Jazz @ the Library - Women in Jazz

Tuesday November 18th 2008 - 7:00 PM


Learn more about the rich legacy of women in jazz, with JazzFresno's monthly Jazz at the Library educational series of lectures and performances. From Mary Lou Williams to Marian McPartland to Maria Schneider, not to mention female vocal stars like Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan, women have a great tradition of being innovators in jazz. This is a free event.

Jazz at the Library - "Women in Jazz"
November 18th - 7:00 PM Woodward Park Regional Library
944 E Perrin Ave (Champlain & Perrin)

Jazz @ the Library - Japanese Americans in Jazz

Tuesday October 14 2008

 larryhondaLearn more about the rich history of Japanese American artists in jazz with a special lecture and performance by local jazz saxophonist and educator Larry Honda, Tuesday night October 14th at 7:00 PM at the Woodward Park Regional Library. Larry will be joined by Mike Dana, Brian Hamada and Nye Morton. Learn more about jazz artists of Japanese heritage from Toshiko Akyoshi to Hiromi with this special educational event, part of the monthly Jazz at the Library series (2nd Tuesday of every month) from JazzFresno.


Jazz at the Library - Japanese Americans In Jazz

Tuesday October 14th 2008 - 7:00 PM

Woodward Park Regional Library
944 E Perrin Ave

Jazz @ the Library - Jazz Guitar

Tuesday September 16th 2008

Learn more about jazz styles, artists, and eras with this free program held every month at the Woodward Park Regional Library. This month's event will be hosted by Mike Dana, and focus on the history of the guitar in jazz. Every month this program will feature a free discussion on a particular jazz topic. Later this year, the program will expand to other Fresno County Public Library branches. Many Jazz @ The Library events will also feature live music. The discussions all begin at 7:00 PM. A pre-discussion open house, with refreshments provided, will take place prior to each discussion event, beginning at 6:30 PM.
Woodward Park Regional Library - 944 Perrin Avenue - Fresno, CA (Champlain & Perrin)



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