Thursday, April 2nd, 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 2nd and support the local jazz scene!
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.
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.
Support for Jazz @ the Library comes from the Community Enrichment Program, administered by the Fresno Arts Council and from the Fresno County Public Library.