Events

March 3rd at Fresno State

Ray Brinker The 16th annual Central California Day of Percussion at California State University, Fresno, will feature a performance by acclaimed Los Angeles based drummer Ray Brinker and his trio, Saturday March 3rd at 6:30pm at the Fresno State Concert Hall. Ray's trio includes pianist Christian Jacob, and drummer Kevin Axt.

 

Ray is an alumnus of the heralded North Texas State University's (now University of North Texas) Jazz Studies program, and performed as a member of NTSU's Grammy-nominated 1 O'Clock Lab Band. Upon graduation, Ray toured worldwide with jazz high-note trumpet player Maynard Ferguson before moving to the west coast, where he has become a staple in the Los Angeles studio scene.

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Wednesday March 28th - "Jazz, Blues and Rock and Roll"

The San Joaquin Valley Town Hall Lecture Series presents guest lecturer Robert Greenberg, Wednesday March 28th, at 10:00am at the Saroyan Theatre. Mr. Greenberg is returning to Town Hall by popular demand, with a lecture titled "Jazz, Blues and Rock and Roll." Dr Greenberg has been called the "Elvis of music history and appreciation" and has recorded a 48-lecture course titled "How to Listen to and Understand Great Music." He is music historian-in-residence with San Francisco Performances and has performed, taught and lectured extensively across North America and Europe. Dr. Greenberg's presentation will illustrate how music can reveal the social, cultural and aesthetic traditions of different cultures and historical eras. Tickets are $20, available at the box office on the day of the lecture.  Students w/ ID are free. Phone: (559) 444-2180
More information is online at valleytownhall.com...

Loren Pickford90.7 KFSR and JazzFresno present a special reunion concert featuring Fresno jazz legend, saxophonist Loren Pickford, Thursday August 16th at the Fresno Art Museum. One of Fresno's leading jazz artists of the 1970's and 1980's, Loren played with Jackie Wilson, Ray Charles, T-Bone Walker, Chet Baker, Frank Rosolino, Billy Higgins and many others. He resettled in New Orleans in the early 1990's and lived there until Hurricane Katrina struck, destroying nearly everything he owned. Loren now lives in Kansas City, and this August 16th concert marks his first Fresno performance in years. Loren will be joined by his son, bassist Lucas Pickford, as well as his friends and former band members Craig VonBerg and Gary Newmark, as well as special guests. You won't want to miss this special performance, honoring one of the top jazz musicians from Fresno, and celebrating 90.7 KFSR's 25th Anniversary. 

Loren Pickford and Friends
Thursday August 16th
Fresno Art Museum - 2233 N 1st St  - Fresno, CA 93703
Pre concert reception: 6:00pm / Concert: 7:00pm

 

UPDATE: This concert is sold out. However, if you don't have tickets, please consider attending our post-concert jazz jam session and after party, hosted by Tower Mosaic at the Babylon Club, located at 1064 N. Fulton Street in the Tower District, one block south of Olive Avenue. The jam session will begin approx 9:30-9:45pm. 

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Thursday April 10th at the Fresno Art Museum
Armen Nalbandian will be celebrating his 30th birthday by hosting a special concert that highlights his musical past, present, and future. The concert will take place at the Fresno Art Museum at 7pm. Nalbandian is currently in his 4th year as the Fresno Art Museum's Artist-in-Residence.
Tickets are $10.00.
The concert will feature:
Armen Nalbandian Trio (with Brian Hamada and Kevin Hill)
ERUP (my trio with Kevin Hill and Eva Scow)
Choke the Jellyfish (duets with Tommy Delgado)
Happy Misunderstandings (Tommy's solo project featuring Armen Nalbandian)
Karen Marguth
RE Group (duets with DJ 4AM)

Andre Bush and David Aus This year's Rogue Festival of independent performance and art takes place at various Fresno venues from March 1st through March 10th. Now in its sixth year, the Rouge is already one of the top non-juried fringe festivals on the west coast. This year, a number of jazz groups will perform at the Rogue. A complete schedule of Rogue Fest jazz events follows...


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