Jazz @ 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.”

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.