Past Events

Saturday March 14th - 8:00 PM

ellingtonThe Warnors Center for the Performing Arts, presents the timeless and universal sounds of the Duke Ellington Orchestra in concert Saturday March 14th at 8:00 PM, under the leadership of Paul Ellington, Duke's grandson. Classics  like Mood Indigo, Take the A Train, Don’t Get Around Much Anymore, and It Don’t Mean A Thing if It Ain’t Got That Swing, have entertained millions. Now the music and the magic of the world famous Duke Ellington Orchestra comes to Fresno for this special event.  For tickets go to or call 559-264-2848

Featuring Gilbert Castellanos

gilbertc_225pxThe 19th annual City Jazz Festival returns to Fresno City College on Thursday March 26th. The event features dozens of performances by student groups during the day, plus a special evening awards concert with the FMCMEA Honor Jazz Bands, and the Fresno City College Jazz Ensemble with special guest trumpet artist and former Fresnan Gilbert Castellanos.

More information about the City Jazz Festival is available online at

The jazz quintet BUG and the Buchanan High School Jazz Band A perform in concert Wednesday November 12th at the Paul Shaghoian Concert Hall. BUG is Peter Epstein, saxophone; James Miley, piano; Jeff Miley, guitar; Roger Shew, bass; and Brian Hamada, drums. The concert begins at 7:30 PM, doors open at 7:00 PM. A ticket discount for JazzFresno members will be available. This is Buchanan High School event. 

BUG & Buchanan High Jazz Band "A"
Wednesday November 12th - 7:30 PM
Tickets / Adults $15 / Students & Jazz Fresno Members $10 (checks payable to Buchanan Foundation)
More info 327-3225
Paul Shaghoian Concert Hall
2770 E. International, Fresno CA 93730

Buchanan High School presents the San Joaquin Valley Jazz Festival, February 5th and 6th 2010 at Buchanan High School in Clovis CA, and at the Paul Shaghoian Concert Hall on the campus of Clovis North High School in Fresno, CA. For more information, visit:

February 5th & 6th 2010
Presented by Buchanan High School

kneebody225The 22nd annual San Joaquin Valley Jazz Festival takes place Friday February 5th and Saturday February 6th 2010 at Buchanan High School in Clovis and at the Paul Shaghoian Concert Hall in Fresno. The event features top student jazz ensembles, performing in competition throughout the day, and special headline artists in showcase performances. All events are open to the public. This year's guest artists include the innovative improvisational group Kneebody. The event is produced by the Buchanan High School Jazz Program. Jazz Fresno is a sponsor of the event. Visit the festival website for more details about this year's festival at


About the San Joaquin Valley Jazz Festival:
The San Joaquin Valley Jazz Festival was founded in 1989 by Paul Shaghoian. After being held at the D&D Ranch in Madera, CA, it was moved to San Joaquin Memorial High School, and finally to Buchanan High School in 1992. During the festival’s 21 years in existence the central valley has seen some of the nation’s top musicians and jazz educators during it’s numerous two day runs in February. Such notables have included educators, Larry Sutherland, Gene Aitken, Neil Slater, George Stone, Aaron Lington and James Miley to name a few. The performance line-ups have been a virtual who’s who of performers throughout the state and nation and have included Bobby Shew, Frank Mantooth, Jim Snidero, Glenn Kostur, Jeff Uusitalo, Carl Saunders, Gary Hobbs, Dave Rickenburg, John Gove, Lanny Morgan, Tim Ries, Michael Davis, Brian Lynch, Peter Epstein, Terell Stafford and in 2009 David Binney. 

Featuring Saxophonist Peter Epstein

Peter Epstein

Roughly 50 Middle school and High School Big Bands from up and down California and as well as high school combos will perform at the 19th annual San Joaquin Valley Jazz Festival - Friday and Saturday February 2nd & 3rd at Buchanan High School in Clovis. This year's featured artist is saxophonist Peter Epstein, who will perform with the Buchanan High School Jazz Band A, as well as in clinics at the festival. One day tickets passes are $8 (both venues). More information is available by calling 559-327-3225.

San Joaquin Valley Jazz Festival Website

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