Fresno City College Presents New West Guitar Group with vocalist Sara Gazarek
$20 general/$18 Seniors/JazzFresno members/$14 student (w/ID)
Tickets available online. FCC Box Office: (559) 442-8221
On Wednesday, August 24, the Fresno City College Music Department will begin its fall concert season with an amazing evening of music, as they present the New West Guitar Group and special guest Sara Gazarek. NWGG combines electric and acoustic guitars with an eclectic mix of jazz, classical, folk, and flamenco influences. Sara is “a savvy, swinging singer of exquisite taste, bright wit and creative vitality…a welcome breath of fresh air.” (WNPR) Together, they are simply simply magical.
The concert is at 7:30 pm in the FCC Theatre. Tickets are $20 general, $18 senior/JazzFresno, $14 students, and are available at the FCC Theatre Box Office, (559) 442-8221. Free workshops for guitarists and vocalists will be offered during the day. Contact Mike Dana (info below) for workshop details.
The New West Guitar Group is one of the premier guitar ensembles in the world. Their unique sound blends electric and acoustic guitars with influences from jazz, pop, flamenco, and pretty much every musical style imaginable.
Their music is regularly featured on NPR and jazz radio stations, while their repertoire is performed throughout the country by college and high school guitar programs across the US. The group’s latest CD, “Send One Your Love,” received DownBeat Magazine’s prestigious Editor's Pick award. This album features several great vocalists, including rising star Sara Gazarek, who will join them for the Fresno concert.
Sara Gazarek (“the next important jazz singer”—LA Times) approaches an eclectic mix of jazz standards and contemporary songs with a remarkably effortless and graceful vocal sound and a deep connection to lyrics.
1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th Sundays of the Month at Tokyo Garden
Since 2003, local jazz fans and musicians have had a home at one of Fresno's longtime restaurants and independent music venues, Tokyo Garden, located at 1711 Fulton Street in downtown Fresno.
On the first Sunday of every month, local pianist and jazz educator Craig Von Berg hosts a jam session with his trio, featuring John Lauffenburger on bass and Brian Hamada on drums. On the second Sunday, bassist Richard Giddens leads the sessions - occasionally featuring guest artists and touring groups. On the third Sunday of the month, jazz guitarist and director of Jazz Studies at Fresno City College, Mike Dana hosts the session with his band. On the fourth Sunday of the month the jam is hosted by pianist David Aus. The sessions begin at 6:00pm.
Every Sunday at Ooi Japanese Cuisine
Local jazz educator, trombonist and occasional vocalist Les Nunes heads the lineup for the Sunday evening jazz jam sessions held weekly at Ooi Japanese Cuisine, located at 840 Herndon Ave., Clovis, CA 93612.
A rotating cadre of the area's best rhythm section players anchors the proceedings for the evening, and participation is highly encouraged. The music begins at 6:00pm.
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JazzFresno's Jazz @ the Library series features free jazz lectures and performances at area public libraries, every month. These events are a great way for both students and adults to learn more about jazz styles, famous artists and recordings and much more. The events also feature live music by local jazz artists. Most Jazz @ the Library events take place on the third Tuesday of every month at the Woodward Park Regional Library, and begin at 7:00 PM. The series also makes stops at other Fresno County Public Library branches.
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