Jazz @ the Library

Jazz @ the Library - Early Jazz Piano May 19th 2009

Tuesday May 19th 2009 - 7:00 PM

Woodward Park Regional Library

jazzatlibraryJoin JazzFresno on Tuesday May 19th for another edition of Jazz @ the Library, this time celebrating the styles of early jazz piano masters such as James P. Johnson, Fats Waller, Count Basie and Art Tatum. The event will feature a lecture by local jazz musician and educator Ed Hull, and a performance by Ed's son, pianist David Hull. The Jazz @ the Library program is a free, monthly educational program of JazzFresno, and features a lecture on the thrid Tuesday of every month at the Woodward Park Regional Library, as well as additional lectures at other Fresno County Public Library branches.

Woodard Park Regional Library
944 E Perrin Ave (Champlain & Perrin)

Jazz @ the Library - The Cradle of Jazz - New Orleans

Tuesday March 17th 2009 - 7:00 PM

Woodward Park Regional Library

blue_street-1Dave Ruffner, trombonist and leader of the acclaimed Blue Street traditional jazz band tells the story of how New Orleans gave birth to the music we know today as jazz. "The Cradle of Jazz: How a river and a city brought the world jazz" examines the early and uniquely New Orleans music that developed in the Crescent City in the early 1900's and that sound spread quickly throughout the world, and continues to this day. How did a music that began in "houses of ill repute" spread to concert halls and universities throughout the world? Find out with this edition of Jazz @ the Library, which also will feature a performance by the Blue Street Jazz Band.
944 E Perrin Ave (Champlain & Perrin)

Jazz @ The Library - A Brief History of Jazz

Tuesday April 21st 2009 - 7:00 PM
jazzatlibraryJoin local area jazz trombonist and educator Les Nunes and his Jazz Sextet, as he takes you on a one and a half hour musical journey through the history of jazz. From  will start with the blues then proceed through ragtime, New Orleans and Chicago traditional jazz, swing, bebop, cool, hard bop, funky jazz, free jazz, fusion and modern jazz styles. In addition to hearing the history of jazz, you will be treated to great information on how to listen to jazz while the band actually stops and lets the listener see how the music is put together instrument by instrument in each of the different styles. You won’t want to miss this musical journey with some of the Valley’s best jazz musicians!

Tuesday April 21st 7:00 PM
Woodward Park Regional Library 944 E Perrin Ave (Champlain & Perrin)


Jazz @ the Library - Jazz In the Cinema

Tuesday February 24th 2009


If you missed December's presentation of JAZZ IN THE CINEMA, we have two encore editions of this Jazz @ the Library Series event for you. Hollywood and jazz have a long history together. JAZZ IN THE CINEMA will examine the use of jazz in films, from Source Music to Underscore.  Using film clips to highlight jazz compositions by such film composers as Elmer Bernstein, Johnny Mandel, Jerry Fielding, Duke Ellington, and Miles Davis, Pastor Stephen E. Carlson will trace the history of jazz in the movies.  What is a jazz score?  What are the special difficulties and challenges of composing such a score?  Besides entertaining, can jazz musically support an action scene, a dramatic moment, expressing both the emotion and the conflict? This is a free event.

Jazz @ the Library - The Evolution of African American Music

Tuesday February 17th 2009

duke_ellington_03 Join Fresno State Ethnic Studies professor Robert S. Mikell for a discussion about the "Evolution of African-American Music" in honor of Black History Month. Learn about how the music of African slaves in the new world mixed with other influences to create not only jazz, but much of American popular music today, from blues to rock to hip-hop. Local jazz saxophonist Bobby Logan will perform at this free event.

Jazz at the Library - "Evolution of African American Music"

Tuesday February 17th - 7:00 PM
Woodward Park Regional Library
944 E Perrin Ave (Champlain & Perrin)