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Friday May 15th 2009 - Central High School

persipwebFrom big bands to combos, recordings with Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Stitt, Cannonball Adderley and countless others, drummer Charli Persip is one of the greatest jazz drummers alive today. Charli Persip's nearly forty year mission includes distinguished residencies with Dizzy Gillespie and Billy Eckstine, as well as gigs and record dates with Tadd Dameron, Frank Foster, Eric Dolphy, Roland Kirk, John Coltrane, among many others. Persip was the drummer on the legendary, "Eternal Triangle" recording, featuring Sonny Rollins and Sonny Stitt. Concurrent with his performing activities, Charli has earned a reputation as a superb educator. As a teacher Charli ranks among the best. He is currently Associate Professor at the New School of Music in Manhattan, fifteen years as drum and music instructor for Jazzmobile Inc. and has a highly successful privet practice. He is a popular attraction at drum clinics and lecture demonstrations at the nations most prestigious schools, such as Howard University, University of Massachusetts, Ohio State University, and North Texas State University. Persip will perform with an all-star local band featuring formerly Fresno based trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos, pianist David Aus, saxophonist Larry Honda, trombonist Les Nunes, and bassist Rodney Yakota.

Charli Persip In Concert - featuring Gilbert Castellanos
Friday May 15th 2009 - 7:00 PM
Central High School Theatre - Central High East Campus - 3535 N. Cornelia
Directions: Ashlan Ave exit off of Highway 99, 1/2 mile west to Cornelia, turn left
Tickets are available at the Sierra Nut House Villagio & The Tower Theatre Box Office.
Tickets are $15 general / $12 JazzFresno members, students and seniors
Support for this concert comes from the Community Enrichment Program, administered by the Fresno Arts Council; and the Bertha and John Garabedian Charitable Foundation

In addition to Charli's concert performance on May 15th, he will also do two other special events for JazzFresno while he is in town:

A Conversation with Charli Persip
Thursday May 14th - 7:00 PM
Fresno County Central Library - 2420 Mariposa Street Downtown Fresno
Free

Jazz Drum Clinic with Charli Persip
Saturday May 16th - 2:00 PM
Bullard High Band Room
$10 adults, $6 students