Jazz @ the Library

Jazz @ the Library - The Classic Hammond Sound…In a Suitcase!

Jon Hammond

JazzFresno, the Fresno County Public Library, and the Friends of Woodward Park Library will host a free and open to the public Jazz @ the Library presentation on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the Woodward Park Regional County Library, located at 944 E. Perrin Ave. (Champlain & Perrin), Fresno, CA 93720.

The Hammond B3 organ has been an important instrument in church, jazz, blues, rock and pop music. The title of the February presentation is “The Classic Hammond Sound…In a Suitcase!” Please join us as presenter Jon Hammond (no relation), an internationally known electronic organist, takes us on a journey exploring the development and use of the Hammond B3 organ and its contemporary surrogate, the SK1 Hammond. Jon will be joined by Gary Newmark (drums) and Rich Severson (guitar) in playing what Jon describes as “Swinging Funky Jazz and Blues.”

Jazz @ the Library - The Compositions of Wayne Shorter

Helzer/Shorter

JazzFresno and the Fresno County Public Libraries host (free and open to the public) Jazz @ the Library, Tuesday, Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the Woodward Park Regional County Library located at 944 E. Perrin Ave. (Champlain & Perrin).

Rick Helzer, retired Associate Director of Jazz Studies, Theory, and Piano at San Diego State University, will do a presentation on Wayne Shorter’s compositional contributions to the music through some of the stages of his career, including his time with Art Blakey, his Blue Note recordings of the 60s & 70s, and Miles Davis, in particular. Rick will be joined by Gary Newmark (drums) and John Lauffenburger (bass).

Jazz @ the Library - The History of Brass Bands

viper city brass band

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

Thomas Lake and the Viper City Brass Band will focus on the history of brass bands, their place in music history as well as their historical relevance, and preservation of the art form, and where it is going.

Jazz @ the Library - Cal Tjader: The Man who Revolutionized Latin Jazz

crusaders

JazzFresno and the Fresno County Public Libraries host (free and open to the public) Jazz @ the Library, Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Woodward Park Regional County Library located at 944 E. Perrin Ave. (Champlain & Perrin).

Tony Manjarrez, educator and jazz vibraphonist, will talk on the topic “Cal Tjader: The Man who Revolutionized Latin Jazz.” Vibraphone player Cal Tjader is best known for his pioneering Latin jazz. He was as successful in mainstream jazz as in Latin jazz. Tony will examine the course of Tjader’s career, how he managed to gain the respect of his peers in Latin music, sell large numbers of records, and fill clubs, concert halls and jazz festivals. Tony will be joined by David Aus, piano; Adan Infante, bass; Ron Catalano, saxophone/flute; Tony Shogren, timbales; Guadelupe Flores, congas.

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.