JazzFresno and the Fresno County Public Libraries host (free and open to the public) Jazz @ the Library, Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at the Woodward Park Regional County Library located at 944 E. Perrin Ave. (Champlain & Perrin). *(This month's event will be held on the 2nd Tuesday.)
Jazz @ the Library welcomes famed Jazz pianist Mark Levine, two time Grammy nominee, leader of the group Mark Levine and the Latin Tinge, as well as author of the canonized “The Jazz Piano Book.” The topic of Mark’s presentation will be “Great Moments in Jazz.” Mark will be joined by Brian Hamada on drums, and Richard Giddens on bass.
Monday October 5, 2015, 8:00 p.m. - CSUF Dept. of Music Concert Hall
$7 general / $6 staff/seniors / $5 students w/ID
JAZZ COMPOSERS ORCHESTRA IN CONCERT WITH CSUF JAZZ ORCHESTRA
The Jazz Composers Orchestra, one of the premiere jazz groups in the Valley, will open its 2015 season on Monday, October 5, with a performance at the CSUF Concert Hall at 8:00 p.m. The Fresno State Jazz Orchestra, directed by Dr. Alan Durst will open the program. Tickets are priced from $5 to $7, and can be purchased at the door.
The JCO is a group of the finest jazz performers, composers, and educators in central California. Mike Dana, head of Jazz Studies at Fresno City College, founded the group in 2004. The JCO has performed at the International Association for Jazz Education conference, and has accompanied jazz vocalist Kevin Mahogany and Rolling Stones saxophonist Tim Ries.
Fans of the JCO know the band for its adventurous and original music, with many of the group’s compositions coming from within its own ranks. This performance will be no exception. The group will perform several exciting new compositions, and premier a new arrangement of a Duke Ellington classic by JCO member Joe Lewis.
The roster (below) reads like a “who’s who” of jazz in the Valley. Members include music faculty at FCC, CSU, Fresno, and many other valley schools. All play professionally as well, and have performed with an impressive lineup of jazz and pop artists. Members of the JCO include:
Members of the JCO include:
Saxophones: John Ayala, Steve Dailey, Larry Honda, Paul Lucckesi, Steve Madden
Trumpets: Dale Engstrom, Thomas Lake, Joe Lewis, Mark Prather, Gavin Torgerson
Trombones: Adan Infante, Les Nunes, Eric Sherbon, Spencer Hannibal-Smith
Rhythm section: David Aus (piano, keyboards), Mike Dana (guitar), Brian Hamada (drums), Joe Lizama (vibes/percussion), Rodney Yokota (bass)
Tickets available at the Fresno State Music Dept. box office.
Year four of the Milestones Youth Jazz Workshop is here, and there are some exciting changes! The program is now located in a single location at 3385 E. Shields in Fresno and includes 60-seat and 200-seat performance/rehearsal spaces, a fenced parking area and a number of other amenities. Best of all, the facility is less than a mile from both Freeways 168 and 41, making it centrally located for the majority of Milestones participants. The new facility offers the opportunity to expand programs and the plan is to offer vocal jazz, Latin jazz and a community jazz band (for adults) in addition to Milestones regular jazz ensemble program. You can learn more about the Milestones Youth Jazz programs at the following links:
Thursday, October 1st, 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, October 1st, and support the local jazz scene!
Thursday, October 15th, 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, October 15th and support the local jazz scene!