Jazz @ the Library

Jazz @ the Library - A Look at the Latin Jazz Rhythm Section

George Ramirez

Tuesday January 17th - Woodward Park Regional Library

 

JazzFresno and the Fresno County Public Libraries host (free and open to the public) Jazz at the Library on Tuesday January 17th, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at the Woodward Park Regional County Library located at 944 E. Perrin Ave. (Champlain & Perrin).

 

George Ramirez, jazz educator and Latin jazz specialist, will give a talk titled “A Look at the Latin Jazz Rhythm Section.” This presentation/mini concert will provide a brief history and some insight into the inner workings of the Latin jazz rhythm section and show that Latin jazz is not just “jazz with congas.”

Jazz @ the Library - The Harmonica and its Unique Role in Jazz

Roger Gonzales

Tuesday November 15th - Woodward Park Regional Library

 

JazzFresno and the Fresno County Public Libraries host (free and open to the public) Jazz at the Library on Tuesday November 15, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at the Woodward Park Regional County Library located at 944 E. Perrin Ave. (Champlain & Perrin).

 

Roger Gonzalez, harmonica player and educator, will give a presentation titled: “The Harmonica and its Unique Role in Jazz.” Roger will explore the role of the chromatic harmonica in jazz starting with the genius of Larry Adler’s performances in several motion pictures as well as the virtuosic performances by The Harmonica Rascals. The playing of Belgian Jean “Toots” Thielemans that revolutionized the jazz harmonica and whose playing became the benchmark all jazz harmonists, will be receive special attention in Roger’s presentation. Other current great European and U.S. harmonica players will also be considered. A little “Harmonica 101” will be thrown in along the way. Live music by Roger, David Aus, Roy Carlson, Larry Honda and Gary Newmark will accompany the presentation.

Jazz @ the Library - Wynton Marsalis: Jazz Trumpeter, Composer and Educator

Joe Lewis

Tuesday October 25th - Woodward Park Regional Library

 

JazzFresno and the Fresno County Public Libraries host (free and open to the public) Jazz at the Library on Tuesday October 25, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at the Woodward Park Regional County Library located at 944 E. Perrin Ave. (Champlain & Perrin).

 

Joe Lewis, jazz trumpeter and composer, will give a presentation titled Wynton Marsalis: Jazz Trumpeter, Composer and Educator. Joe will provide a detailed analysis of Mr. Marsalis’ unique style and how it has changed throughout his 34-year recording career of this superstar of music. The program will conclude with Joe Lewis and members of the Jazz Composers’ Orchestra performing three Wynton Marsalis compositions.

Jazz @ the Library - Jazz and the Cinema

Elevator to the Gallows

Tuesday September 20th - Woodward Park Regional Library

 

JazzFresno and the Fresno County Public Libraries host Jazz at the Library on Tuesday September 20, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at the Woodward Park Regional County Library located at 944 E. Perrin Ave. (Champlain & Perrin).

 

Starting off the fall schedule on Tuesday, September 20th, Pastor Stephen Carlson, President of JazzFresno, will give a presentation titled “Jazz and the Cinema.”

Ever since motion pictures were made, music has been an important component.  The piano or organ accompanying the silent movie on the screen was quickly replaced by full orchestras performing original music specifically composed for the movie.  These film scores were, in the main, composed by European-born composers, writing in the classical vein.  But a change occurred when American-born composers began to write for the movies, and they began to explore and use a musical idiom unique to American - jazz!  Using musical examples and film clips, Pastor Carlson will talk about this transition and how jazz has been effectively used to support the emotion and action you see on the screen.  Join us for an entertaining and informative evening.

Jazz @ the Library - Listening: Is it Jazz, or is it Musak?

Leonard Bedoian

Tuesday May 17th - Woodward Park Regional Library

 

JazzFresno and the Fresno County Public Libraries host Jazz at the Library on Tuesday May 17, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at the Woodward Park Regional County Library located at 944 E. Perrin Ave. (Champlain & Perrin).

 

Leonard Bedoian, music educator and vibraharpist, will give a presentation titled "Listening: Is it Jazz, or is it Musak?" Leonard will provide a few simple listening techniques on how to get a more satisfying experience from listening to jazz as opposed to just "hearing" it as background music. Music to help illustrate some basic listening techniques will be supplied by Leonard's trio.