Jazz @ the Library - The Harmonica and its Unique Role in Jazz

Roger Gonzales

Tuesday November 15th - Woodward Park Regional Library


JazzFresno and the Fresno County Public Libraries host (free and open to the public) Jazz at the Library on Tuesday November 15, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at the Woodward Park Regional County Library located at 944 E. Perrin Ave. (Champlain & Perrin).


Roger Gonzalez, harmonica player and educator, will give a presentation titled: “The Harmonica and its Unique Role in Jazz.” Roger will explore the role of the chromatic harmonica in jazz starting with the genius of Larry Adler’s performances in several motion pictures as well as the virtuosic performances by The Harmonica Rascals. The playing of Belgian Jean “Toots” Thielemans that revolutionized the jazz harmonica and whose playing became the benchmark all jazz harmonists, will be receive special attention in Roger’s presentation. Other current great European and U.S. harmonica players will also be considered. A little “Harmonica 101” will be thrown in along the way. Live music by Roger, David Aus, Roy Carlson, Larry Honda and Gary Newmark will accompany the presentation.