Jazz @ the Library

Jazz @ the Library - The History of the Jazz Crusaders

crusadersJazzFresno and the Fresno County Public Libraries host (free and open to the public) Jazz @ the Library, Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Woodward Park Regional County Library located at 944 E. Perrin Ave. (Champlain & Perrin).

Les Nunes, (CMEA) California Jazz Educator of the Year recipient for 2016, is putting together an all-star band of local musicians to pay tribute to the nearly 40 years of the history of the Crusaders. When they first started, the Crusaders were known as the Jazz Crusaders and then, when they moved to Los Angeles in the 1970’s, they dropped the word 'jazz' from their name. They had some of the best musicians of the time, such as Joe Sample on piano, Larry Carlton on guitar and Wayne Henderson on trombone. You are really going to enjoy the selection of tunes chosen as Les and the band work their way through the Crusaders' history and introduce you to the rich tradition they had. Les will also talk about the Crusaders' influences, and who they eventually influenced.

Jazz @ the Library - Oliver Nelson and the Abstract Truth

rickshawJazzFresno and the Fresno County Public Libraries host (free and open to the public) Jazz @ the Library, Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Woodward Park Regional County Library located at 944 E. Perrin Ave. (Champlain & Perrin).

The topic for June’s Jazz @ the Library is “Oliver Nelson and the Abstract Truth.” LA bassist Rick Shaw will discuss the importance of Oliver Nelson’s seminal album “Blues and the Abstract Truth.” Rick will talk about the many musicians and composers this album influenced, the compositions themselves, the all-star musicians that played on the album, and the life of Oliver Nelson. Live music by Rick and stellar local jazz musicians John Ayala, Alto Sax; Larry Honda, Tenor Sax; Steve Dailey, Bari Sax; Mark Prather, Trumpet; Craig VonBerg, Piano; Joe Lizama, Drums. This will be a not to be missed presentation! Please join us.

Jazz @ the Library - The Life and Music of Wes Montgomery

richquartetJazzFresno and the Fresno County Public Libraries host (free and open to the public) Jazz @ the Library, Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Woodward Park Regional County Library located at 944 E. Perrin Ave. (Champlain & Perrin).

Join the Rich Severson Jazz Quartet in celebration of the life and music of Wes Montgomery. Referred to as the father of bebop and smooth jazz guitar, Wes’s music continues to influence todays’ guitarists. In addition to stories about Wes Montgomery, Rich will demonstrate Wes’s unique playing style and the band will jam on many of his most popular compositions.

Jazz @ the Library - The Making of the CD “The Poetry of Jazz”

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JazzFresno
and the Fresno County Public Libraries host (free and open to the public) Jazz @ the Library, Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Woodward Park Regional County Library located at 944 E. Perrin Ave. (Champlain & Perrin).

The topic of the Jazz at the Library presentation will be the Making of the CD, “The Poetry of Jazz.” Saxophonist and composer Dr. Benjamin Boone, along with several other leading local musicians, will provide you with an inside view of their collaboration with U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winning poet Philip Levine, and the making of the upcoming CD, “The Poetry of Jazz.”

Jazz @ the Library - Jazz from Different Perspectives

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JazzFresno
and the Fresno County Public Libraries host (free and open to the public) Jazz @ the Library, Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Woodward Park Regional County Library located at 944 E. Perrin Ave. (Champlain & Perrin).

The Italian guitarists Eugenio Polacchini and Matteo Minozzi, Bruskers Guitar Duo, will present the topic “Jazz from Different Perspectives.” Two classical guitars and the jazz repertoire serve as a common ground for the renditions of the Bruskers Guitar Duo. They come from different backgrounds, classical for Eugenio and the modern music world for Matteo, and they combine their experience revisiting jazz standards as well as bossa nova and Brazilian music. Their repertoire also includes soundtracks and original compositions, always arranged with a unique style.