Donny McCaslinSometimes great things just sort of happen at the last minute. This is one of those things. On Saturday Sept. 6, Grammy-nominated New York saxophonist Donny McCaslin will bring his trio to Fresno City College for a workshop and concert. In addition to his trio, Donny plays with several other “who’s who” NY bands, including the Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra and the Mingus Big Band. Here’s an excerpt from his bio:   Donny McCaslin waited until his sixth album to use the title In Pursuit (released June 5 on Sunnyside). But the concept of “pursuit” – single-minded devotion to a distant goal, marked by inventive exploration – has characterized his music almost from the beginning.

The Donny McCaslin Trio

Saturday September 6 - Fresno City College Recital Hall
Clinic/Workshop 6:30 p.m. (free)
Concert 8:00 p.m. ($12 general, $10 student)
Tickets available at FCC Box Office (559) 442-8221
Seating will be limited, so advance ticket purchases are highly recommended.

Read more: Donny McCaslin Trio at FCC Sept 6

Part of the 6th Annual Rogue Festival - Feb 28th-March 8th

Eva Scow JazzFresno and Tower Mosaic present some of the Valley's top jazz talent for this year's Rogue Festival. Experience unique and innovative sounds from established jazz veterans like the Guitar Titans, as well as some of the Valley's top young jazz musicians like Eva Scow and Javon Davis. The events take place Thursday February 28th thru Sunday March 2nd, and Wednesday March 5th thru Saturday March 8th at Tower Mosaic, located at 1040 N. Fulton Street, just south of Olive in the Tower District. Google Map link

"Rogue Jazz" Schedule:

Thursday February 28th - Eva Scow & Javon Davis - 6:15 & 7:30pm

Friday February 29th - David Aus Ensemble - 6:15 & 7:30pm
Saturday March 1st - Fibonacci Cubed Trio - 5:30 & 7:00pm
Sunday March 2nd - Protean Visions - 5:30 & 7:00pm
Wednesday March 5th - The Guitar Titans - 6:15 & 7:30pm
Thursday March 6th - The Guitar Titans - 6:15 & 7:30pm
Friday March 7th - The Guitar Titans - 6:15 & 7:30pm
Saturday March 8th - The Guitar Titans - 5:30 & 7:00pm

Read more: JazzFresno presents "Rogue Jazz" at Tower Mosaic

Friday May 18th - 7:30pm - Sunnyside High School

Active ImageGRAMMY nominated guitarist and composer Anthony Wilson and Brazilian based guitarist Chico Pinheiro, join forces for a new project called "Nova" which explores both Brazilian bossa nova and American jazz through a unique lens. Joining Chico and Anthony will be special guest mandolinist Eva Scow. Anthony Wilson is one the top guitarists and composers in jazz today, he leads his own groups, including the Anthony Wilson Nonet, and is also guitarist with Diana Krall. Chico Pinheiro is one of the top jazz stars in Brazil, with a style that draws upon Brazilian traditions, and also jazz artists like Pat Metheny and Brad Mehldau. He has been called "the next big thing in Brazilian music" by São Paulo's largest daily newspaper, O Globo. Together Anthony and Chico blend their styles together in a unique collaboration that is equal parts American jazz and Brazilian music, and entirely captivating.
Listen to an interview w/ Anthony Wilson from 90.7 KFSR... (MP3 download)

Anthony Wilson & Chico Pinheiro - "Nova"
Friday May 18th - 7:30pm - Sunnyside High School Performing Arts Center
1019 S. Peach Ave (at Kings Canyon)  map
Tickets: $15 general, $12 JazzFresno members, and $7 for students.
Tickets locations: Sierra Nut House Villagio, Kern Street Coffee Company, Tower Theater Box Office, and  Sunnyside High School

Read more: Anthony Wilson/Chico Pinheiro Quartet "Nova" w/ Eva Scow

Active Image Thursday, April 26 - 7:30 PM
Dr. Michael Caldwell, Assistant Professor of Trumpet in the Fresno State Department of Music will be performing in a faculty recital titled, “Whose Tune is it ANYWAY?”—An Evening of Improvised Music with award-winning and Emmy nominated Seattle pianist David Paul Mesler. Caldwell and Mesler previously collaborated on a CD released in 2006 entitled, “The Balladeer.” The duo will perform together based on stories they will share with the audience and will also call upon a pair of Caldwell’s Fresno State colleagues, classicist Dr. Honora Chapman and photographer Dr. Joan Sharma. The musicians will improvise in real-time to readings selected by Chapman visual images of Sharma’s work, which will be projected for the audience. In addition, the artists will be collecting story suggestions from the audience as inspiration for improvisations that will be created and conceived based on those stories. This promises to be a very exciting and unpredictable evening of music as Caldwell and Mesler and both established performers who share a passion for the art of improvisation.


Fresno State Department of Music - Concert Hall
Tickets— $6.00 General; $5.00 Faculty/Staff/Seniors/Students



stowellFriday October 17th - 7:30 PM

Fresno City College presents guitarist John Stowell, in concert with Mike Dana, Brian Hamada and John Laufenberger, Friday October 17th at 7:30 PM at the Fresno City College Recital Hall. John Stowell is a unique jazz guitarist influenced as much by pianists and horn players as he is by guitarists. His original take on harmony, chords and improvisation sets him apart. Proceeds from the event will benefit scholarships for FCC guitar students.

There will also be a free educational workshop at 6:00 PM in the recital hall, prior to the concert. John has taught internationally for 30 years in every educational setting. His clinics are informal, hands-on and informative. In addition to music theory and guidelines for improvisation, John shares his professional experience with the business of music.

“More guitarists would play like John Stowell if they knew how.” Herb Ellis

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