JazzFresno, the Fresno County Public Library, KFSR 90.7 FM, and the Woodward Park Friends of the Library will host a free, in person and open to the public Jazz at the Library presentation on Tuesday, February 15, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. at the Woodward Park Regional County Library located at 944 E. Perrin Ave. (Champlain & Perrin), Fresno, CA 93720.
This month we welcome Rick Helzer as he presents the music of Monk Imagined and Reimagined. Rick will be joined by John Lauffenburger on bass and Gary Newmark on drums.
“Thelonious Monk does not simply play the piano–he lives through it. The instrument is an extension of himself. Each note Monk plays is a cathartic expression of emotion–love, loss, pain, anguish–all conspiring…to create a sound world unique to the mysterious jazz master, an auditory experience impossible to replicate and
impossible to ignore….”
Bendetto Colagiovanni, Artifacts Journal, April 2016,
University of Missouri
Admission is free but proof of vaccine or recent negative covid test are required for entry to this months event. Masks covering nose and mouth will be required; temperatures will be taken and social distancing will be practiced throughout the presentation. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
Come on out and see what drum kit Gary brings this month.
While we have had to cancel Milestones Summer Jazz 2019, we have managed to put together a kind of “jazz camp lite” that will give 30+ kids the opportunity to play in a jazz combo with one of the Valley’s top jazz educators at “jazz combo school!”
However, when we cancelled camp, we also lost our scholarship sponsor. Though jazz combo school is much more affordable, just $125, there are still a number of kids whose families cannot comfortably come up with that amount.
That is where we hope you can help! Please consider making this one-time donation to Milestones Youth Jazz that will go directly to jazz combo schooL tuition for kids who can’t afford it.
JUST $125 will give a kid 10 hours of jazz instruction! And if that’s a bit much, any amount you donate will be most appreciated! Thank you for your help!
Though Milestones Summer Jazz had to be cancelled due to a series of unfortunate circumstances, we are pleased to announce that we will be offering an alternative! Summer Jazz Combo School will in two sessions: June 17-21 and June 24-28. Participants will play in small group jazz ensembles that meet for two hours per day all week long.
In these five two hour sessions with a jazz pro you will get experience playing in a small group jazz ensemble with others who are playing at your level.
Conference cost is $50 in advance. You will be directed to a payment page upon registration. (If you are not ready to pay at this time, please make a note of the payment page URL so you can return there when you are ready. It is not accessible from this page). Tuition should be paid prior to the conference.
To support the future jazz educators of the world, cost for students is $20, and this fee is refunded when you show up for the conference!
Milestones Summer Jazz Camp will take place on Monday, June 17 through Friday, June 21 at Glacier Point Middle School in Fresno, CA. The camp is for jazz musicians and aspiring jazz musicians alike, from those just entering middle school to college students 20 years and younger.
We have assembled a faculty of outstanding jazz educators and musicians that reads like a who’s who in jazz. The faculty will lead small group ensembles and provide master classes and instruction in jazz theory and improvisation for kids playing at every level.
The We Got The Beat Music Camp includes five days of improvisation, ethnic drumming, drum set sessions and fun, fun, FUN!
During the 3-hour daily sessions, students learn how to make music using various percussion instruments such as congas, bongos, drum sets, marimbas, vibraphones, xylophones, rain sticks, tambourines, and many, many more. Students learn percussion rhythms with fun phrases, like “Banana Underwear.” First you say it, then you play it! They learn how to play melodies and harmonies, and how to play within a large group.
At the end of the week, the kids perform for family and friends, showcasing the skills they have acquired in just one week. You’ll be amazed at what you hear!!! No experience is necessary to attend. This camp will enhance any previous music training and provide a strong foundation for future music learning. Come and join the fun – we promise you will wish the week would never end.
WHAT IS “THE WE GOT THE BEAT WAY”?
We Got The Beat is a program that teaches students how to play music in a way that is wholly aural and experiential. Reading music is not required nor taught. WGTB teaches children the qualities of responsibility, teamwork and cooperation through playing in a band – valuable skills that can be applied well beyond the WGTB experience. WGTB teaches these and other qualities through the study of classic rock, Latin and jazz songs, played on drums and percussion instruments. We Got The Beat also helps build self-confidence through performance, and further encourages individuality & self-expression through improvisation.
This is the time of year when we ask you to support the work we are doing at JazzFresno. But first, we would like to have you ask yourself this question: What is it in the JazzFresno mission that makes you care enough to offer financial support?
To help you answer that question, first you should know that our mission is to support jazz performance and education in the Valley. In 2018, we took a number of steps toward strengthening that commitment. Among them:
The launch of our new website at jazzfresno.org that features a redesigned jazz calendar. Now, you have a place to go to find out what’s happening when it comes to local jazz (and there is a lot happening!).
A new student jazz calendar, developed in conjunction with the jazz studies leaders at both Fresno City College and Fresno State. You will be amazed at what these kids are doing!
A soon-to-be program we are developing with KFSR where you will hear about these events on the radio!
Our new Thursday night “Behind the Music” series, coming in January, that will offer you insights into the jazz world from the perspective of the jazz musician.
A continued focus on providing you with world-class presentations and performances in our Jazz at the Library series.
A persistent emphasis on jazz education through our We Got The Beat and Milestones Youth Jazz Workshop programs, including two summer camps, as well as the sponsorship of our annual Jazz Educators Conference.
In addition, we also made the decision to bring on a volunteer executive director. We believe this will help us to coordinate our efforts and work even more effectively in the community.
So, if you can point to any of the above and say, “Yes! That is why JazzFresno deserves my support”, then please take a few minutes to visit the support section of this website, and become an investor in our commitment to the Valley jazz scene. Your gift is 100 percent tax deductible.
The JazzFresno Board of Directors
p.s. We have a goal of 50 “sustaining investors.” You can read more about that program at the link above. We sincerely hope you will join us!