Past Events

Friday May 1st 2009 at Edison High School

bobbypiercewebLA based Hammond B-3 organ master Bobby Pierce brings his soulful jazz grooves to Fresno for this special concert presented by JazzFresno at Edison High School.  He’s worked with James Moody, Gene Ammons Eddie Harris & Pat Martino and his 1972 debut LP is rare classic sought out worldwide by soul jazz collectors. He  made his triumphant return to the recording studio in 2008.“One of the most thrilling jazz organists I’ve  heard on record.”  - Pete Fallico

Bobby Pierce in concert
Friday May 1st 2009 - 7:00 PM
Edison High School
Tickets are available at the Sierra Nut House Villagio & The Tower Theatre Box Office.
Tickets are $15 general / $12 JazzFresno members, students and seniors

Read more: JazzFresno presents Bobby Pierce

Tuesday April 14th 2009 at Fresno High

kilgorewebJazzFresno presents vocalist Rebecca Kilgore in concert on Tuesday night April 14th at historic Royce Hall at Fresno High School. Rebecca Kilgore is one of America's leading song stylists who finds particular delight in preserving and interpreting the great vocal jazz of the 30s and 40s, an era she feels is noted for high quality songwriting and heartfelt lyrics. She'll be joined in this Fresno concert with by an all star local band including members of the Blue Street Jazz Band, including Jason Wanner, (piano); Rick Canfield, (drums) and Pete Scaffidi (bass).

With over 30 recordings in her discography, some of her most notable are with Dave Frishberg on piano, and she has teamed with him on long standing engagements in Portland, Oregon, where they both reside. She's also part of the quartet called BED   (“Becky, Eddie—Eddie Erickson (guitar/banjo/voice), Dan—Dan Barrett (trombone)," also featuring Joel Forbes (bass), which captivates audiences with its eclectic repertoire of classic jazz. She has been invited to perform with the Statesmen Of Jazz, dedicated to perpetuating the art of jazz for future generations.

Rebecca Kilgore in Concert
Tuesday April 14th - 7:00 PM
Royce Hall - Fresno High School
Tickets are available at the Sierra Nut House Villagio & The Tower Theatre Box Office.
Tickets are $15 general / $12 JazzFresno members, students and seniors

Read more: JazzFresno presents Rebecca Kilgore

Saturday February 28th 2009

Amina FigarovaOne of Europe’s top jazz stars, pianist and bandleader Amina Figarova brings her sextet to Fresno direct from her home in Rotterdam, The Netherlands for this special concert. A native of Azerbaijan, Figarova began to study piano at age 2, and studies classical music at the Baku Conservatory, and jazz at the Rotterdam Conservatory and the Berklee College of Music. She released her first CD in 1994, and has since recorded nine more, as well as a DVD “Live in Amsterdam.” Her most recent CD "Above the Clouds" was released in 2008 and spent 10 weeks in the Top 15 of the JazzWeek USA Jazz Chart. Don’t miss what will be one of the best jazz events of 2009.

"Above the Clouds confirms that Figarova is among the most important composers to come into jazz in the new millennium..." - JAZZTIMES, November 2008

The Amina Figarova Sextet
Saturday February 28th, 2009
7:00 PM - Bullard High School Theatre - Palm & Barstow Ave.
Tickets: $12 General / $10 JazzFresno members; students; seniors
Advance ticket outlets: Tower Theatre Box Office; Sierra Nut House Villagio
Tickets go on sale February 1st.
Support for this concert comes from the Community Enrichment Program, administered by the Fresno Arts Council; and the Bertha and John Garabedian Charitable Foundation

Read more: JazzFresno presents the Amina Figarova Sextet

Sunday November 9th - Paul Shaghoian Concert Hall

shaghoianhallJazzFresno is treating you to a Sunday afternoon EVENT of refreshments, entertainment, an awesome concert and shopping for “Bauble Bangles & Beads” just in time for the holidays. You will not want to miss the opportunity to enjoy the NEW Shaghoian Concert Hall at the new Performing Arts Center at Willow & International.  It is spectacular!!!!

2:30 PM Doors open “Baubles Bangles & Beads” Show Entertainment by Buchanan Jazz Combo; Spectacular Jewelry Show for Holiday shopping with local jewelry artists Toast ‘Ol Blue Eyes’ with a Specialty $3 Martini (non-alcoholic); Silent Auction and a Raffle for a gorgeous decorated Money Tree; Complimentary Refreshments - Traditional Cider and Hot Chocolate Enjoy a relaxing time with friends and shop till you drop
4:00 PM Concert Time “A Salute to Sinatra”
Opening the show is the Clovis High School Jazz Band
Featured performance: “A Salute to Sinatra” Joe Lenigan’s full 17 piece Band and Vocalists.

Tickets:  JazzFresno Members $25
General $40 ($50 at the door)
Ticket locations: Sierra Nut House, Vilagio Center at Nees & Blackstone           
Hearts Delight at 5th & Pollasky, Clovis 
Contact 222-7366

Saturday March 7th @ Fresno State

jh_blueflowersThe Percussive Arts Society, California Chapter and the California State University Fresno Department of Music present the 18th Annual Central California Day of Percussion, Saturday, March 7th 2009, in the Concert Hall in the Music Building at Fresno State. The event features workshops during the day and an evening performance beginning at 6:30pm which features jazz drummer Jeff Hamilton with the Fresno State Jazz Band 'A'. Percussionist Taku Hirano will also be featured on the concert as well as marching percussion specialist Jeff Ausdemore, the children's percussion group We Got the Beat and the Fresno State Percussion Ensemble.

Fresno State students: Free admission with Fresno State ID
P.A.S. Members: Full day pass: Students, $3.00; Adults, $5.00      
General Public: Full day pass: Students, $10.00; Adults, $15.00
Concert Only: General $10.00, Seniors $8.00, Students $6.00

For general information please contact Dr. Matthew Darling, Percussion Studies
California State University, Fresno (559)-278-2654
Advanced tickets are available online at or in the Music Building Box Office from 11am -1pm Mon-Fri, excluding holidays