Jazz @ the Library

Jazz @ the Library - History of the Guitar in Jazz

Tuesday September 17th, 2013 - Woodward Park Regional Library

 

dana severson

JazzFresno and the Fresno County Public Libraries host (free and open to the public) Jazz at the Library on Tuesday, September 17th, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the Woodward Park Regional County Library located at 944 E. Perrin Ave. (Champlain & Perrin).

 

Mike Dana (pictured at right), jazz guitarist/composer/educator will make a presentation titled “History of the Guitar in Jazz.” Mike will be joined by jazz guitarist and educator Rich Severson (pictured at left).

Jazz @ the Library - Reinventing the Piano Trio: The Trios of Bill Evans

Tuesday June 18th, 2013 - Woodward Park Regional Library

 

Bill Evans

JazzFresno and the Fresno County Public Libraries host (free and open to the public) Jazz at the Library on Tuesday, June 18th, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the Woodward Park Regional County Library located at 944 E. Perrin Ave. (Champlain & Perrin).

 

Craig VonBerg, jazz educator and jazz keyboardist will give a presentation titled "Reinventing the Piano Trio: The Trios of Bill Evans." From the moment pianist Bill Evans emerged as a leader, his trio was the vehicle through which his innovations were most masterfully conveyed. Here we will examine how Evans, in collaboration with his fellow artists, re-imagined what a piano trio could be, in essence, redefining the roles of all three instruments. Craig VonBerg (keyboard) performs with his trio, with Brian Hamada (drums) and John Lauffenburger (bass).

Jazz @ the Library - Take it from the Top: Views on the Present and Future of Jazz

Tuesday May 21st, 2013 - Woodward Park Regional Library

 

sonnyclark

JazzFresno and the Fresno County Public Libraries host (free and open to the public) Jazz at the Library on Tuesday, May 21st, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the Woodward Park Regional County Library located at 944 E. Perrin Ave. (Champlain & Perrin).

 

Please join us for a special Jazz at the Library event: a panel discussion on the topic “Take it from the Top: Views on the Present and Future of Jazz.” Jazz musicians and educators Mike Dana, Brian Hamada, and Karen Marguth will be joined on the panel by Joe Moore [formerly with KFSR (90.7 FM) and currently with KVPR (89.3 FM)]. This promises to be an informative, educational and exciting evening. Don’t miss the May 21st Jazz at the Library!

Jazz @ the Library - "Bless Me, Ultima": The 'Big Read'

Tuesday April 16th, 2013 - Woodward Park Regional Library

 

Les Nunes/Merlinda Espinosa

JazzFresno and the Fresno County Public Libraries host (free and open to the public) Jazz at the Library on Tuesday, April 16th, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the Woodward Park Regional County Library located at 944 E. Perrin Ave. (Champlain & Perrin).

 

Local singer Merlinda Espinosa with the help of Les Nunes and a few of the area’s best Latin musicians will present this year’s book for the “Big Read” entitled “Bless Me, Ultima”. Merlinda will sing Mexican folk and Latin songs that represent the characters and themes of the book “Bless Me, Ultima” by Rudolfo Anaya. For those not familiar with the book, it is considered a classic in Chicano literature and even more popular today than it was when released in 1972. You are going to be in for a real treat as this book is discussed and music is set to it by one of our area's premier and most popular Latino vocalists.

Jazz @ the Library - From Jimmy Blanton to Larry Grenadier (and beyond): A History of the Upright Bass

Tuesday March 19th, 2013 - Woodward Park Regional Library

 

Spee Kosloff

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

 

Spee Kosloff, Ph.D, jazz bassist and Assistant Professor of Psychology at Fresno State, will give a presentation titled “From Jimmy Blanton to Larry Grenadier (and beyond): A History of the Upright Bass in Jazz through the 20th and 21st Centuries.”

Spee writes: “The upright bass is at once a metaphor for, and a literal embodiment of, the essence of jazz: a deep, spacious, soulful wanderer, a larger-than-life beast that can sing the soul of its player and redefine the physical and spiritual environments of rapt listeners. It can be humble yet fierce, dominant yet submissive, digital yet analog, steeped in the past yet expanding conventional rhythmic and harmonic constraints – and all the while, remaining at home at the center of the band. Who were the masters that established this instrument’s tradition? Who are the current-day masters revealing new stages in its evolution? In this Jazz @ the Library presentation, I will share with you the stories of classic and modern jazz upright bass players, and consider technical, aesthetic and philosophical distinctions among them that inform our understanding of the instrument’s rich history in jazz. Musical recordings will accompany this discussion, so that attendees might hear how the upright’s role has transformed over time and contributed to the emergence of new dynamics in this most joyous art form.”