Jazz @ the Library - Bird & Diz: The Birth of Bebop

Jazz at the Library - Tuesday August 19th 2008
Dizzy GillespieLearn more about the style of jazz known as bebop in JazzFresno's monthly Jazz @ The Library series on Tuesday August 19th at the Woodward Park Regional Library at 7:00 PM. From the beat poets of the 1950's to the hip hop artists of the 1990's - the music of bebop pioneers like Charlie Parker (aka "Bird") and Dizzy Gillespie has served as an inspiration for millions, and has become a cornerstone of modern jazz. Learn more about how bebop came to be with this special free event.

Jazz at the Library - Tuesday August 19th
Bird & Diz - The Birth of Bebop

7:00 PM - Woodward Park Regional Library
944 E Perrin Ave - Fresno, CA 93720

Jazz @ the Library - The Hammond B3 Organ in Jazz

Tuesday July 15 2008
7:00pm - Woodward Park Library

Join JazzFresno for free lecture and discussion about the unique and influential sound of the Hammond organ in jazz and beyond. The Hammond Company began production of electric organs in 1935 as a substitute for pipe organs and a replacement for pianos in middle class home, and for use by radio stations. Widely used at military chapels during World War II, soldiers familiar with Hammond organs contributed to the instrument's post war popularity. At the same time, many churches began purchasing the Hammond as an inexpensive organ option. With many musicians getting their start playing in church, they made the Hammond a fixture in black gospel groups, and took it along as they moved into blues, R&B and jazz.

The Hammond organ was “transplanted” into Jazz as Wild Bill Davis developed the organ trio; Jimmy Smith re-invented the use of the organ as an instrument for solo improvisation, and created what we now define as the "soul jazz" sound. In 1955, the famed "B-3" model hit the scene, finding talented young musicians to create broad, new musical directions for the instrument. With the organ in the hands of artists like Jack McDuff, Richard "Groove" Holmes, Charles Earland, Ray Charles, James Brown, Shirley Scott, Steve Winwood, Al Kooper, and in groups like Santana, Steppenwolf, and The Young Rascals, it developed diverse new listening audiences. It’s fair to say Laurens Hammond, the inventor of  Hammond Organs, will go down as the greatest “organ donor” of all time. The talk will be led by JazzFresno General Manager John Baker.

Woodward Park Regional Library - 944 E Perrin Ave - Fresno, CA 93720

Jazz @ the Library - Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers: The "University of Hard Bop"

Art Blakey JazzFresno presents a free lecture and jazz performance on Tuesday October 2nd at the Woodward Park Regional Library, featuring an introductory discussion on the music of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. One of the greatest drummers in jazz history, Blakey had an explosive, dynamic sound that propelled jazz forward for over 50 years, and helped define a post war jazz style known as "hard bop." Perhaps even more than his drumming, Blakey is known best today as a band leader and mentor. His group, the Jazz Messengers, was an unofficial "university" of jazz, an important training ground dedicated almost exclusively to talented young jazz musicians, from the band's inception in the mid 1950's to Blakey's death in the early 1990's. The roster of "Jazz Messengers" reads like a who's who of jazz: Clifford Brown, Lou Donaldson, Kenny Dorham, Jackie McLean, Hank Mobley, Benny Golson, Donald Byrd, Lee Morgan, Bobby Timmons, Wayne Shorter, Freddie Hubbard, Cedar Walton, John Hicks, Keith Jarrett, Woody Shaw, Bobby Watson, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Terence Blanchard, Benny Green, and Javon Jackson. The discussion will feature an introduction to Blakey's music and the hard bop style he helped pioneer, and will be followed by a performance of some works associated with his groups.


Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers: The "University of Hard Bop"
Lecture / jazz performance - free

Tuesday October 2nd 2007 - 7:00pm

Woodward Park Regional Library

944 East Perrin Avenue, Fresno, CA 93720