Jazz @ the Library - Jazz: The Music That Launched the Saxophone From its Humble Beginnings


Tuesday April 19th - Woodward Park Regional Library

JazzFresno and the Fresno County Public Libraries host Jazz at the Library on Tuesday April 19, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at the Woodward Park Regional County Library located at 944 E. Perrin Ave. (Champlain & Perrin).


Dr. Alan Durst, Director of Jazz Studies at California State University, Fresno, will give a presentation titled: “Jazz: The Music That Launched the Saxophone From its Humble Beginnings.”  This presentation will explore the invention of the saxophone and its inception into jazz.


Adolphe Sax’s most successful addition to the world of music had faded until jazz rescued it from near extinction. Today, the saxophone has become one of the most famous wind instruments and an iconic jazz instrument. This presentation will feature rare early-recorded examples of the saxophone, a performance of early concert music for saxophone and piano, and performances of early jazz repertoire that helped popularize the instrument with local jazz pianist David Aus.