Thursday, September 4th, 2014 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, September 4th and support the local jazz scene!
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - Woodward Park Regional Library
JazzFresno and the Fresno County Public Libraries host (free and open to the public) Jazz at the Library on Tuesday September 16th, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the Woodward Park Regional County Library located at 944 E. Perrin Ave. (Champlain & Perrin).
This month's presentation is “Way Down in Dixie.” The 7-piece Sunnyside Jazz Band will perform a mix of traditional Dixieland tunes, swing titles, and some things in between!!! The group is composed of 7 avid players who really enjoy the music (the band has been performing together for ten years!!!)
Acclaimed jazz guitarist, instructor André Bush dies at age 45
By Joshua Tehee
The Fresno Bee
August 11, 2014
André Bush was on a quest to realize his musical vision with a single instrument — the guitar. The longtime Fresno jazz guitarist and instructor recently had been working on new compositions with a guitar trio with that goal in mind.
Mr. Bush died unexpectedly Aug. 8 at the age of 45.
"He had a wide-eyed wonder for the beauty of guitars," says Roger Perry, a friend and local musician who met Mr. Bush more than 30 years ago while working at Archer's Music in the Tower District.
Perry was just a teenager at the time and Andre was 11 or 12.
"Even when he was a kid, he could play. He was not just good for a little kid, either. He could play," Perry says.
Over the years, the Roosevelt School of the Arts graduate earned national acclaim for his skills as a studio musician and touring guitarist. His collaboration with singer Nnenna Freelon on the album "Blueprint of a Lady" earned him a Grammy nomination in 2005.
Just last year, music critic Scott Yanow cited Mr. Bush as one of the 342 most significant guitarists in jazz history in his book "The Great Jazz Guitarists: The Ultimate Guide."
As an instructor, Mr. Bush released his own book/CD package "Modern Jazz Guitar Styles" through Mel Bay Publications in 2005.
He also taught theory, history and improvisation classes at The Jazzschool in Berkeley and recently had close to a dozen students at The Voice Shop in Fresno.
Before his death, he had interned as a counselor with Salvation Army Fresno ARC and was in the midst of writing "Art and Soul: Understanding Psyche and the Creative Process," which focused on the psychology of creative development.
There is much to be missed from Mr. Bush's passing, Perry says, including the sense of joy the guitarist seemed to get from music, whether he was teaching or playing.
"He got something from a song, more than he gave to it," Perry says.
A celebration of Mr. Bush's life will be held 2 p.m. Aug. 23 at the Belmont Country Club, 8253 E. Belmont Ave. A memorial concert is being planned for October.
Donations in Mr. Bush's memory may be made to JazzFresno, the Sophia Bush college fund or a charity of choice.
Born: June 3, 1969
Died: Aug. 8, 2014
Occupation: Musician, instructor
Survivors: Parents Celsa and Scott Shewan; daughter Sophia Bush; former wife Dawna Mickaels Bush and partner Kate McKnight
Services: A celebration of life will be held 2 p.m. Aug. 23 at the Belmont Country Club, 8253 E. Belmont Ave., Fresno
Read more here: Fresno Bee article
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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.