Behind the Music: Alex Harding & Lucian Ban DARK BLUE

Join Detroit born baritone saxophonist extraordinaire ALEX HARDING and Transylvanian expat pianist LUCIAN BAN in a celebration of their album DARK BLUE. The duo will perform selections from the album as well as take part in a discussion with the audience about the nature of this unique collaboration between a baritone saxophonist and a pianist. The album showcases Mr. Harding, one of the most important baritone saxophonists of the past decades, in a program of duets with longtime collaborator pianist Lucian Ban – a unique amalgamation of original pieces and improvisations informed by traditions of jazz, blues, and European chamber

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Behind the Music: A conversation with the Artist Benjamin Boone

Join composer, musician and educator Benjamin Boone to get an inside look at the making of his award winning album with Pulitzer Prize winning poet Philip Levine, “The Poetry of Jazz.” Dr. Boone and pianist and collaborator David Aus will share select recordings from the album and offer a behind-the-scenes look at this unique collaboration, the making of the record, and the incredible roster of musicians who played a role in the project. The album was selected as one of the best albums of 2018 in a DOWNBEAT reader’s poll and received acclaim in Jazz Times, the Paris Review, All

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Reyburn Intermediate Jazz Band and Combo

Reyburn Intermediate School Jazz Band and Jazz Combo, under the direction of Adam Elmore, will each perform a 20-minute set and then receive a feedback clinic from Richard Giddens, director of jazz studies at CSU Fresno. Students are invited to arrive at 6:30 pm for FREE PIZZA prior to the performance/clinic. The show begins at 7:00 pm and will conclude by 8:30. Parents and friends are invited to attend as well, but are asked to reserve a ticket as seating is limited. To help cover food costs, a small donation is requested of parents and friends who would like pizza.

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How to Prepare for an Audition

Everyone wants to put their best foot forward when it comes to auditions, but few come out of an audition really happy about how it went. Why? Join saxophonist, composer, and educator Tim Shaghoian as he offers advice on how to prepare, how to relax, what to do when you are caught by surprise, and everything else you need to do to ensure that you are ready for that next big audition! Visit the Facebook events page for tickets. ADVANCE TICKETS ARE REQUIRED TO EAT!

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Behind the Music is a series of workshops, talks, musical presentations, and artistic and educational offering for both students and adults. The series os offered through a generous grant from the Cultural Arts Rotary Club of Fresno. The presentations typically take place at the Milestones/JazzFresno Studio at 90 E. Escalon, Suite 115 in Fresno. 

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