Jazz @ the Library

Jazz @ the Library - Songbirds of Jazz - Sept 15 2009

The Songbirds of Jazz - featuring Karen Marguth

Tuesday September 15th 2009 - 7:00 PM

karen225Local vocalist Karen Marguth tells and sings the story of the important influences that female vocalists have had on the popularity and development of jazz.
This is a free event.
Woodward Park Regional Library
944 E Perrin Ave (Champlain & Perrin)

Jazz @ the Library - West Fresno Blues - June 16th 2009

mercydeeWest Fresno Blues: The Untold Story

Local blues and jazz educator Roger Gonzales hosts a talk on West Fresno Blues as the June installment of the Jazz @ the Library series, Tuesday June 16th at 7:00 PM at the Woodward Park Regional Library at 7:00 PM. The post WWII Blues scene in Fresno had a distinctive sound that contributed greatly to the West Coast Blues sound.  While the two major cities of LA and Oakland/SF offered a much more urban or “big city” sound to the Blues, Fresno offered a much more rural “down home” feel to the Blues, which is still found in Fresno Blues to this day.  Some of the pioneers of that sound still live and perform in Fresno to this day and will be featured in the upcoming presentation at the Woodward Park Library.     This presentation is about the Fresno Blues scene that took place on the west side of the city.  The blues scene consisted primarily of a network of Juke Joints that were an important part of California’s version of a Chitlin’ Circuit.  These clubs provided African American musicians a safe place to perform during the unfortunate years of segregation in the United States.  Musicians traveling between LA and SF could also be found performing in one of West Fresno’s juke joints such as the Jericho Café, Loretta’s Inn or Wagner’s.  But along with the traveling bluesmen from the two major cities were the local bluesmen that created that down home feel so distinctive to Fresno’s sound.  Performers like Sidney Maidens, Mercy Dee Walton and Hosea Leavy worked and lived in Fresno a were a major influence to the growth of the music.   The event will also feature live music from Fresno blues legends, Ed Bruke and Bobby Logan.

Tuesday June 16th 2009 - 7:00 PM Woodward Park Regional Library 944 E Perrin Ave (Champlain & Perrin)

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)

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