Education

Jazz @ the Library - Oliver Nelson and the Abstract Truth

rickshawJazzFresno and the Fresno County Public Libraries host (free and open to the public) Jazz @ the Library, Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Woodward Park Regional County Library located at 944 E. Perrin Ave. (Champlain & Perrin).

The topic for June’s Jazz @ the Library is “Oliver Nelson and the Abstract Truth.” LA bassist Rick Shaw will discuss the importance of Oliver Nelson’s seminal album “Blues and the Abstract Truth.” Rick will talk about the many musicians and composers this album influenced, the compositions themselves, the all-star musicians that played on the album, and the life of Oliver Nelson. Live music by Rick and stellar local jazz musicians John Ayala, Alto Sax; Larry Honda, Tenor Sax; Steve Dailey, Bari Sax; Mark Prather, Trumpet; Craig VonBerg, Piano; Joe Lizama, Drums. This will be a not to be missed presentation! Please join us.

Milestones Summer Jazz Camp Is Back!



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.

Jazz @ the Library - The Life and Music of Wes Montgomery

richquartetJazzFresno and the Fresno County Public Libraries host (free and open to the public) Jazz @ the Library, Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Woodward Park Regional County Library located at 944 E. Perrin Ave. (Champlain & Perrin).

Join the Rich Severson Jazz Quartet in celebration of the life and music of Wes Montgomery. Referred to as the father of bebop and smooth jazz guitar, Wes’s music continues to influence todays’ guitarists. In addition to stories about Wes Montgomery, Rich will demonstrate Wes’s unique playing style and the band will jam on many of his most popular compositions.

Milestones Youth Jazz Workshop Begins Its Third Year



THE MILESTONES MISSION: Learning to play jazz is learning to be self-­‐assured and confident. It’s learning how to turn mistakes into opportunities and how to be a leader as well as a great team player.

Through its world-­‐class faculty, the Milestones mission is to foster these qualities in students while instilling in them a deep appreciation for America’s true indigenous art form.

Visit Milestones Youth Jazz at MilestonesJazz.org.

Jazz @ the Library - The Making of the CD “The Poetry of Jazz”

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JazzFresno
and the Fresno County Public Libraries host (free and open to the public) Jazz @ the Library, Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Woodward Park Regional County Library located at 944 E. Perrin Ave. (Champlain & Perrin).

The topic of the Jazz at the Library presentation will be the Making of the CD, “The Poetry of Jazz.” Saxophonist and composer Dr. Benjamin Boone, along with several other leading local musicians, will provide you with an inside view of their collaboration with U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winning poet Philip Levine, and the making of the upcoming CD, “The Poetry of Jazz.”

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