Jazz @ the Library

Jazz @ the Library - Remembering the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Big Band

Thad & Mel

JazzFresno
and the Fresno County Public Libraries host (free and open to the public) Jazz @ the Library, Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the Woodward Park Regional County Library located at 944 E. Perrin Ave. (Champlain & Perrin).

An evening of hard-driving, big band jazz featuring the music of the legendary and ground-breaking Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Big Band. Members of the Jazz Composers Orchestra and friends will perform.

Les Nunes and Anne Hendrickson, presenters.


Jazz @ the Library - Jenna Mammina & Rolf Sturm



JazzFresno
and the Fresno County Public Libraries host (free and open to the public) Jazz at the Library, Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the Woodward Park Regional County Library located at 944 E. Perrin Ave. (Champlain & Perrin).

This month will feature the music of vocalist Jenna Mammina & guitarist Rolf Sturm, in an intimate duet setting.

Jenna & Rolf first met in NYC at the very end of 1995 in a rehearsal for a rock orchestra called “Illuminati”. It was a 20 piece ensemble that was focused on the music of the Grateful Dead. The band toured the United States and Canada, recording and touring with a of couple members from the Grateful Dead (featuring many special guests along the way). Jenna & Rolf performed for a few years together in Illuminati and appeared on 3 of the band’s recordings.

During this time period, Jenna & Rolf talked about putting a duo together…. “someday”. But time passed and they both went on to have successful, independent careers. In January of 2014, Jenna came to NYC for a music conference and the two had tea to catch up on what they’d each been up to over the years. They decided that “someday” had arrived. Jenna returned to New York in June, they played their first gig together in 18 years, and went into the recording studio the next day. They recorded twelve tunes in a day and a half and then played a few more gigs in the NYC area, laying plans for making the duo a permanent ensemble. The recording they made, entitled “Spark”, was released in 2015. It is receiving nationwide radio play and the two have been touring almost every month since its release. They are happy to be performing so much and audiences are unanimous, this is a very special pairing.

Jazz @ the Library - Everything you need to know about music can be learned from 'Batman'

We Got The BeatJazzFresno and the Fresno County Public Libraries host (free and open to the public) Jazz @ the Library, Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the Woodward Park Regional County Library located at 944 E. Perrin Ave. (Champlain & Perrin).*

For the first presentation of 2016, We Got The Beat Youth Percussion Band, directed by Brenda Myers and Beyond The Beat, directed by Tony Manjarrez, will perform and demonstrate how they learn to play music. Students in grades 2nd through 11th play classic rock, Latin, Brazilian and jazz songs on marimbas, vibes and xylophones along with drum set and a full Latin drum section. There will be opportunities for audience participation. Come join the fun of learning the We Got The Beat way!

*(We regret that the originally scheduled presentation by Harvey Wainapel will not be offered this month due to illness - we hope to reschedule him at a future date. Thank you.)

Jazz @ the Library - Brazilian Jazz w/Harvey Wainapel

Harvey WainapelJazzFresno and the Fresno County Public Libraries host (free and open to the public) Jazz @ the Library, Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the Woodward Park Regional County Library located at 944 E. Perrin Ave. (Champlain & Perrin).

For the first presentation of 2016, jazz saxophonist/clarinetist Harvey Wainapel will offer a presentation on Brazilian Jazz.  Brazilian icon Ivan Lins says “Harvey is amazing; he understands Brazilian music in a way that’s very unusual, maybe because he loves it so much.”  The presentation will provide a brief history and overview on the first truly Brazilian style of music, CHORO.

Live music by Harvey, Eva Scow (mandolin), and Craig VonBerg (keyboards).

Jazz @ the Library - Daniel Rosenboom Quartet

Hall Magnie BandJazzFresno and the Fresno County Public Libraries host (free and open to the public) Jazz @ the Library, Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at the Woodward Park Regional County Library located at 944 E. Perrin Ave. (Champlain & Perrin).

In times of social turmoil, artists of all kinds strive to respond with art that cuts through the noise and resonates with the collective spirit. In jazz and improvised music, this response often takes abstract form, flows from a sense of shared purpose, and manifests as a dynamic conversation between expressive artists. Burning Ghosts, the daring new album from the Daniel Rosenboom Quartet, is a prime example of an impassioned response to ubiquitous social injustice. In this presentation Daniel Rosenboom and his bandmates will discuss and demonstrate the concepts and methods that explicate why collective improvisation and challenging music is a potent response to the seemingly endless string of “bad news.”

The Daniel Rosenboom Quartet is: Daniel Rosenboom (trumpet); Jake Vossler (guitars); Richard Giddens (bass); Aaron McLendon (drums).

The group will also be performing a late night set at Veni Vidi Vici Tuesday evening at 10pm. (21+ over.)