Only one thing is for sure. At 4 pm on Saturday, May 23 at the Fresno Art Museum, no one knows what is going to happen. That's the beauty of art (and music) that is based on improvisation.
“When Art Meets Jazz” is not the typical art show or jazz concert. Rather than displaying their work while a jazz trio plays softly in the background and the audience sips chardonnay and nibbles on cheese, seven amazing Valley artists will begin with a blank canvas - literally. As the show begins, they will draw their inspiration from the improvised music of many of the Valley's best jazz musicians and the atmosphere of the event itself and create work on the spot.
The event will feature two stages: inside the museum's Bonner Auditorium and outside in the Sculpture Garden. The early hours of the event will feature the five ensembles of the Milestones Youth Jazz Workshop, student musicians from 18 schools who study weekly with four acclaimed Valley jazz educators.
At 7 pm, a collection of the Valley’s best jazz pros will take to the stage. Accompanying the musicians will be notable local artists who will follow no rules except to be inspired by the sights, sounds and rhythm of the event.
The event will also include a silent auction, no-host cocktails and local food trucks. The work created by the professional artists, in fact, will also be up for bid – before it is created – bringing yet another new twist to the event.
Participating local artists include Leslie Batty, Bill Bruce, Yuliya Gasio, Chris Janzen, Garrett Masterson, Will Portis and Anne Scheid.
Participating musicians include Eva Scow and Espacio, the Tim Shaghoian Trio (with Spee Kosloff and Nate Guzman), the Richard Giddens Trio (with Tom Wilson and Brian Hamada), the Ayala-Lewis Quintet (featuring John Ayala, Joe Lewis, David Aus, Kevin Hill and Joe Lizama), and the Fresno City College Faculty Some-tet.
The event benefits both the Fresno Art Museum and the Milestones Youth Jazz Workshop. Day of event tickets will be sold at the door for $25, space permitting.
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.
Thursday, June 4th, 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, June 4th, and support the local jazz scene!
Thursday, June 18th, 2015 at venues throughout North Fresno
JazzFresno is proud to announce JazzHop North, a monthly series designed to promote local jazz (& assorted other styles) at various venues throughout North Fresno, on the third Thursday of every month.
Come out on Thursday, June 18th and support the local jazz scene!
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.