Jazz @ the Library - The History of Brass Bands

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

Thomas Lake and the Viper City Brass Band will focus on the history of brass bands, their place in music history as well as their historical relevance, and preservation of the art form, and where it is going.

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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Ray Brinker featured at Central CA Day of Percussion, Saturday, April 30

Saturday April 30th @ Paul Shaghoian Concert Hall

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The California Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society is proud to present the 25th Annual Central California Day of Percussion, on Saturday, April 30th, 2016, at the beautiful Paul Shaghoian Concert Hall on the campus of Clovis North High School in Fresno. Our featured guest artist is world-renowned drummer Ray Brinker. Ray will present a drum-set clinic at 4:00 pm, and will perform with the Fresno State Jazz Orchestra at 5:30 pm. Tickets will be available at the door.

For general information please contact Dr. Matthew Darling, Percussion Studies
California State University, Fresno (559) 278-2840

Jazz @ the Library - Cal Tjader: The Man who Revolutionized Latin Jazz


JazzFresno and the Fresno County Public Libraries host (free and open to the public) Jazz @ the Library, Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Woodward Park Regional County Library located at 944 E. Perrin Ave. (Champlain & Perrin).

Tony Manjarrez, educator and jazz vibraphonist, will talk on the topic “Cal Tjader: The Man who Revolutionized Latin Jazz.” Vibraphone player Cal Tjader is best known for his pioneering Latin jazz. He was as successful in mainstream jazz as in Latin jazz. Tony will examine the course of Tjader’s career, how he managed to gain the respect of his peers in Latin music, sell large numbers of records, and fill clubs, concert halls and jazz festivals. Tony will be joined by David Aus, piano; Adan Infante, bass; Ron Catalano, saxophone/flute; Tony Shogren, timbales; Guadelupe Flores, congas.

2015 Central Valley Jazz Educators Conference



9 am - 3 pm 3385 E. Shields, Fresno


  • $50 in advance, $60 at the door for 
 JazzFresno, CMEA and CAJ members
  • $60 in advance, $65 at the door for non- members; includes JazzFresno 
 membership for new members only
  • $20 Students in advance
  • $25 Students day of conference

Register for the conference at the link below, then return to this page use the link to pay for your registration. If you would prefer to write a check, please make payable to JazzFresno and mail to: JazzFresno, PO Box 26071, Fresno, CA 93729


Jazz Educators Conference Registration