Admission is free. Call 510-836-2739.
Reach Angela Woodall at 510-208-6413