Registration for year two of the Milestones Youth Jazz Workshop school-year program is now in progress! This year, the program features two new directors for the intermediate program: Eva Scow and Otto Lee.
Eva Scow is a well-known musician on the local scene. She was on the faculty for our summer program and was a big hit with students and parents alike. Ms. Scow brings an enthusiasm for the music and a passion for teaching kids that is contagious.
Joining Ms. Scow in working with our intermediate students is Otto Lee. Mr. Lee is another fixture on the local jazz scene who is highly regarded for his improv skills. He has a master’s degree in music performance and is a veteran of the CSU Fresno Jazz Band 'A'. Mr. Lee will also be leading the jazz ensemble at Fresno Pacific University this year.
Not to be forgotten, our advanced directors, Brian Hamada and Larry Honda, are back for another year! Two of the area's most highly regarded jazz musicians and educators, they are making plans for another year of great jazz.
Another exciting change to the program is the addition of a "jazz theory" component. In addition to a 90-minute ensemble rehearsal, Milestones students will also take part in a 30-minute jazz theory class each week. You can learn more about the Milestones program on the project website at MilestonesJazz.org.
Milestones Youth Jazz Workshop is a JazzFresno project offering jazz performance and education opportunities to kids in California’s Central San Joaquin Valley.
Any young musician in the upper elementary grades through high school is invited to participate. The programs are specifically targeted to kids who do not have access to jazz programs in their home schools. The Milestones mission is to ensure that every child has the opportunity to participate in America’s true original art form and to develop the self-confidence, social skills and life-long memories that come with that participation.
Thursday, November 5th, 2015 at venues throughout the Tower District and Downtown Fresno
JazzFresno is proud to announce JazzHop, a monthly series designed to promote local jazz (& assorted other styles) at various venues throughout the Tower District and downtown Fresno area, on the first Thursday of every month.
Come out on Thursday, November 5th, and support the local jazz scene!
Since 2006, JazzFresno has presented over a dozen concerts featuring some of the top names in jazz. Hearing jazz performed live, whether in a concert hall, or a small jazz club, is a truly unique experience, and JazzFresno is working to provide additional opportunities to hear what has been called "America's Classical Music" locally, right here in the Central San Joaquin Valley. From Grammy award winners and international stars to established local legends and young up and comers, JazzFresno has been instrumental in enhancing opportunities to hear live jazz in the Fresno area.
JazzFresno's "Conversation With the Artist" series brings jazz listeners face to face with some of the most accomplished and talented musicians in jazz. These free events feature a moderated discussion with the artist, a question and answer period, and an intimate performance. Check back soon for more information about upcoming "Conversation With the Artist" events for 2011.
Support for this program comes from the Community Enrichment Program, administered by the Fresno Arts Council.