Presented by Fresno City College and JazzFresno

Donald Harrison New Orleans based saxophonist and famed Mardi Gras Indian tribe "chief" Donald Harrison blazes new trails in contemporary jazz with his "nouveau swing" concept - mixing tradition New Orleans second line, bebop,  swing, funk and hip-hop rhythms into a unique new jazz sound. A former member of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, and the Harrison/Blanchard Quintet (with Terence Blanchard), he rose to fame in the jazz "renaissance" of the 1980’s, and remains a strong force today. An active resident of the Crescent City and a strong advocate for its post-Katrina rebirth, Harrison was named "Person of the Year" by Jazziz Magazine in January 2007. He was featured in Spike Lee's film "When the Levees Broke."
Listen to an interview with Donald Harrison from 90.7 KFSR... (MP3 download)


Tickets are on sale now at the Fresno City College Box Office - 442-8221
Support for this event comes in part from the Community Enrichment Program, administered by the Fresno Arts Council.

Wednesday October 10th - Sunnyside Performing Arts Center

Javon JacksonThe spirit of the Jazz Messengers will be in the house when saxophonist Javon Jackson and pianist Benny Green take to the stage of the Sunnyside Performing Arts Center on October 10th in a special concert presented by JazzFresno.  Two of the top musicians of their generation, Jackson and Green both got their "big breaks" in jazz when they joined drummer Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers in the late 1980's, a group often called the unofficial "university" of hard bop. Both have gone on to become among the top jazz musicians of their generation, building their own sound upon the rich traditions of jazz. In this new group, the Jackson/Green Project, they're joined by another legendary drummer, Al Foster, who has been the drummer of choice for jazz stars including McCoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock, Joe Henderson and Miles Davis. Expect a brilliant evening of jazz at its highest level.

"...for what I wanted in a drummer, Al Foster had all of it."- Miles Davis

"Benny Green could be the monster pianist of the 21st century" -  Joanne Brackeen

"One of the fresh, creative voices on the scene today" - Ramsey Lewis on Javon Jackson
Listen to 90.7 KFSR's interview with Javon Jackson... (MP3)

The Jackson/Green Project featuring Al Foster
Wednesday October 10th 2007 - 7:30pm
Sunnyside Performing Arts Center
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1019 S Peach Ave - Fresno, CA 93727
Tickets $20 for JazzFresno Members & students / $24 general
Ticket Locations: Sunnyside High Office, Sierra Nut House Villagio, Tower Theatre Box Office

Read more: The Javon Jackson / Benny Green Project featuring Al Foster

Presented by Roosevelt School of the Arts & JazzFresno

Poncho SanchezLatin jazz legend and GRAMMY award winner Poncho Sanchez returns to Fresno Thursday night February 21st for a special concert at the Roosevelt High School Auditorium. Dubbed the "King of Latin Jazz" by JazzTimes Magazine in 2001, Poncho Sanchez has thrilled legions of fans worldwide with his infectious and accessible mix of latin jazz and salsa . A master conguero who also leads one of the tightest ensembles in jazz today, Sanchez mixes Afro-Cuban rhythms with influences from soul to funk. Inspired by the conga playing of Cuban great Mongo Santamaria, he honed his skills as a percussionist and broke into the limelight at the age of 23 when he joined vibraphonist Cal Tjader's famed Latin jazz ensemble in 1975. Poncho performed with him until Tjader's untimely death in 1982. A year later, he began his unprecedented 23-year relationship with Concord Records, which has produced two dozen recordings, a GRAMMY® Award and several GRAMMY nominations.

Poncho Sanchez
Thursday February 21, 2008 - 7:00pm
Roosevelt High School Auditorium - 4250 E. Tulare Street - Fresno, CA

Tickets: $25 general / $20 JazzFresno members; students; seniors
Tickets are on sale now at the RSA office; the Tower Theatre Box Office and the Sierra Nut House Villagio.

Friday October 27th @ Fresno State - 7:30pm

BUG BUG is the accidental brainchild of Brian Hamada. Following a successful 2004 performance at the Cuesta College Central Coast Jazz Festival in San Luis Obispo of the Peter Epstein Quartet (featuring Jeff Miley, Roger Shew and Brian Hamada), James Miley (then director of jazz studies at Cuesta College) began scheming ways to bring the group together again. A date was secured, the band members confirmed, and then James got the idea that it would be fun to take on a new faculty position at Virginia Tech and move 2600 miles due east. Rather than allow the gig to fall through, James decided to heed Brian Hamada's repeated insistence that he (Miley) play with the group--and ended up booking a few more dates in Southern California so he could fly out from the east coast to "sit in" on piano and bring along a few new tunes in the process. The rest is history. A typical set list might include anything from Radiohead to Monk to ABBA in addition to originals by Miley, Miley and Epstein.


Wahlberg Recital Hall, CSU Fresno, 2380 East Keats Avenue, Fresno

Cost: $6.00 General; $3.00 Faculty/Staff/Seniors/Students


Read more: BUG - featuring Peter Epstein & James Miley

Jazz Appreciation Month April is National Jazz Appreciation Month (J.A.M.) and JazzFresno is helping to bring the celebration of one of America's greatest art forms to the Valley in 2008, with a series of a dozen special jazz events throughout our community.  Founded in 2003 by the Smithsonian Institute National Museum of American History, Jazz Appreciation Month is a nationwide program that honors America's rich jazz legacy. Click here for a complete schedule of JazzFresno sponsored Jazz Appreciation Month events.

Read more: JazzFresno celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month this April