February 27-28, 2015 - Paul Shaghoian Concert Hall
Friday February 28, 2015; 8:00 p.m.
with Katisse Buckingham, alto sax, flute, vocals; Anne Hauter, trumpet, vocal; Dennis Hamm, keyboards; Jerry Watts, Jr., bass; Chaun Horton, drums
$15 general/$12 Seniors/JazzFresno members/$10 student (w/ID)
Tickets available online: http://www.sjvjf.net/
Paul Shaghoian Concert Hall
2770 E. International Ave.
Fresno, CA 93720
The blend of Jazz and Hip Hop has greatly evolved throughout the years, but the roles remain divided. As the composer, instrumentalist, lyricist, and MC, Katisse embodies the converging point of America’s two greatest musical genres.
Playing tenor, alto, soprano saxophones, flute and alto flute, Katisse Buckingham combines heavyweight musicianship with poetry and spoken word to create a flow that often leaves listeners in awe. Growing up in Los Angeles, he cites Miles Davis, Run DMC, Malcolm Mclaren, and Weather Report as equally important early influences. Attending the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts as a theatre major, Katisse further developed his love for spoken word, poetry, and rhyme schemes. College took him to The Grove School of Music where he studied with multi Grammy winner, Rob McConnell. He also studied extensively with woodwind master Bill Green.
Katisse has performed and/or recorded with Yellowjackets, Prince, Billy Childs, Dr. Dre, Herbie Hancock, Roy Ayers, Andy Summers, Airto & Flora Purim, LA Guitar Quartet, Brian Auger, Amos Lee, Strunz & Farah, Colin Hay, Poncho Sanchez, Don Grusin, Lionel Richie, Pete Yorn, and Vanessa Paradis, among many others. He has played on numerous films including the “Jazz Flute” scene for the Will Ferrell film, Anchorman- The Legend of Ron Burgundy, the Golden Globe winning score to the Robert Redford film, All Is Lost, and is a featured soloist on the Universal Pictures animated film, Minions.
Aside from his work as a solo artist, Katisse plays regularly with The Zawinul Legacy Band, Billy Childs Quartet, The Left Side Sax Alliance, John Daversa Small Band, Steve Weingart Group, Strunz & Farah, Alan Ferber Big Band, Full Time Fools (with Jimmy Haslip, Otmaro Ruiz, Luis Conte, and Jimmy Branly), Paul Pesco, Down to the Bone, Sir Sultry Quintet, Russ Irwin (Aerosmith), VOCE (Vardan Ovsepian Chamber Ensemble), Scott Kinsey Hard Ensemble, Andy Waddell Group, Loston Harris Trio, Marcel Camargo’s “The Brazil You Never Heard”, among others. Katisse also leads The Oddsemble - a group he started that focuses on playing jazz standards in 11/8, 13/8, 15/8, and 17/8 time signatures. Katisse is an adjunct faculty member at Cal State University Northridge.
Featured Saturday Night Concert:
• Sat. February 28 KATISSE (The Katisse Buckingham Group)
Clovis North High School
Paul Shaghoian Concert Hall
2770 E. International Ave.
Tickets: $15; $12 Seniors & JazzFresno Members; $10 Students.
About the San Joaquin Valley Jazz Festival
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Performances all day - both days)
Tickets: $10 one day festival pass; $15 two day festival pass (does not include night concert)
$30 VIP pass (both days admission and Saturday night concert)
Student groups from throughout California perform and receive workshops from some of the finest jazz educators in the country
Milestones Summer Jazz Camp is back for year number three! The camp will take place on Monday, June 15 through Saturday, June 20 at Fresno Christian High School on the Peoples Church campus in Fresno.
As in previous years, our faculty of outstanding jazz educators and musicians will lead jazz ensembles and provide master classes and instruction in jazz theory and improvisation for kids playing at every level. There are also some exciting additions to this year’s camp:
• We’ve added an artist in residence in the phenomenal Gilbert Castellanos, one of the nation’s premier jazz trumpeters and a fixture on the Southern California jazz scene. Gilbert will spend four full days at the camp, giving him the opportunity to interact with every single participant!
• By popular demand, we will now offer a vocal jazz program, headed up by jazz vocalist extraordinaire Karen Marguth.
• New elective sessions will offer participants the opportunity to receive additional instruction in jazz improvisation or explore areas like jazz listening, jazz arranging, developing great practice skills and more!
The camp is for jazz musicians and aspiring jazz musicians alike, from those just entering middle school to college students 20 years and younger. For more information on Milestones Summer Jazz, check out the FAQ on the Milestones website.
Visit Milestones Youth Jazz at MilestonesJazz.org.
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.
Thursday, April 5th, 2015 at venues throughout the Tower District and Downtown Fresno
JazzFresno is proud to announce JazzHop, a monthly series designed to promote local jazz (& assorted other styles) at various venues throughout the Tower District and downtown Fresno area, on the first Thursday of every month.
Come out on Thursday, April 5th and support the local jazz scene!