Education

Academic Decathlon Review Session

Walhberg crowd JazzFresno, in collaboration with the Fresno County Office of Education and the Music Department of California State University, Fresno, sponsored an informative and engaging review / listening session on January 20, 2011 at the Wahlberg Recital Hall, on the campus of CSU, Fresno.  Over 130 high school students, teachers, parents, and Academic Decathlon coaches from throughout the Central Valley attended this event.

 

The topic for the national 2010-2011 Academic Decathlon is "The Great Depression."  The music component covers "American Music of the 1930s: The Music of The Great Depression."  The sections covered were "Popular Song of the 1930s," "Blues & Jazz in the 1930s," "Classical Music of the 1930s," and an introductory lecture / discussion on basic elements of music theory.

 

The evening's presentations were conducted by a panel of music professors from CSU, Fresno.

 

Durst Hufft

Dr. Alan Durst, Director of Jazz Studies and saxophone.
Brad Hufft, professor of music theory, music history and composer.
Brian Hamada, professor of jazz history and jazz percussion.

Hamada

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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.

3rd Central Valley Jazz Educators Conference - September 11, 2010

bug Jazz Ed Conference 2008The 3rd Central Valley Jazz Educators Conference, presented by JazzFresno, returns to Kingsburg High School on Saturday September 11th, 2010 from 8:00 AM till 3:30 PM.  Members of the jazz group bug will be the featured artists/clinicians and will present educational workshops & demonstrations on a wide variety of jazz topics, as well as performing a special lunch time concert.  Walk-up registration is available.

Registration fees: $50.00 (JazzFresno members); $60.00 (non-JazzFresno members); $25.00 (student)
Continental breakfast & lunch provided for all participants.
2010 CVJEC online registration form...
Kingsburg High - Google Map link...


Featured Clinicians - Paul Lucckesi (Buchanan High School, Alta Sierra Intermediate)
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Peter Epstein (University of Nevada, Reno); James Miley (Willamette University, Salem, OR); Jeff Miley (Cuesta College); Roger Shew (Fullerton College); Brian Hamada (CSU Fresno).

Conference Sessions (proposed):
Score Interpretation; Teaching Basic Improvisation; Rehearsal Scheduling & Techniques; Choosing Your Charts/Reading Band; Rhythm Section: Styles & Concepts; Digital Musical Technology; Raffle / Closing Session

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Jazz @ the Library - Everything you need to know about music can be learned from 'Batman'

We Got The BeatJazzFresno and the Fresno County Public Libraries host (free and open to the public) Jazz @ the Library, Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the Woodward Park Regional County Library located at 944 E. Perrin Ave. (Champlain & Perrin).*

For the first presentation of 2016, We Got The Beat Youth Percussion Band, directed by Brenda Myers and Beyond The Beat, directed by Tony Manjarrez, will perform and demonstrate how they learn to play music. Students in grades 2nd through 11th play classic rock, Latin, Brazilian and jazz songs on marimbas, vibes and xylophones along with drum set and a full Latin drum section. There will be opportunities for audience participation. Come join the fun of learning the We Got The Beat way!

*(We regret that the originally scheduled presentation by Harvey Wainapel will not be offered this month due to illness - we hope to reschedule him at a future date. Thank you.)

Central Valley Jazz Educators Conference - September 13, 2008

Jazz Ed Conference 2008The 2nd Annual Central Valley Jazz Educators Conference, presented by JazzFresno returns to Kingsburg High School on Saturday September 13, 2008, from 8:00 AM till 3:30 PM. Top jazz educators from across California will present educational workshops on a wide variety of jazz topics, plus vendors, prizes and more. The registration deadline is September 5th.
CVJEC online registration form...
Kingsburg High - Google Map link...


Featured Clinicians:
Roger Shew, Fullerton College; Jamie Shew, Fullerton College; Dr. Lawrence Sutherland, CSU Fresno; Dale Engstrom, Fresno City College

Conference Sessions:
Digital Recording Solutions; Improvisation-Beyond the Blues Scale: A Vocabulary-Based Approach; Bass Fundamentals: Getting A Sound/ Bass Line Construction; New Music Reading Session; Sight Reading & Rehearsal Techniques; Vocalizing in Jazz Band Rehearsal; Raffle / Closing Session

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