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 7, 2012, 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)

FCC Jazz Ensemble, directed by Mike Dana. This award-winning band recently performed with Mark Levine & the Latin Tinge, and recently completed a tour of Southern California including a featured appearance at the Oceanside Jazz Festival. Their set includes contemporary jazz, standards, and even two Radiohead songs.

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 8, 2012, 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)

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 the Cuesta College Central Coast Jazz Festival, and more recently at the newly refurbished Old Administration Building Auditorium. Their set includes blues, Brazilian, and jazz standards, along with music by Esperanza Spalding, Stevie Wonder, and The Beatles.

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 at (559) 442-4600 ext. 8463 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thursday March 29th, 2012, 7:30 p.m. - Fresno City College Theater

Awards Concert featuring Mark Levine and the Latin Tinge & 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 22nd annual City Jazz Festival returns to Fresno City College on Thursday March 29, 2012.

The event features performances by student groups during the day, plus a special evening awards concert with pianist/recording artist Mark Levine and the Latin Tinge and the Fresno City College Jazz Ensemble. 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit

Mark Levine

Mark Levine

Mark began playing jazz as a teenager in Daytona Beach, Florida. He continued his education in Boston and New York before moving to California in 1966. He spent significant time working with Woody Shaw, Joe Henderson, Blue Mitchell, and Harold Land, composing all the while. His interest in Latin jazz led to work with Mongo Santamaria, Willie Bobo, and Cal Tjader (including Cal's Grammy-winning Concord Jazz recording "La Onda Va Bien"). Mark has continued to pursue the Latin side of his craft, attending Centro Nacional de Escuela de Arte in Havana, Cuba in 1997. In addition to the jazz artists mentioned above, Mark has played/recorded with Bobby Hutcherson, Freddie Hubbard, Tito Puente, Milt Jackson, James Moody, Art Farmer, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Fortune, Eddie Harris, and many more.

As an educator, Mark authored "The Jazz Piano Book," which has become the bible for jazz pianists all over the world. It is available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese and Korean. In 1996, he completed The Jazz Theory Book," with similar success. Mark's faculty affiliations include the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, University of California, Berkeley, Stanford Jazz Workshop, and many more. He has also served as artist in residence at schools in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Colombia, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Italy, Iceland, Mexico, Sweden, New Zealand, Switzerland, and Wales. We are truly honored to have a performer, composer, and educator of Mark's stature at this year's City Jazz Festival.

February 24-25, 2012 - Paul Shaghoian Concert Hall

SJVJF 2012

Friday February 24, 2012; 7:30 p.m.

Gilbert Castellanos B-3 Quartet

with Anthony Wilson, guitar; Joe Bagg, Hammond B-3; Mark Ferber, drums

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

Saturday February 25, 2012; 8:00 p.m.

Ben Allison Group

with Steve Cardenas, guitar; Nate Smith, drums

$20 general/$18 Seniors/JazzFresno members/$15 student (w/ID)

Tickets available online:
Paul Shaghoian Concert Hall
2770 E. International Ave.
Fresno, CA 93720

The San Joaquin Valley Jazz Festival was founded in 1989 by Paul Shaghoian. After being held at the D&D Ranch in Madera, CA, it was moved to San Joaquin Memorial High School, and finally to Buchanan High School in 1992. During the festival’s 23 years in existence the central valley has seen some of the nation’s top musicians and jazz educators during its numerous two-day runs in February. Such notables have included educators, Larry Sutherland, Gene Aitken, Neil Slater, George Stone, Aaron Lington and James Miley, to name a few.

The performance line-ups have been a virtual "who’s who" of jazz performers throughout the state and nation and have included Bobby Shew, Frank Mantooth, Jim Snidero, Glenn Kostur, Jeff Uusitalo, Carl Saunders, Gary Hobbs, Dave Riekenburg, John Gove, Lanny Morgan, Tim Ries, Michael Davis, Brian Lynch, Peter Epstein, Terell Stafford, David Binney, Kneebody and the John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble.

Saturday (day only): for all spectators, including parents, bus drivers, chaperones:
$10 - General ; $5 College Students on assignment (must show valid student ID for discount)
Tickets are available at the door

Wednesday January 25th, 2012, 7:30 p.m. - Fresno City College Theater

$22 general / $18 JazzFresno members/seniors / $15 students w/ID

Gretchen Parlato“transfixing” - New York Times

“the most original jazz singer in a generation” - Boston Globe

Jazz vocalist Gretchen Parlato will perform at the Fresno City College Theatre on Wednesday, January 25 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, priced at $22, $18, and $15 are available at the FCC Box Office (559) 442-8221 or online. Proceeds benefit FCC jazz performance and scholarship funds.

Ms. Parlato (par-LAH-to) is a rising star in the jazz world. She is a 2011 Grammy nominee, and her current release, “The Lost and Found,” tops many jazz charts. Her eclectic and intensely personal style infuses her performances, which include jazz, Brazilian, and pop (Bjork, Stevie Wonder) material.

Ms. Parlato will also offer a jazz vocal workshop Tuesday January 24 @ 4:00 pm in the FCC Recital Hall (MS 132.) The workshop is free. (Campus parking is enforced.)

The concert is presented by the FCC Music Department, JazzFresno, and the State Center Community College Foundation.
The FCC Theatre is located on the campus of Fresno City College, 1101 E. University Avenue, Fresno, CA.

Additional background information on Ms. Parlato:

with Will Vinson - alto saxophone, Joe Martin - bass, and Mark Ferber - drums
Tuesday January 24th, 2012, 7:30 p.m. - Paul Shaghoian Concert Hall

$15 general / $12 JazzFresno members/seniors / $10 students w/ID

Jonathan Kreisberg“there can be no doubting that this guitarist is a major talent to keep our eyes on; in fact we may be witnessing the future of jazz guitar in the worthy hands of Jonathan Kreisberg” - Brad Walseth--Jazz Chicago

A world class jazz quartet from New York, led by guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg, performs in Fresno Tuesday night, January 24th, 2012.

Born in New York City, guitarist and composer Jonathan Kreisberg has fond memories of a childhood steeped in music. “I was lucky to grow up in a household that had a great and wide-ranging record collection, including Coltrane’s "My Favorite Things," John Williams playing the ‘Aranjuez Concierto’ and Cream’s "Disraeli Gears,” he recalls.

Jonathan has worked in the bands of many greats including Joe Locke, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Joel Frahm, Greg Tardy, Roy Nathanson, Donald Edwards, Jane Monheit, Ari Hoenig, Yosvany Terry, and Lenny White. He has also led groups of various instrumentations featuring artists such as Bill Stewart, Larry Grenadier, and Scott Wendholt. He has recorded eight CDs as a leader, including his newest release, Shadowless (2011)

Although based in New York City, Jonathan can be seen on tour worldwide. Along with North American performances, he recently completed successful tours of Spain, Portugal, Denmark, Finland, and Japan. With return visits to these countries as well as tours of Germany and Italy, Jonathan is steadily becoming a figure on the international jazz scene.

Jonathan will be joined by his working quartet from New York, featuring Will Vinson on alto saxophone, Joe Martin on bass, and Mark Ferber on drums.

Buchanan High School Jazz Band A, Paul Lucckesi, Director, will open the concert.
Paul Shaghoian Concert Hall @ Clovis North High School 2770 E. International Ave., Fresno, CA

Tickets are available for purchase online.
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