Jazz @ the Library

Jazz @ the Library - Way Down in Dixie

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - Woodward Park Regional Library

 
Dixieland JassJazzFresno and the Fresno County Public Libraries host (free and open to the public) Jazz at the Library on Tuesday September 16th, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the Woodward Park Regional County Library located at 944 E. Perrin Ave. (Champlain & Perrin).

This month's presentation is “Way Down in Dixie.” The 7-piece Sunnyside Jazz Band will perform a mix of traditional Dixieland tunes, swing titles, and some things in between!!!  The group is composed of 7 avid players who really enjoy the music (the band has been performing together for ten years!!!)

Jazz @ the Library - The Tough Tenors

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - Woodward Park Regional Library

Tough Tenors
JazzFresno and the Fresno County Public Libraries host (free and open to the public) Jazz at the Library on Tuesday June 24th, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the Woodward Park Regional County Library located at 944 E. Perrin Ave. (Champlain & Perrin).

Albert Alva, director of the big band at Chapman University, who played sax and arranged music for Louie Bellson’s and Clark Terry's last big band album together in 2007, will give a presentation titled “The Tough Tenors.” The title of the program refers to the two tenor combo led by Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis & Johnny Griffin. The music of classic tenor saxophonists from Coleman Hawkins to Zoot Sims will be explored, including the history of the "Tenor Battle." A live performance will be included in the presentation.

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"