Jazz @ the Library

Jazz @ the Library - The Making of the CD “The Poetry of Jazz”

boonelevine

JazzFresno
and the Fresno County Public Libraries host (free and open to the public) Jazz @ the Library, Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Woodward Park Regional County Library located at 944 E. Perrin Ave. (Champlain & Perrin).

The topic of the Jazz at the Library presentation will be the Making of the CD, “The Poetry of Jazz.” Saxophonist and composer Dr. Benjamin Boone, along with several other leading local musicians, will provide you with an inside view of their collaboration with U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winning poet Philip Levine, and the making of the upcoming CD, “The Poetry of Jazz.”

Jazz @ the Library - Jazz from Different Perspectives

bruskers

JazzFresno
and the Fresno County Public Libraries host (free and open to the public) Jazz @ the Library, Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Woodward Park Regional County Library located at 944 E. Perrin Ave. (Champlain & Perrin).

The Italian guitarists Eugenio Polacchini and Matteo Minozzi, Bruskers Guitar Duo, will present the topic “Jazz from Different Perspectives.” Two classical guitars and the jazz repertoire serve as a common ground for the renditions of the Bruskers Guitar Duo. They come from different backgrounds, classical for Eugenio and the modern music world for Matteo, and they combine their experience revisiting jazz standards as well as bossa nova and Brazilian music. Their repertoire also includes soundtracks and original compositions, always arranged with a unique style.

Jazz @ the Library - Comedy In Jazz

After Dinner Mints

JazzFresno
and the Fresno County Public Libraries host (free and open to the public) Jazz @ the Library, Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the Woodward Park Regional County Library located at 944 E. Perrin Ave. (Champlain & Perrin) Fresno, CA 93720

The Valley's favorite jazz-blues-swing band, After Dinner Mints, will present a lecture/concert on "Comedy in Jazz.” This will be a toe-tapping belly-laughing evening you want to miss!

Jazz @ the Library - River City Swing: Memphis Jazz in the Post-WWII Era

Thad & Mel

JazzFresno
and the Fresno County Public Libraries host (free and open to the public) Jazz @ the Library, Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the Woodward Park Regional County Library located at 944 E. Perrin Ave. (Champlain & Perrin).

Dr. Ray Briggs, ethnomusicologist and Assistant Director of Jazz Studies at California State University, Long Beach, will speak on the topic “River City Swing: Memphis Jazz in the Post-WWII Era,” drawn from his book on the history of jazz in Memphis (forthcoming from the University of Michigan Press). Often seen as the quintessential southern music city, Memphis, Tennessee has been celebrated as “Home of the Blues,” “The Birthplace of Rock and Roll” and a major source par excellence for soul music. This southern metropolis has stood historically as a mecca of musical innovation and creativity in the mid-south region. The jazz tradition in the city, however, has received scant attention. So impressed with the city’s prolific output of talented instrumentalists during its golden age of jazz (1940s-1950s), modern jazz icon Miles Davis once asked, “What were they doing down there when all them guys came through…?”

In response to this pressing question, this presentation will offer a brief overview of Memphis’ jazz legacy, with particular emphasis on the post-WWII era. In addition to highlighting significant individuals and their contributions to the local and national/international jazz scene, the session will uncover key connections between the jazz community and the city’s social and political infrastructure.

Jazz @ the Library - Remembering the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Big Band

Thad & Mel

JazzFresno
and the Fresno County Public Libraries host (free and open to the public) Jazz @ the Library, Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the Woodward Park Regional County Library located at 944 E. Perrin Ave. (Champlain & Perrin).

An evening of hard-driving, big band jazz featuring the music of the legendary and ground-breaking Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Big Band. Members of the Jazz Composers Orchestra and friends will perform.

Les Nunes and Anne Hendrickson, presenters.