Education

Jazz @ the Library - River City Swing: Memphis Jazz in the Post-WWII Era

Thad & Mel

JazzFresno
and the Fresno County Public Libraries host (free and open to the public) Jazz @ the Library, Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the Woodward Park Regional County Library located at 944 E. Perrin Ave. (Champlain & Perrin).

Dr. Ray Briggs, ethnomusicologist and Assistant Director of Jazz Studies at California State University, Long Beach, will speak on the topic “River City Swing: Memphis Jazz in the Post-WWII Era,” drawn from his book on the history of jazz in Memphis (forthcoming from the University of Michigan Press). Often seen as the quintessential southern music city, Memphis, Tennessee has been celebrated as “Home of the Blues,” “The Birthplace of Rock and Roll” and a major source par excellence for soul music. This southern metropolis has stood historically as a mecca of musical innovation and creativity in the mid-south region. The jazz tradition in the city, however, has received scant attention. So impressed with the city’s prolific output of talented instrumentalists during its golden age of jazz (1940s-1950s), modern jazz icon Miles Davis once asked, “What were they doing down there when all them guys came through…?”

In response to this pressing question, this presentation will offer a brief overview of Memphis’ jazz legacy, with particular emphasis on the post-WWII era. In addition to highlighting significant individuals and their contributions to the local and national/international jazz scene, the session will uncover key connections between the jazz community and the city’s social and political infrastructure.

2011 Central Valley Jazz Educators Workshop - September 10, 2011

Bob AthaydeThe 2011 Central Valley Jazz Educators Workshop, presented by JazzFresno, will be held at Cherry Avenue Middle School, in Tulare, CA on Saturday September 10th, 2011 from 9:00 AM till 3:00 PM.  Celebrated SF Bay-Area jazz educator/performer Bob Athayde will be the featured clinician and will present educational workshops & demonstrations on a wide variety of jazz education topics. 


Registration is online only, available thru Monday Sept. 5.
After Monday Sept. 5th, walk-up registration is $60.
REGISTER EARLY!

Registration fees:

$40.00 (JazzFresno members)
$50.00 (non-JazzFresno members)
$25.00 (students)
$25.00 TKMEA sponsored only
Continental breakfast & lunch provided for all participants.

Cherry Avenue Middle School - Google Map link...


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Jazz @ the Library - Remembering the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Big Band

Thad & Mel

JazzFresno
and the Fresno County Public Libraries host (free and open to the public) Jazz @ the Library, Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the Woodward Park Regional County Library located at 944 E. Perrin Ave. (Champlain & Perrin).

An evening of hard-driving, big band jazz featuring the music of the legendary and ground-breaking Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Big Band. Members of the Jazz Composers Orchestra and friends will perform.

Les Nunes and Anne Hendrickson, presenters.


Fresno City College Hosts 21st Annual City Jazz Festival

March 24, 2011 - Fresno City College Theater


Bob Sheppard The 21st annual City Jazz Festival returns to Fresno City College on Thursday March 24, 2011. The event features dozens of performances by student groups during the day, plus a special evening awards concert with saxophonist/recording artist Bob Sheppard, the Fresno City College Jazz Ensemble, and the Sanctuary Band. Admission to the daytime performances is free; tickets for the 7:30 p.m. Awards Concert in the FCC Theatre are $15 general, $12 senior/JazzFresno member, and $10 student. For more information about the City Jazz Festival, contact the FCC Box Office at (559) 442-8221, or visit www.cityjazzfestival.com.

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Jazz @ the Library - Jenna Mammina & Rolf Sturm



JazzFresno
and the Fresno County Public Libraries host (free and open to the public) Jazz at the Library, Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the Woodward Park Regional County Library located at 944 E. Perrin Ave. (Champlain & Perrin).

This month will feature the music of vocalist Jenna Mammina & guitarist Rolf Sturm, in an intimate duet setting.

Jenna & Rolf first met in NYC at the very end of 1995 in a rehearsal for a rock orchestra called “Illuminati”. It was a 20 piece ensemble that was focused on the music of the Grateful Dead. The band toured the United States and Canada, recording and touring with a of couple members from the Grateful Dead (featuring many special guests along the way). Jenna & Rolf performed for a few years together in Illuminati and appeared on 3 of the band’s recordings.

During this time period, Jenna & Rolf talked about putting a duo together…. “someday”. But time passed and they both went on to have successful, independent careers. In January of 2014, Jenna came to NYC for a music conference and the two had tea to catch up on what they’d each been up to over the years. They decided that “someday” had arrived. Jenna returned to New York in June, they played their first gig together in 18 years, and went into the recording studio the next day. They recorded twelve tunes in a day and a half and then played a few more gigs in the NYC area, laying plans for making the duo a permanent ensemble. The recording they made, entitled “Spark”, was released in 2015. It is receiving nationwide radio play and the two have been touring almost every month since its release. They are happy to be performing so much and audiences are unanimous, this is a very special pairing.

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