Jazz @ the Library

Jazz @ the Library - Joe Pass documentary: “A Not So Average Joe"

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - Woodward Park Regional Library

Frank Potenza
JazzFresno and the Fresno County Public Libraries host (free and open to the public) Jazz at the Library on Tuesday May 20th, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the Woodward Park Regional County Library located at 944 E. Perrin Ave. (Champlain & Perrin).

Jazz guitar master Frank Potenza will host the evening by presenting Fresno’s first screening of “A Not So Average Joe,” a documentary on the legendary jazz guitarist, Joe Pass. This documentary has earned critical praise and was given a first-place award at the Los Angeles Art House Film Festival for Best Feature Film. The Jazz @ the Library presenter Frank Potenza, Chair of the Studio/Jazz Guitar Program at the USC Thornton School of Music, and a protégé of Joe Pass will talk about the making of the documentary in which Frank is prominently featured. Frank will perform live as well as play music from his tribute CD to Joe Pass, “For Joe.”

Jazz @ the Library - Jazz-Fusion & Jazz-Rock

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - Woodward Park Regional Library

Jazz-Fusion and Jazz-Rock
JazzFresno and the Fresno County Public Libraries host (free and open to the public) Jazz at the Library on Tuesday April 15th, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the Woodward Park Regional County Library located at 944 E. Perrin Ave. (Champlain & Perrin).

John Ayala (retired jazz director –Fresno Unified and adjunct faculty at Fresno City College) and Mike Dana (director of jazz studies @ Fresno City College) are going to be co-presenters at this months’ Jazz @ the Library, assisted by Pat Olvera (bass), Craig VonBerg (keyboard), and Brian Hamada (drums).

The topic is "Jazz-Fusion and Jazz-Rock." They will discuss the influences and history of fusing different styles of music with jazz. Also discussed will be the inclusion of electronics and its influence on Jazz. Some of the artists covered will be Miles Davis, Chick Corea and his Elektric Band, The Brecker Brothers, The Mahavishnu Orchestra, Jaco Pastorius, Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters, Weather Report, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Chase, Chicago and Frank Zappa amongst others. Included in this presentation and lecture will be a live demonstration of fusion styles.

Jazz @ the Library - The Birth of Jazz & "The Great Gatsby"

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - Woodward Park Regional Library

Great Gatsby
JazzFresno and the Fresno County Public Libraries host (free and open to the public) Jazz at the Library on Tuesday March 18th, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the Woodward Park Regional County Library located at 944 E. Perrin Ave. (Champlain & Perrin).

Local jazz educator/trombonist/vocalist Les Nunes will offer a presentation based on the music of the 1920s and incorporating the featured book from "The Big Read," F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby." Tin Pan Alley was where the beat started and the hits just kept on coming! Every speakeasy or ritzy joint was known for some amazing music and Les's presentation is going to give a taste of what it was like.

Fresno County Library's "The Big Read"

Jazz @ the Library - Whether you know it or Not, YOU Are a Jazz Improviser

Tuesday February 18th, 2014 - Woodward Park Regional Library

JazzFresno and the Fresno County Public Libraries host (free and open to the public) Jazz at the Library on Tuesday February 18, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the Woodward Park Regional County Library located at 944 E. Perrin Ave. (Champlain & Perrin).,

Ben BooneDr. Benjamin Boone, educator, theorist, composer, scholar, jazz saxophonist and Professor of Music at California State University, Fresno will give a presentation titled “Whether you know it or Not, YOU Are a Jazz Improviser: Insights from speech research." Most non-playing jazz fans are in awe of jazz players' ability to spontaneously improvise, not realizing that they themselves improvise every time they speak. In this interactive, fun and fast-paced presentation, Dr. Boone will share insights gleaned from his analysis of speech from a musical perspective, which is mentioned in the world's leading encyclopedia of music, Grove's, and published in peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. You will learn how Jelly Roll Morton and Alan Lomax's speech compares with that of Madonna and Barbara Walters, ways music mirrors speech, ways speech serves as a nonverbal channel of communication, how to gauge someone's level of agreement with you, how pitch can indicate social hierarchy, why "blue notes" evolved from speech and why the rhythm and pitch with which you speak while having a romantic meal with a date might dictate the outcome of the evening.

Jazz @ the Library - Popular American Swing Songs of the 1930s

Tuesday January 21st, 2014 - Woodward Park Regional Library

Joe Lewis
JazzFresno and the Fresno County Public Libraries host (free and open to the public) Jazz at the Library on Tuesday January 21st, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the Woodward Park Regional County Library located at 944 E. Perrin Ave. (Champlain & Perrin).

Local jazz trumpeter/composer Joe Lewis will delve into the richness and simple beauty of some of the most popular American swing songs of the 1930s. He will provide historical background and showcase famous performances of these songs, as well as provide an overview of the cultural significance of the swing movement in America. The audience will be treated to a live performance of Joe's favorite swing songs of this era, with original arrangements made especially for this presentation.

Presentation handout .pdf

Video (courtesy of CMAC)