JazzFresno is pleased to present the Billy Hart Quartet on Tuesday, June 17 at 7:00 pm in the Bullard High School Theater.

The Billy Hart Quartet is:

William W. "Jabali" Hart, drums
Mark Turner, tenor saxophone
Ethan Iverson, piano
Ben Street, bass

Billy Hart has played and recorded with the Montgomery Brothers (1961), Jimmy Smith (1964-66), Wes Montgomery (1966-68), Herbie Hancock's sextet (1969-73), McCoy Tyner (1973-74), Stan Getz (1974-77), and Quest (1980s), in addition to extensive freelance playing (including recording with Miles Davis on 1972's "On the Corner").

The Billy Hart Quartet has been performing since 2003, mostly in New York at the Village Vanguard, the Jazz Standard, Fat Cat, Dizzy's, and Birdland.

According to pianist Ethan Iverson (The Bad Plus): "The first week it was billed as "The Ethan Iverson/Mark Turner Quartet." But after Billy asked it to be his band for a night for a gig in New Jersey, the other members unanimously voted to give it him permanently. There has never been any doubt that the right name was on the bill: At every gig, fans and musicians from all over the world come out to support a drummer who has engendered so much love and respect during so many years of touring, teaching, and living."

The second ECM album by the Billy Hart Quartet is a major musical statement, and one of the outstanding jazz albums of the season. The group's reach, already broad on 2011's widely-acclaimed "All Our Reasons," is yet more expansive here. Strong compositions - by leader-drummer Hart, tenorist Mark Turner and pianist Ethan Iverson reflect upon a wide swath of the music's history, and are distinguished by vivid and imaginative solos and wonderful interplay. A basic premise, that this should be a band in which the vastly-experienced Billy Hart gets to play everything he wants to play, has led to a sense of almost unlimited possibility for all participants. There is freedom and joy in this music, and tenderness, too, not least in the set's sole standard, a beautifully played version of "Some Enchanted Evening." Recorded in New York in 2013, and produced by Manfred Eicher.

Don't miss an amazing evening of jazz in an intimate 350-seat theater.

The Bob Mintzer Quartet

JazzFresno is proud to present THE BOB MINTZER QUARTET in concert on Wednesday, June 18 at 7:30 pm in the newly remodeled Bullard High Theater. Joining Mintzer will be fellow Yellowjackets member Russell Ferrante, piano; Edwin Livingston, bass; and Steve Schaeffer, drums.

In the jazz world, there isn't much that Bob Mintzer has not done. He's a 20-year member of the Grammy award winning Yellowjackets, leads his own Grammy winning large jazz ensemble, serves as the director of jazz studies at USC and performs with his own quartet. He's also written more than 200 big band arrangements and has 26 solo recordings with both big bands and small ensembles.

He honed his big band writing and playing skills in the bands of Tito Puente, Buddy Rich, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis. As an instrumentalist, Bob has worked with Art Blakey, Jaco Pastorius, Sam Jones, Randy Brecker, Gil Evans, the Yellowjackets, GRP All-Star Big Band, Mike Mainieri, The New York Philharmonic, to name a few. He has done session work for James Taylor, Steve Winwood, Queen, Donald Fagen, Milton Nascimento, and countless others.

Bob has recorded some 30 solo projects and was awarded with 4 Grammy Nominations and a Grammy Award for "Best Large Jazz Ensemble" recording in 2001 for "Homage to Count Basie" on the DMP label.

Opening for Mintzer will be the Milestones Summer Jazz Faculty Ensemble, a group that is comprised of many of the Valley's best jazz musicians including John Ayala, Mike Dana, Dale Engstrom, Richard Giddens, Brian Hamada, Larry Honda, Eva Scow and Craig VonBerg.

Don't miss this Grammy-winning artist performing in an intimate 350-seat venue. Proceeds from the concert benefit the Milestones Youth Jazz Workshop.

Tickets are also available at American Music Company, 2597 E Ashlan Ave, Fresno.

The event is sponsored in part by Andreas Eastman and American Music Company.