Jazz @ the Library - Japanese Americans in Jazz


Tuesday September 18th, 2012 - Woodward Park Regional Library


Larry Honda

JazzFresno and the Fresno County Public Libraries host (free and open to the public) Jazz at the Library on Tuesday, September 18th, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at the Woodward Park Regional County Library located at 944 E. Perrin Ave. (Champlain & Perrin).


Larry Honda, Chair, Fresno City College Music Department, will give a presentation titled “Japanese Americans in Jazz.” This presentation will survey the impact of jazz and swing music on the Japanese immigrants at the turn of the 20th century and later their American-born children, the Nisei. Particular attention will be paid to the Swing Era of the Thirties and Forties, when jazz was the mainstream popular music and also the time when Japanese Americans were incarcerated in relocation camps following the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Following World War II, the careers of Japanese American jazz artists are followed to the present day.

This program is designed to coordinate with and compliment the Fresno County Libraries’ participation in the California Reads Program, which features Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston’s book Farewell to Manzanar. This event is FREE of charge.