On November 30th, 2006, Armen Nalbandian will present a new ensemble named “Balance” at the Fresno Art Museum’s Rhythms of Art Concert Series. Nalbandian has written an entirely new book of music especially for this ensemble, which features the following:

Armen Nalbandian: Fender Rhodes, Percussion
Kevin Hill: Bass, Tuba
Brian Hamada: Drums, Percussion
Andre Bush: Guitar
Tommy Delgado: Percussion, Guitar
Nino Moschella: Percussion, Vocals, Guitar, etc.
Paul Luckessi: Woodwinds
Michael Aguilar: Percussion, Harmonica
Kevin McDonald: Bass

2233 N. First Street Fresno, CA 93703
Between McKinley and Clinton at Radio Park
Phone: (559) 441-4221

Friday May 25th - 8:00pm at Arte Americas

Pete Escovedo

Celebrate Arte Américas 20th Anniversary with a special concert featuring Latin jazz icon Pete Escovedo and his Latin Jazz Orchestra. Escovedo was the first Latin jazz artist to perform at Arte Américas in 1989, and his return this year kicks off the 2007 Nights in the Plaza Friday night concert seriess. Pete Escovedo is a major force in Latin music; he can go from Latin jazz to salsa to rock and Latin pop and beyond. You won’t want to miss this special Memorial Day weekend concert!
Friday May 25th - 8:00pm Arte Américas Outdoor Plaza
1630 Van Ness, Fresno, CA 93721
Tickets: $23 At the Door - $20 Advance - $18 Arte Americas Members
Phone: (559) 266-2623


Friday September 28th - Arte Americas Nights in the Plaza

Rhumba 32 Latin Jazz Big Band Celebrate the end of the 2007 Nights in the Plaza season and the 20th anniversary of Arte Americas with the Rhumba 32 Latin Jazz Orchrestra. Led by trumpeter and educator Steve Alcala, the group features some of Central California's top latin jazz musicians, plus a special guest, pianist Oscar Hernandez, leader of the GRAMMY award winning Spanish Harlem Orchestra. Dance the night away to an evening of mambo and latin jazz with this special big band event.
Doors Open - 7:30pm, Concert begins - 8:00pm
Tickets are $25 per person. Call to reserve a table. Tables for 10 are available.
Arte Américas
- 1630 Van Ness Fresno, CA 93721  - phone (559) 266-2623

Read more: Rhumba 32 Latin Jazz Orchestra w/ Oscar Hernandez

Sunday November 25th at Fresno State 

Marvin Stamm and Bill Mays

Celebrated pianist, composer, and arranger Bill Mays has joined forced with jazz trumpet virtuoso Marvin Stamm, and cellist Alisa Horn, for an innovative project called "Inventions" which explores new sounds inspired equally by jazz and classical music. The group performs in Fresno on Sunday November 25th at 7:30pm, in a special non-subscription concert of the Philip Lorenz Keyboard Concert Series. The event takes place at the Fresno State Concert Hall, and is sponsored by JazzFresno and 90.7 KFSR. Bill Mays extraordinarily versatile career has brought him together with many of the world’s leading jazz artists including Al Jarreau, Gerry Mulligan, Toots Thielemans, and Ron Carter. Along with over one hundred recordings (including seventeen under his own name) Bill's concert and studio credits include a who's who of modern music, everyone from Benny Golson to Gerry Mulligan to Sarah Vaughan. His latest CD "Inventions" was released by Palmetto Records in August 2007.

Bill Mays "Inventions" Trio
Presented by the Philip Lorenz Keyboard Concert Series in association with the Fresno State Department of Music, 90.7 KFSR and JazzFresno
Sunday November 25th - 7:30pm - Fresno State Concert Hall
Tickets are $12.50 general • $ 7.00 seniors • $ 5.00 students
More info: 559-278-2337 

Read more: Bill Mays "Inventions Trio"

Blue TrainIn honor of Jazz Appreciation Month, The Fresno County Library and JazzFresno present a free discussion on the life and music of John Coltrane, by local jazz musician and educator Les Nunes. The event takes place at 7:00pm on Wednesday April 25th at the Woodard Park Regional Library. In addition to the lecture, the acclaimed Buchanan High School Jazz Combo will perform some of Coltrane's compositions. The students were recently honored at the prestigious Monterey Jazz Festival Next Generation competition as one of the nation's outstanding high school jazz combos. 2007 marks the 40th anniversary of John Coltrane's death, and the 50th anniversary of one of his greatest recordings, Blue Train. Refreshments will be served after this free event. The Woodward Park Regional Library is located at 944 East Perrin Avenue, in Fresno. Phone: (559) 433-3135