Jazz @ the Library

Jazz @ the Library - The History of Brass Bands

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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

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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.

Jazz @ the Library - Oliver Nelson and the Abstract Truth

rickshawJazzFresno and the Fresno County Public Libraries host (free and open to the public) Jazz @ the Library, Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Woodward Park Regional County Library located at 944 E. Perrin Ave. (Champlain & Perrin).

The topic for June’s Jazz @ the Library is “Oliver Nelson and the Abstract Truth.” LA bassist Rick Shaw will discuss the importance of Oliver Nelson’s seminal album “Blues and the Abstract Truth.” Rick will talk about the many musicians and composers this album influenced, the compositions themselves, the all-star musicians that played on the album, and the life of Oliver Nelson. Live music by Rick and stellar local jazz musicians John Ayala, Alto Sax; Larry Honda, Tenor Sax; Steve Dailey, Bari Sax; Mark Prather, Trumpet; Craig VonBerg, Piano; Joe Lizama, Drums. This will be a not to be missed presentation! Please join us.

Jazz @ the Library - The Life and Music of Wes Montgomery

richquartetJazzFresno and the Fresno County Public Libraries host (free and open to the public) Jazz @ the Library, Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Woodward Park Regional County Library located at 944 E. Perrin Ave. (Champlain & Perrin).

Join the Rich Severson Jazz Quartet in celebration of the life and music of Wes Montgomery. Referred to as the father of bebop and smooth jazz guitar, Wes’s music continues to influence todays’ guitarists. In addition to stories about Wes Montgomery, Rich will demonstrate Wes’s unique playing style and the band will jam on many of his most popular compositions.