Jazz @ the Library

Jazz @ the Library - Big Band Jazz of the 30s, 40s & 50s

Hall Magnie BandJazzFresno and the Fresno County Public Libraries host (free and open to the public) Jazz @ the Library, Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at the Woodward Park Regional County Library located at 944 E. Perrin Ave. (Champlain & Perrin). *(This month's event will be held on the 2nd Tuesday.)

This month's presentation will feature Big Band Jazz of the 30s, 40s & 50s, with the Hal Magnie Big Band, directed by Bill Butts - a retired educator/trumpeter from Hanford. The original band was formed back in 1952 and most of Fresno's best jazz musicians have paid their dues playing in the group. All of the arrangements were penned by pianist Al Harkins, who was one of the original members. Tonight's presentation/lecture will be led by music educator/trombonist Les Nunes.

This evening promises to take you on a nostalgic roller coaster ride back to the glory days of Count Basie, Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Tommy Dorsey, Charlie Barnet, and others - featuring live musicians! This event promises to be a lively affair, so get your seats early!

Jazz @ the Library - The Clave Connection: The Afro-Cuban influence on American Music

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - Woodward Park Regional Library

Rumba 32JazzFresno and the Fresno County Public Libraries host (free and open to the public) Jazz at the Library on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at the Woodward Park Regional County Library located at 944 E. Perrin Ave. (Champlain & Perrin).

Jazz educator and band leader Steve Alcalá will present the topic “The Clave Connection: The Afro-Cuban influence on American Music.”
Live music by the Rumba 32 Latin Ensemble.

Jazz @ the Library - The Roots of Jazz

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - Woodward Park Regional Library

Dick DoutyJazzFresno and the Fresno County Public Libraries host (free and open to the public) Jazz at the Library on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at the Woodward Park Regional County Library located at 944 E. Perrin Ave. (Champlain & Perrin).

Dick Douty, classical and jazz tubist, will present the topic “The Roots of Jazz.” Dick will talk about the origin of this evolving, improvisational art form, and the vital role jazz has played in the expression of American freedom.

Dick, along with the other members of the “Raisin City Stompers,” Robert Alfaro, clarinet; Bob Bennett, banjo; Bill Johnson, trombone, and Bill Sharp, trumpet will provide live music.

Jazz @ the Library - The Music of Pat Metheny

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - Woodward Park Regional Library

Dana Metheny
JazzFresno and the Fresno County Public Libraries host (free and open to the public) Jazz at the Library on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at the Woodward Park Regional County Library located at 944 E. Perrin Ave. (Champlain & Perrin).

Mike Dana, jazz guitarist, director of the Jazz Composers Orchestra, and Fresno City College faculty member will present the topic: “The Music of Pat Metheny.”

Pat Metheny is one of the most eclectic and versatile jazz guitarists of his generation. He has led his own groups, performed with artists ranging from Joni Mitchell to Ornette Coleman to Chris Potter, and has pioneered new technologies and new instruments. Tonight's presentation features several of Pat's pieces, performed by Mike Dana-guitar, Craig VonBerg-keyboards, Roy Carlson-bass, and Brian Hamada-drums. Mike will also highlight many of Pat's unique contributions to contemporary jazz.

Jazz @ the Library - Listening Forward: Perspectives on Current and Future Directions in Jazz

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - Woodward Park Regional Library

Lisle Ellis
JazzFresno and the Fresno County Public Libraries host (free and open to the public) Jazz at the Library on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at the Woodward Park Regional County Library located at 944 E. Perrin Ave. (Champlain & Perrin).

This months presentation is: “Listening Forward: Perspectives on Current and Future Directions in Jazz.” The guest presenter is world-renowned bassist Lisle Ellis.

At first listen, avant-garde jazz may sound like nothing more than a bunch of notes played randomly and without purpose. But there is much more to it. Get inside the mind of the musicians and learn their thought processes, and influences in a presentation titled “Listening Forward – Perspectives and Future Directions in Jazz,” a lecture, performance and discussion by the avant-garde Tower Jazz, consisting of pianist Ron Smith, bassist Lisle Ellis, and percussionist Gary Newmark that will include historical precedents and influence from jazz and other music and art forms.