Jazz @ the Library - Jazz and the Cinema

Elevator to the Gallows

Tuesday September 20th - Woodward Park Regional Library


JazzFresno and the Fresno County Public Libraries host Jazz at the Library on Tuesday September 20, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at the Woodward Park Regional County Library located at 944 E. Perrin Ave. (Champlain & Perrin).


Starting off the fall schedule on Tuesday, September 20th, Pastor Stephen Carlson, President of JazzFresno, will give a presentation titled “Jazz and the Cinema.”

Ever since motion pictures were made, music has been an important component.  The piano or organ accompanying the silent movie on the screen was quickly replaced by full orchestras performing original music specifically composed for the movie.  These film scores were, in the main, composed by European-born composers, writing in the classical vein.  But a change occurred when American-born composers began to write for the movies, and they began to explore and use a musical idiom unique to American - jazz!  Using musical examples and film clips, Pastor Carlson will talk about this transition and how jazz has been effectively used to support the emotion and action you see on the screen.  Join us for an entertaining and informative evening.