Jazz @ the Library

Jazz @ the Library - Improvisation in the 21st Century

Tuesday February 19th, 2013 - Woodward Park Regional Library

 

Jay Smith

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

 

Jazz pianist and educator Jay Smith will give a presentation titled “Improvisation in the 21st Century.” The presentation with questions and answers will explore how jazz has changed from the time of its inception to our current day and how certain factors have changed how we deal with improvisatory playing. The presentation will include live performance by Jay Smith, piano/synth/keys; Patrick Contreras, electric violin; Ray Moore, drums; Jay Jay Hicks, 8-string bass.

Jazz @ the Library - The Clave Connection: The Afro-Cuban Influence in American Music

Tuesday January 15th, 2013 - Woodward Park Regional Library

 

Steve Alcalá

JazzFresno and the Fresno County Public Libraries host (free and open to the public) Jazz at the Library on Tuesday, January 15th, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the Woodward Park Regional County Library located at 944 E. Perrin Ave. (Champlain & Perrin).

 

Trumpeter, educator and music publisher Steve Alcalá will give a presentation "The Clave Connection: The Afro-Cuban Influence in American Music.” The 3-2 Latin Jazz Combo will also perform. This event is FREE of charge.

Jazz @ the Library - Eva Scow Presents The History of the Bossa Nova

Tuesday November 20th, 2012 - Woodward Park Regional Library

 

Eva Scow

JazzFresno and the Fresno County Public Libraries host (free and open to the public) Jazz at the Library on Tuesday, November 20th, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at the Woodward Park Regional County Library located at 944 E. Perrin Ave. (Champlain & Perrin).

 

Eva Scow, virtuoso jazz mandolinist, will present the topic: “The History of the Bossa Nova.” Eva will explore the origins and history of Brazilian Bossa Nova. Live music will be provided by Eva’s group Espacio. This event is FREE of charge.

Jazz @ the Library - Man Singers: A look at three generations of the male baritone voice in jazz

Tuesday October 23rd, 2012 - Woodward Park Regional Library

 

Man Singers

JazzFresno and the Fresno County Public Libraries host (free and open to the public) Jazz at the Library on Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at the Woodward Park Regional County Library located at 944 E. Perrin Ave. (Champlain & Perrin).

 

Mark Ribera, local freelance instrumentalist/singer, will give a presentation titled “Man Singers: A look at three generations of the male baritone voice in jazz.” This presentation, which will include live performances by Mark (vocals/saxophone), Craig VonBerg (piano), John Lauffenburger (bass) and Brian Hamada (drums), will highlight the careers of jazz vocalists Johnny Hartman, Mark Murphy, and Kurt Elling from the post big band era through the advent of rock music and encompassing the current music landscape. This event is FREE of charge.

Jazz @ the Library - Japanese Americans in Jazz

Tuesday September 18th, 2012 - Woodward Park Regional Library

 

Larry Honda

JazzFresno and the Fresno County Public Libraries host (free and open to the public) Jazz at the Library on Tuesday, September 18th, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at the Woodward Park Regional County Library located at 944 E. Perrin Ave. (Champlain & Perrin).

 

Larry Honda, Chair, Fresno City College Music Department, will give a presentation titled “Japanese Americans in Jazz.” This presentation will survey the impact of jazz and swing music on the Japanese immigrants at the turn of the 20th century and later their American-born children, the Nisei. Particular attention will be paid to the Swing Era of the Thirties and Forties, when jazz was the mainstream popular music and also the time when Japanese Americans were incarcerated in relocation camps following the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Following World War II, the careers of Japanese American jazz artists are followed to the present day.

This program is designed to coordinate with and compliment the Fresno County Libraries’ participation in the California Reads Program, which features Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston’s book Farewell to Manzanar. This event is FREE of charge.