Fresno City College has been the proud host of the City Jazz Festival since 1991. City Jazz is the largest and longest running non-competitive jazz festival in central California.  Schools from all levels (elementary though university) from throughout the state enjoy the outstanding guest artists, clinics, adjudicators, scholarships, and emphasis on jazz education that the festival provides. Past festivals have featured guests like Bob Mintzer, Bobby Shew, Ernie Watts, Jeff Hamilton, Anthony Wilson, Mike Manieri, Conrad Herwig, and many more. Over $100,000 in scholarships to various jazz programs has been awarded to outstanding student musicians.

Festival Schedule:

Thursday, March 29

Instrumental Jazz Ensemble performances
FCC Theatre: 8:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.
Free admission

Awards Concert with Ingrid Jensen FCC and FMCMEA Honors Jazz Ensembles

FCC Theatre - 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $10 General admission, $8 JazzFresno member $5 student/senior

Friday, March 30


JazzFresno VIP Reception
FCC Activities Center:  5:30 p.m. till 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $75 (includes concert, JazzFresno membership, and signed CD) - VIP TICKETS AVAILABLE THROUGH THE RIOS COMPANY 485-1320

Tierney Sutton Band Concert

FCC Theatre: 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20 General admission, $15 JazzFresno member/senior, $10 student

Saturday, March 31

Tierney Sutton Jazz Vocal Workshop
FCC Band Room (MS 135) 11:00 a.m.
Free admission

For more information visit or call
CONCERT INFO: (559) 442-4600 ext. 8463  TICKET INFO: (559) 442-8221 Sponsors: SCCC Foundation, Friends Of The Arts, FCC Music Department, Sheraton Four Points Hotel, American Music, Counterpoint Music, Fresno Arts Council Community Enrichment Program, Saint Agnes Medical Center, The Alvarado Group 


About Ingrid Jensen


Ingrid Jensen Born in Vancouver and raised in Nanaimo, Canada, Ingrid headed east after receiving a number of scholarships to attend the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Since graduating in 1989, her life has contained a whirlwind of musical activities. From her early days playing in the subways of New York, to establishing herself as a leader and soloist in a wide array of musical genres, Ingrid has made her mark. Her three CD's for the ENJA label won her nominations from the Canadian Juno Awards, including an award in 1995 for Vernal Fields.Her performances as a leader and as a featured soloist have taken her around the world from Canada to Japan, Australia, South America, the Caribbean and to almost every country in Europe and Scandinavia. Jensen can be heard with the Maria Schneider Orchestra, a number of other New York-based bands, as well as with her own groups. She has received rave reviews and a strong reputation among critics and peers. In 2003 she was nominated, for the second time, alongside trumpeter Dave Douglas for a Jazz Journalist Association Award in New York. A recent highlight was being featured on Gil Evans' Porgy and Bess at the San Francisco Jazz Festival, under the direction of Maria Schneider. She was also a guest in the festival's "Tribute to Woody Shaw and Freddie Hubbard", alongside Terence Blanchard, Eddie Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson and Kenny Garrett. Some of the many musicians she has performed and or recorded with include; Steve Wilson, Jeff 'Tain' Watts, Dr.Lonnie Smith, Marc Copland, Bob Berg, Gary Thomas, Gary Bartz, Jeff Hamilton, Bill Stewart, Terri-Lynn Carrington, Geoffrey Keezer, Billy Hart, George Garzone, Chris Connor, Victor Lewis, Clark Terry, and the DIVA Big Band.

Jensen is currently on faculty at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore. From 1990 until 1992 she was professor of Jazz Trumpet at the Bruckner Conservatory of Music and at the Hochshule for Musik in Berlin. Jensen continues to fill her schedule with an astonishing array of artistic creativity as a performer and educator. In addition to performing, she conducts master classes, clinics, and workshops. Her current summer workshops include positions at the Salzburg Jazz Seminar, the Centrum Jazz Camp at Port Townsend, and The Brubeck Institute.


About Tierney Sutton:

Active Image In a world of overnight sensations, jazz vocalist Tierney Sutton’s success has come from the road less traveled. A decision in the mid ’90s to move to Southern California from her New England home resulted in a decade-long collaboration with her current band mates. A Wisconsin-born choir girl, unexposed to jazz until college, Tierney eventually found the best of the best – collaborators with their own impressive jazz pedigrees, from Natalie Cole to Diana Krall, from Ray Charles to Randy Brecker – pianist Christian Jacob, bassists Trey Henry and Kevin Axt, and drummer Ray Brinker. Ten years and six critically acclaimed CDs later, Tierney and her band demonstrate what collective consultation and dedicated teamwork can achieve. Reviewers repeatedly say that audiences experience a rare and powerful harmony, achieved by humble performers at the top of their game. The road less traveled in an impatient world.

A versatile studio singer as well as premiere entertainer, Tierney’s voice was recently featured on Lions Gate’s hit film The Cooler, starring William H. Macy and Alec Baldwin. She can also be heard in Paramount’s Twisted, starring Samuel L. Jackson, Andy Garcia and Ashley Judd. And in 2004, Tierney and her band scored the independent feature film Blue in Green, which was released by the Unica Project. Tierney’s unique voice is also regularly featured in commercials representing such organizations as BMW, Coca Cola, Dodge and J.C. Penney.

Educated at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Tierney became a semi-finalist in the Thelonious Monk Jazz Vocal Competition in 1998. Her first solo CD, Introducing Tierney Sutton (1999), was released to rave reviews and nominated for a 1999 Indie Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Later that year, Tierney signed with the Telarc Jazz label. On Unsung Heroes, released in March 2000, she took popular jazz standards that are usually performed instrumentally (Joe Henderson’s “Recordame,” Clifford Brown’s “Joy Spring,” Wayne Shorter’s “Speak No Evil,” Dizzy Gillespie’s “Con Alma” and others) and recorded them with vocals. Soon she became one of the critics’ most talked about jazz musicians. Tierney’s second Telarc project, Blue in Green, released in June 2001, was an album of music written by or associated with pianist Bill Evans. Featuring fourteen incredible performances from Tierney and her working trio, Blue in Green even included a guest appearance by former Evans drummer Joe La Barbera.

Something Cool, released in September 2002, quickly rose to #1 on the jazz charts and continues to garner extensive airplay across the U.S. and Europe. This adventurous recording includes a swinging rendition of “Route 66,” Lerner and Loewe’s “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly,” “I’ve Grown Accustomed To His Face” and “Show Me,” Willie Nelson’s “Crazy,” and a fresh arrangement of “Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead,” one of Tierney’s concert favorites.

In March 2004, with the release of Dancing in the Dark, which debuted in the Billboard Jazz top ten and remained on the charts for over 15 weeks, Sutton completed one of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful runs in the history of New York’s legendary Oak Room. The packed houses at the Oak Room and the rave reviews she received eventually led to her February 2005 Carnegie Hall debut with the New York Pops. In March 2005, Tierney and her band performed in front of a select audience of friends and fans at Birdland in New York City. Produced by Elaine Martone, I’m with the Band is Tierney’s first live recording and her fifth Telarc release. The set list on I’m with the Band is a Tierney Sutton fan’s dream-come-true, featuring never before recorded material from throughout her career. And live, Tierney simply cannot be beat, because as great as she is in the studio, it’s on stage where she really lights up. In June 2005, Tierney won JazzWeek’s Vocalist of the Year Award. An active educator, she has served in the Jazz Studies Department at the University of Southern California, as well as giving workshops and clinics throughout the world.