Sunday May 1, 2011, 7:00 p.m. - Bethel Lutheran Church

free admission


Baritone saxophonist Gary Smulyan will be the special musical guest at May jazz mass at Bethel Lutheran Church in Fresno. The multi-Grammy award winner is an alumnus of the Woody Herman Band and the Mel Lewis Orchestra, and is a member of the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. May's jazz mass theme is "So What." The Bethel Jazz Ensemble will perform the music of Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Conrad Herwig, Russell Ferrante, and more. With saxes Gene Doi and John Ayala, trumpeter Justin Copeland, trombonist Les Nunes, vocalist Debi Ruud, bassist Nye Morton, drummer Gary Newmark, and music director/pianist David Aus.

Friday April 1, 2011 - Fulton 55 Club

with the Fresno Jazz Composers Orchestra


Advance tickets : $16.00, available at The Iron Bird Cafe (cash only), The Laundry Room, and Fulton 55 (559) 412-7400.

JazzFresno Members : $12.00, available only at Sierra Nut House, 7901 N. Blackstone Avenue, Fresno, CA (559) 432-4023

Tim Ries Saxophonist Tim Ries has distinguished himself as one of the most sought after soloists, composers, arrangers and clinicians in the music business. Since moving to New York in 1986, he has worked with a virtual who’s who of jazz, classical, pop and rock icons including his most recent employers, The Rolling Stones, with whom he has toured and recorded since 1999. He began his professional career in 1983 with the great Maynard Ferguson, touring with the trumpet legend for two years.

Other performance and recording credits include: Stevie Wonder, Donald Fagen, Lyle Lovett, Sheryl Crow, Incognito, Blood Sweat & Tears, Rod Stewart, Paul Simon, Donald Byrd, Chico Hamilton, Phil Woods, Joe Henderson, Tom Harrell, Al Foster, Michael Brecker, Dave Liebman, Louie Belson, John Patitucci, Maria Schneider and the Prism Saxophone Quartet.

jcoplaymdcondThe Jazz Composers Orchestra will perform its final concert of the year on Monday, December 6, 2010 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 the premiere of original compositions by Joe Lewis and David Swigart, and featuring the music of Horace Silver, McCoy Tyner, and Vince Mendoza. The concert will also feature a guest appearance by jazz mandolinist Eva Scow on Chuck Owen’s “E -Ticket”. JCO Director Mike Dana notes “If you remember what an E ticket ride a Disneyland was like, you’ll have a sense of this tune—non-stop excitement from start to finish!” The Jazz Composers Orchestra is 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. Dana: “These are some of the best jazz musicians around. There’s nothing like hearing a twenty-piece big band come roaring at you!”

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

March 4-5, 2011

SJVJF 2011

Jeff Hamilton Trio

Friday March 4, 2011; 7:30 p.m.
$15 general/$10 Seniors/JazzFresno members/$8 student (w/ID)
Paul Shaghoian Concert Hall

Karen Marguth & Espacio

Saturday March 5, 2011; 12:00 p.m.
$10 general/$5 student (w/valid ID)
Buchanan High School
Multi-Purpose Room
1560 N. Minnewawa Ave., Clovis, CA

John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble

Saturday March 5, 2011; 7:30 p.m.
$20 general/$15 Seniors/JazzFresno members/$10 student (w/ID)
Paul Shaghoian Concert Hall


Featuring the Armen Nalbandian Trio

Armen NalbandianArmen Nalbandian presents the first Rhythms of Art Concert of 2007, Thursday night January 25th, at the Fresno Art Museum's Bonner Auditorium. This concert not only returns Nalbandianto writing original compositions inspired by the Fresno Art Museum's exhibited art but also is the first R.O.A. concert to strictly feature his acclaimed trio with Brian Hamada & Kevin Hill since June 2006. This concert will feature Nalbandian's compositions inspired by the paintings of Lisa Esherick. The concert will feature both configurations of the Armen Nalbandian Trio: one with acoustic piano and the other with the Fender Rhodes mechanical piano. The concert will also feature singer/songwriter Julia Dawn in soloperformance and in a duet setting with Nalbandian. This concert also marks a special collaboration between Armen Nalbandianand The ONE Campaign. Nalbandian has declared that all proceeds from this concert will go to benefit the ONE Campaign which to fight the emergency of global AIDS and extreme poverty.
Rhythms of Art Concert - Thursday January 25th - 7:00pm
The Fresno Art Museum's
Bonner Auditorium - 2233 N. First Street  - Between McKinley and Clinton at Radio Park
$10 FAM members; $5 Children 12 & under; $15 Non-members - To purchase tickets or for more information call (559) 441-4221