When Art Meets Jazz: Milestones Youth Jazz Workshop Benefit


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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.

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