Jazz @ the Library

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.)

Jazz @ the Library - Great Moments In Jazz

Hall Magnie BandJazzFresno and the Fresno County Public Libraries host (free and open to the public) Jazz @ the Library, Tuesday, October 13, 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.)

Jazz @ the Library welcomes famed Jazz pianist Mark Levine, two time Grammy nominee, leader of the group Mark Levine and the Latin Tinge, as well as author of the canonized “The Jazz Piano Book.” The topic of Mark’s presentation will be “Great Moments in Jazz.”  Mark will be joined by Brian Hamada on drums, and Richard Giddens on bass.

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.