Past Events

There's a number of outstanding local jazz events featuring out-of-town artists coming up over the next few days. These events are not produced by JazzFresno but we thought we'd share the info with you. Here's some of the highlights:

Arte Americas presents Gilbert Castellanos Latin Jazz Quintet
Friday May 28th - 8:00 PM
Arte Americas Plaza - 1630 Van Ness Ave
$15 General Admission, $13 Members

Buchanan High Jazz Program presents Kerry Marsh & Julia Dollison "Vertical Voices" the Music of Maria Schneider
Monday May 31st - 7:30 PM
Paul Shaghoian Concert Hall
2770 E International, Fresno CA 93730

Tickets: $12 (General) $10 (JazzFresno / Seniors) $8 (Students with school ID)

Bullard High presents trumpeter Ron King& the David Aus Trio
Wednesday June 2nd -7:30 PM
Bullard High Theatre

Presented by Fresno City College

cityjazz2010Fresno City College presents the 20th anniversary edition of the City Jazz Festival Thursday March 25th and Friday March 26th. The festival features performances by dozens of top junior high and high school jazz ensembles, plus evening concerts with guest jazz stars. This year Rolling Stones saxophonist Tim Ries is the guest artist in the Thursday night March 25th awards concert. And the festival is capped off on Friday March 26th with a performance by the GRAMMY nominated Tierney Sutton Band. All concert performances take place at the Fresno City College Theatre. 

This year the festival also features a new series of off campus events leading up the festival. Join the Valley’s finest jazz artists and students at the City Jazz Cafe at the Revue (620 E. Olive in Fresno’s Tower District). And it is free!


Monday March 22nd: Karen Marguth & Espacio, Buchanan HS Jazz Combo
Tuesday March 23rd: Mike Dana Trio, Bullard HS Jazz Combo
Wednesday March 24th: Jimmy Emerzian, CSU Fresno Jazz Combo

Saturday, June 26, 2010 at 12:30 p.m.

“Conversation with the Artist” with jazz vocalist Julie Kelly

at “The Revue Café”
620 East Olive Ave., in Fresno's historic Tower District.

Come join us as we enjoy good food, and great conversation as JazzFresno hosts an open discussion with Ms. Kelly.
Ms. Kelly will also be performing live as she shares experiences from her varied and extensive performing background.

Julie Kelly will also be appearing in concert on Friday June 25th, 2010 at the Club One Casino Showroom at 8:00 PM.
Support for the Conversations With the Artist series comes from the Community Enrichment Program, administered by the Fresno Arts Council.
This is a FREE event!


Revue Café
620 East Olive Ave.
Fresno, CA 93728

julie_kellyJazzFresno presents LA based jazz vocalist Julie Kelly, Friday June 25th at 8:00 PM at Club One Casino's Showroom. The late, respected jazz critic Leonard Feather once said of jazz singer Julie Kelly, "Julie Kelly radiates a sense of joy and spontaneity. Listening to her, you are reminded that jazz singing is still alive and well!" Feather's successor at the Los Angeles Times, the veteran critic Don Heckman, referred to Kelly as having, "one of the finest vocal jazz instruments of the 90's".


Kelly moved to Los Angeles in 1980 and shortly after that began her recording career with Pausa Records. Her 1984 "We're On Our Way" contains her captivating version of Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen's "All My Tomorrows". Two years later there was "Never Let Me Go". In 1992 she recorded "Some Other Time" on CMG Records with the remarkable pianist/arranger Tom Garvin and in 1997, "Stories To Tell" was released in collaboration with pianist arranger Bill Cunliffe. Julie and Bill colllaborated again on her 1999 "Into The Light" and now Julie teams back up with Tom Garvin for "Kelly Sings Christy". During her years in Los Angeles she has worked with such luminaries as Benny Green, Nat Adderley, Ray Brown, John Clayton, Ross Tompkins, Bobby Ojeda, Gary Foster, and Alan Broadbent. Julie can be found in Leonard Feather's Encyclopedia of Jazz.

JazzFresno presents Julie Kelly
Friday June 25th 8:00 PM

Club One Casino
1033 N. Van Ness Ave Fresno
Ticket info: $15 general / $12 JazzFresno Members
Parking is free for the event.  Enter Parking Structure 8 (the underground garage) at the corner of Van Ness and Tulare and proceed to the BLUE level.  Then take the elevator to the lobby of Club One Casino. See you there!

rickhlzr-sm-1JazzFresno presents pianist Rick Helzer in concert, Friday June 4th at 8:00 PM at the Club One Casino Showroom. A native of the San Joaquin Valley, Rick is an acclaimed jazz pianist, and is Associate Director of Jazz Studies at San Diego State. This special reunion concert features Rick with longtime Fresno friends Brian Hamada, John Lauffenberger, and Gary Newmark. You won't want to miss this special musical reunion.

JazzFresno presents Rick Helzer & Friends
Friday June 4th, 8:00 PM
Club One Casino Showroom
1033 N. Van Ness Ave.
Fresno, CA 93721

Cover: $10 JazzFresno members / $12 general.
Free parking is available directly below Club One in the Underground Garage (enter at Van Ness & Tulare), and simply take the elevator into the Club One lobby.

In addition to his concert performance, Rick will also be the subject of a "Conversation With the Artist" Saturday June 5th, 2010 at 1:00 p.m., at The Revue, located at 620 E. Olive Avenue Fresno, CA 93728.  Brian Hamada will moderate an open discussion with Rick, which will feature an overview of Rick's musical roots and influences, and his opinions on jazz education and composition. This is a FREE event!