Events

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.
Also visit www.becjazz.org for more information.

Monday December 5, 2011, 7:30 p.m. - Roger Rocka's Dinner Theater


$18 general / $15 JazzFresno members & seniors / $10 students w/ID

JAZZ COMPOSERS ORCHESTRA GOES INTERNATIONAL



JCO RR flyer 2011The Jazz Composers Orchestra will perform its final concert of the year on Monday, December 5, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. at Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater in Fresno’s Tower District.


Fans of the “JCO” know the band for its adventurous and original music. This season’s concert continues that tradition, with music from the Yellowjackets, original compositions from Swedish, German, and Canadian jazz composers, and a “first”– the band's first performance of a Jimi Hendrix tune!

The Jazz Composers Orchestra is an all-star 19-piece ensemble directed by Mike Dana, head of the jazz studies program at Fresno City College. 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.

Read more: Fresno City College Jazz Composers Orchestra Annual Holiday Concert

Tuesday December 6, 2011, 7:30 p.m. - Bullard High School Theater


$10 general / $7 JazzFresno members + students w/ID

with the Bullard Jazz Ensembles & the JazzFresno All-Stars

 
Bob McChesneyFreddie Hubbard says, "The most incredible trombone playing I've heard in a long, long time."

Trombonist Bob McChesney is well known for his emotional delivery and fast technique and has been featured in many big bands and on many CDs. A prominent fixture in the studios of Los Angeles, Bob can be heard on various television shows such as The Simpsons and The King of the Hill, Looney Tunes cartoons, and on motion picture scores such as Rush Hour 2, Bringing Down the House, Soldier and The Siege. Bob was a featured soloist at the 2001 International Trombone Festival in Nashville, Tennessee. Around L.A. he performs live with The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, The Bob Florence Limited Edition Big Band and with his own jazz quartet.

A passionate performer and enthusiastic teacher, Bob is in demand as a clinician and guest soloist at schools and universities worldwide. He gives masterclasses on trombone technique, jazz improvisation and doodle tonguing.

1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th Sundays of the Month at Tokyo Garden

tokyo garden Since 2003, local jazz fans and musicians have had a home at one of Fresno's longtime restaurants and independent music venues, Tokyo Garden, located at 1711 Fulton Street in downtown Fresno.

On the first Sunday of every month, local pianist and jazz educator Craig Von Berg hosts a jam session with his trio, featuring John Lauffenburger on bass and Brian Hamada on drums. On the second Sunday, saxophonist Tim Shaghoian leads the sessions, featuring guest artists.  On the third Sunday of the month, jazz guitarist and director of Jazz Studies at Fresno City College, Mike Dana hosts the session with his band. On the fourth Sunday of the month the jam is hosted by pianist David Aus. The sessions begin at 6:00pm.

(559) 268-3596

Read more: Tokyo Garden Jazz Jam Sessions

Tuesday February 14, 2012, 6:30 p.m. - Roger Rocka's Dinner Theater, Fresno, CA


Admission is $30 per Couple, $20.00 General.
Dinner & Beverages available for purchase, (559) 266-9494 (18 and over)
Steve Alcalá’s Rumba 32 will present a Latin Jazz Valentine Dinner/Concert featuring special guest vocalist Bob Bergthold on February 14th, 2012.
Rumba 32 has been a long-standing latin jazz ensemble in the Central Valley.
Spend a night out with this incredible group and enjoy a fantastic meal at Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theatre.
This event usually sells out, so be sure to get your tickets as soon as possible!