Events

Monday October 5, 2015, 8:00 p.m. - CSUF Dept. of Music Concert Hall

 

$7 general / $6 staff/seniors / $5 students w/ID

 

JAZZ COMPOSERS ORCHESTRA IN CONCERT WITH CSUF JAZZ ORCHESTRA

 

JCO Concert 2015The Jazz Composers Orchestra, one of the premiere jazz groups in the Valley, will open its 2015 season on Monday, October 5, with a performance at the CSUF Concert Hall at 8:00 p.m. The Fresno State Jazz Orchestra, directed by Dr. Alan Durst will open the program. Tickets are priced from $5 to $7, and can be purchased at the door.

The JCO is a group of the finest jazz performers, composers, and educators in central California. Mike Dana, head of Jazz Studies at Fresno City College, founded the group in 2004. The JCO has performed at the International Association for Jazz Education conference, and has accompanied jazz vocalist Kevin Mahogany and Rolling Stones saxophonist Tim Ries.

Fans of the JCO know the band for its adventurous and original music, with many of the group’s compositions coming from within its own ranks. This performance will be no exception. The group will perform several exciting new compositions, and premier a new arrangement of a Duke Ellington classic by JCO member Joe Lewis.

The roster (below) reads like a “who’s who” of jazz in the Valley. Members include music faculty at FCC, CSU, Fresno, and many other valley schools. All play professionally as well, and have performed with an impressive lineup of jazz and pop artists. Members of the JCO include:

Members of the JCO include:
Saxophones: John Ayala, Steve Dailey, Larry Honda, Paul Lucckesi, Steve Madden
Trumpets: Dale Engstrom, Thomas Lake, Joe Lewis, Mark Prather, Gavin Torgerson
Trombones: Adan Infante, Les Nunes, Eric Sherbon, Spencer Hannibal-Smith
Rhythm section: David Aus (piano, keyboards), Mike Dana (guitar), Brian Hamada (drums), Joe Lizama (vibes/percussion), Rodney Yokota (bass)

Tickets available at the Fresno State Music Dept. box office.
For additional information on the Jazz Composers Orchestra, please contact the director, Mike Dana, at: (559) 429-JAZZ [5299] or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (email)

FCC Jazz

The Fresno City College Music Department will present four of its top jazz groups in a two-night concert series at Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater in Fresno’s Tower District. It has been a busy year for the FCC jazz program, with many successful concerts and festival performances. This jazz “double header” presents these outstanding musicians in a casual, jazz club setting—a perfect way to wrap up the school year.

Monday May 11, 2015, 7:30 p.m. - Roger Rocka's Dinner Theater

$12 general / $10 JazzFresno members/seniors/students (doors open at 6:00 p.m. for dinner, appetizers - see below)

FCC Jazz Ensemble, directed by Mike Dana. This award-winning band recently performed with Grammy-winning saxophonist Eric Marienthal. Their set includes contemporary jazz, standards, funk, and ballads.

FCC Jazz Combos, directed by Larry Honda. These small groups feature many of FCC’s top jazz players, performing original compositions and arrangements of jazz standards.

 

Tuesday May 12, 2015, 7:30 p.m. - Roger Rocka's Dinner Theater

$12 general / $10 JazzFresno members/seniors/students (doors open at 6:00 p.m. for dinner, appetizers - see below)

FCC Latin Jazz Ensemble, directed by George Ramirez. An all-star percussion section drives this exciting group, which was featured at the City Jazz Festival and performs regularly in the Fresno area.

FCC Jazz Singers, directed by Julie and Mike Dana. The Jazz Singers have performed at both the Cuesta and Oceanside Jazz Festivals, and recently at the FCC Jazz Showcase as part of the Jazz Hop. Their performance will include exciting Brazilian tunes, funky jazz classics, and great standards from the American Songbook.


The relaxed, informal setting at Roger Rocka’s makes it a great venue for jazz. In addition, dinner, appetizers, and beverages will be available from 6:00 p.m., making the two evenings even more of a celebration. (Note: dinner is not included in the ticket price.)

Admission for each night’s performance is $12 general, $10 student/senior/JazzFresno members. For tickets, contact the Dinner Theater box office at (559) 266-9494. Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater is located at 1226 N. Wishon, just north of Olive Ave. in Fresno.

For more information on these performances please contact Mike Dana (559) 442-4600 ext. 8463 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

JCO Bakersfield
The Jazz Composers Orchestra, one of the premiere jazz groups in the Valley, will present its first-ever concert in Bakersfield on Monday, November 2, with a 7:00 pm performance at the Metro Galleries, 1609 19th Street. The CSU Bakersfield Jazz Workshop will open the program. Tickets are priced at $10 general. $5 senior, and can be purchased at the door. As part of the JCO’s commitment to jazz education, students will be admitted for free.

The JCO is a group of the finest jazz performers, composers, and educators in central California. Mike Dana, head of Jazz Studies at Fresno City College, founded the group in 2004. The JCO has performed at the International Association for Jazz Education conference, and has accompanied jazz vocalist Kevin Mahogany and Rolling Stones saxophonist Tim Ries.

Fans of the JCO know the band for its adventurous and original music, with many of the group’s compositions coming from within its own ranks. This performance will be no exception. The group will perform an eclectic set, including the music of jazz legends Duke Ellington and Thad Jones, Argentine tango composer Astor Piazzolla, and jazz fusion guitarist John Scofield.

The roster (below) reads like a “who’s who” of jazz in the Valley. Members include music faculty at FCC, CSU Fresno, and many other valley schools. All play professionally as well, and have performed with an impressive lineup of jazz and pop artists. Members of the JCO include:

Saxophones: John Ayala, Steve Dailey, Larry Honda, Paul Lucckesi, Steve Madden.
Trumpets: Dale Engstrom, Tom Lake, Joe Lewis, Mark Prather, Gavin Torgerson
Trombones: Spencer Hannibal-Smith, Adan Infante, Les Nunes, Eric Sherbon
Rhythm section: David Aus (piano), Mike Dana (director, guitar), Brian Hamada (drums), Rodney Yokota (bass).

•For venue and ticket information info, please contact Jim Scully at (661) 654-2511

•For info on the JCO, contact Mike Dana at (559) 429-JAZZ (5299) or [email protected]e.edu.

•Follow the JCO on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/FCCJCO?fref=ts

Awards Concert featuring Eric Marienthal & the Fresno City College Jazz Ensemble, Mike Dana, dir.

$15 general/$12 Seniors/JazzFresno members/$10 student (w/ID)


Tickets for the evening awards concert available for purchase online. FCC Box Office: (559) 442-8221

The 25th annual City Jazz Festival returns to Fresno City College on Thursday, March 19th, 2015.

The event features performances by student groups during the day, plus a special evening awards concert with jazz saxophone virtuoso Eric Marienthal with the Fresno City College Jazz Ensemble, and the Festival All-Stars. Admission to the daytime student performances (8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.) is free; tickets for the 7:30 p.m. awards concert in the FCC Theatre are $15 general, $12 senior/JazzFresno member, and $10 student.

For more information about the City Jazz Festival, contact Mike Dana at (559) 442-4600 ext. 8463 or visit www.cityjazzfestival.com
City Jazz 2015

February 27-28, 2015 - Paul Shaghoian Concert Hall

SJVJF 2015
Friday February 28, 2015; 8:00 p.m.

Katisse

with Katisse Buckingham, alto sax, flute, vocals; Anne Hauter, trumpet, vocal; Dennis Hamm, keyboards; Jerry Watts, Jr., bass; Chaun Horton, drums

$15 general/$12 Seniors/JazzFresno members/$10 student (w/ID)

Tickets available online: http://www.sjvjf.net/
Paul Shaghoian Concert Hall
2770 E. International Ave.
Fresno, CA 93720

The blend of Jazz and Hip Hop has greatly evolved throughout the years, but the roles remain divided. As the composer, instrumentalist, lyricist, and MC, Katisse embodies the converging point of America’s two greatest musical genres.

Playing tenor, alto, soprano saxophones, flute and alto flute, Katisse Buckingham combines heavyweight musicianship with poetry and spoken word to create a flow that often leaves listeners in awe. Growing up in Los Angeles, he cites Miles Davis, Run DMC, Malcolm Mclaren, and Weather Report as equally important early influences. Attending the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts as a theatre major, Katisse further developed his love for spoken word, poetry, and rhyme schemes. College took him to The Grove School of Music where he studied with multi Grammy winner, Rob McConnell. He also studied extensively with woodwind master Bill Green.

Katisse has performed and/or recorded with Yellowjackets, Prince, Billy Childs, Dr. Dre, Herbie Hancock, Roy Ayers, Andy Summers, Airto & Flora Purim, LA Guitar Quartet, Brian Auger, Amos Lee, Strunz & Farah, Colin Hay, Poncho Sanchez, Don Grusin, Lionel Richie, Pete Yorn, and Vanessa Paradis, among many others. He has played on numerous films including the “Jazz Flute” scene for the Will Ferrell film, Anchorman- The Legend of Ron Burgundy, the Golden Globe winning score to the Robert Redford film, All Is Lost, and is a featured soloist on the Universal Pictures animated film, Minions.

Aside from his work as a solo artist, Katisse plays regularly with The Zawinul Legacy Band, Billy Childs Quartet, The Left Side Sax Alliance, John Daversa Small Band, Steve Weingart Group, Strunz & Farah, Alan Ferber Big Band, Full Time Fools (with Jimmy Haslip, Otmaro Ruiz, Luis Conte, and Jimmy Branly), Paul Pesco, Down to the Bone, Sir Sultry Quintet, Russ Irwin (Aerosmith), VOCE (Vardan Ovsepian Chamber Ensemble), Scott Kinsey Hard Ensemble, Andy Waddell Group, Loston Harris Trio, Marcel Camargo’s “The Brazil You Never Heard”, among others. Katisse also leads The Oddsemble - a group he started that focuses on playing jazz standards in 11/8, 13/8, 15/8, and 17/8 time signatures. Katisse is an adjunct faculty member at Cal State University Northridge.

Featured Saturday Night Concert:

• Sat. February 28 KATISSE (The Katisse Buckingham Group)
Clovis North High School
Paul Shaghoian Concert Hall
2770 E. International Ave.
Fresno, CA

Tickets: $15; $12 Seniors & JazzFresno Members; $10 Students.

About the San Joaquin Valley Jazz Festival

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Performances all day - both days)
Tickets: $10 one day festival pass; $15 two day festival pass (does not include night concert)
$30 VIP pass (both days admission and Saturday night concert)
Student groups from throughout California perform and receive workshops from some of the finest jazz educators in the country
http://www.sjvjf.net/