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

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


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!

Every Sunday at Ooi Japanese Cuisine

Ooi Japanese Cuisine Local jazz educator, trombonist and occasional vocalist Les Nunes heads the lineup for the Sunday evening jazz jam sessions held weekly at Ooi Japanese Cuisine, located at 840 Herndon Ave., Clovis, CA 93612.

A rotating cadre of the area's best rhythm section players anchors the proceedings for the evening, and participation is highly encouraged. The music begins at 6:00pm.

(559) 323-4131