Saturday April 30th @ Paul Shaghoian Concert Hall
The California Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society is proud to present the 25th Annual Central California Day of Percussion, on Saturday, April 30th, 2016, at the beautiful Paul Shaghoian Concert Hall on the campus of Clovis North High School in Fresno. Our featured guest artist is world-renowned drummer Ray Brinker. Ray will present a drum-set clinic at 4:00 pm, and will perform with the Fresno State Jazz Orchestra at 5:30 pm. Tickets will be available at the door.
For general information please contact Dr. Matthew Darling, Percussion Studies
California State University, Fresno (559) 278-2840
For the second year in a row, we really can’t tell you what is going to happen WHEN ART MEETS JAZZ on Saturday, May 7. That's the beauty of art (and music) that is based on improvisation. Until the event unfolds, no one knows for sure. If last year is any indication, though, you don’t want to miss it!
If you attended last year’s event, you know that 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, numerous amazing Valley artists will begin the event 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.
WHEN ART MEETS JAZZ will be held on Saturday, May 7 from 2:00 pm to 9:30 pm in the beautiful Plaza at Arte Américas in downtown Fresno. The early hours of the event will feature the Milestones Youth Jazz Workshop ensembles, Roosevelt School of the Arts Latin Jazz Ensemble, and the We Got the Beat and Beyond the Beat Youth Percussion bands. Student artists from around the Valley will work alongside the student musicians.
At 6 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 interesting twist to the event.
Participating musicians include the Milestones Faculty Jazz Ensemble (Joe Lewis, John Ayala, Eva Scow, David Aus, Spee Kosloff and Brian Hamada) the Fresno State University Faculty Quartet, and the Fresno City College Faculty Some-tet.
WHEN ART MEETS JAZZ is sponsored in part by Valley Public Radio. Proceeds from the event benefit the Milestones Youth Jazz Workshop, and other youth arts education programs while art auction proceeds benefit the Fresno Art Museum.
Tickets will be available at the door only if space permits. Last year’s event was a sell out, so get your tickets soon!<
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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