Jazz @ the Library

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)

Jazz @ the Library: Presenters and Topics 2013-2014

Jazz @ the Library: Presenters and Topics 2013-2014

Fall 2013

September 19, 2013

Presenter: Mike Dana

Topic: The History of the Guitar in Jazz

October 15, 2013

Presenter:  William Morris

Topic:  Remembering Gene Morris

November 19, 2013

Presenter:  Scats on the Sly

Topic: “Well? How Did We Get Here?”

December, 2013

NO JAZZ AT THE LIBRARY

 

Spring 2014

January 21, 2014

Presenter: Joe Lewis

Topic: Popular American Swing Songs of the 1930s

February 18, 2014

Presenter: Dr. Ben Boone

Topic: “Whether you know it or Not, YOU Are a jazz Improviser”

March 18, 2014

Presenter: Les Nunes

Topic: TBA

April 15, 2014

Presenter: TBA

Topic: TBA

May 20, 2014

Presenter: Frank Potenza

Topic: Solo Jazz Guitar

June 17, 2014

Presenter: TBA

Topic:  TBA

Jazz @ the Library - River Song Quintet

Tuesday January 7th, 2014 - Woodward Park Regional Library

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

River Song is a Los Angeles-based quintet devoted to the performance of original compositions and arrangements that seamlessly blend the traditions of jazz and improvised music with western classical chamber and American folk music.

Their performances have been described as "sparse and beautiful… mesmerizing and strewn with hauntingly gorgeous vocals." (Jhanne Jasmine, Camellia Lounge, Portland, OR) and "… a joyous blending of memorable compositions, artful orchestration, subtle improvisation, and fresh creative energy." (Art Lande, Grammy-nominated Pianist).

River Song originally formed at The California Institute of the Arts in the Spring of 2011 and has since performed extensively throughout Los Angeles and on the West Coast. Their flexible and unique sound has lead to performances at a wide range of venues including concert halls, jazz clubs, coffee shops, as well as at schools and universities.

An ensemble comprised of composers, River Song includes Lauren Baba (Viola, Violin), Alina Roitstein (Voice), Andrew Rowan (Cornet), Harrison Kirk (Trombone), and Gregory Uhlmann (Guitar).

The ensemble will also be presenting a clinic at Buchanan High School earlier on Tuesday, January 7th.

Jazz @ the Library - Scats On The Sly: Well? How Did We Get Here?

Tuesday November 19th, 2013 - Woodward Park Regional Library

Scats on the Sly JazzFresno and the Fresno County Public Libraries host (free and open to the public) Jazz at the Library on Tuesday, November 19th, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the Woodward Park Regional County Library located at 944 E. Perrin Ave. (Champlain & Perrin).

 

Fresno’s own Scats on the Sly, a “string swing” musical group specializing in pop and jazz standards from the 1920’s and 30’s, will present the topic: “Well? How Did We Get Here?” The members of Scats on the Sly will share their personal stories about how four people with diverse musical backgrounds became a jazz band, along with performances of the classic songs they love.