You can now purchase your tickets to the City Jazz Festival!
Friday March 23-24, 2017
Since its inception in 1991, the City Jazz Festival has grown to an event hosting dozens of student jazz groups from throughout California, performing in three different venues at Fresno City College. The emphasis has always been on education. A panel of jazz educators critiques the students’ performances, and they attend a variety of workshops presented by some of the greatest professional jazz performers in the country. Scholarships to the Berklee College of Music, FCC, and many summer music camps are awarded to outstanding student performers. The event culminates with a performance by the featured guest artist, accompanied by the FCC Jazz Ensemble. Here are a few facts and figures based on the 20 year history of the festival:
- Over 850 student jazz groups have participated
- Over $100,000 in scholarships have been awarded
- Featured guest artists have included a who’s who of jazz:
- Saxophonists: Eric Marienthal, Bob Mintzer, Ernie Watts, Tom Scott, Tim Ries, and Bob Sheppard
- Trumpeters: Wayne Bergeron, Bobby Shew, Ingrid Jensen, and Gilbert Castellanos
- Guitarists: Anthony Wilson and Mark Whitfield
- Drummers: Jeff Hamilton and Steve Houghton
- Trombonists: Conrad Herwig and Andy Martin
- Vocalists: Tierney Sutton, Gretchen Parlato, Kevin Mahogany, Kristin Korb, Sara Gazarek, and Sunny Wilkinson
- Mark Levine and the Latin Tingle
- New West Guitar Group
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City Jazz 2017
This year’s festival will include two days of student jazz performances, plus clinics and workshops, and an exciting Awards concert featuring guest artist Antonio Hart.
Thursday, March 23
- Student performances from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Clinics and workshops (times TBA)
- Awards Concert featuring Antonio Hart, FCC Jazz Ensemble, Festiival All-Stars Concert (FCC Theatre, 7:30 p.m.)
Friday, March 24
- Student performances from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
- Clinics and Workshops (times TBA)
Schedule of Performances - coming soon
Director Information - coming soon
Jazz at FCC
City Jazz is part of a strong jazz studies program offered at Fresno City College, directed by festival founder and jazz ensemble director Mike Dana. FCC’s jazz program is the most diverse in central California, and has earned a national reputation. Performance groups include the Jazz Ensemble, Latin Jazz Ensemble, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and Jazz Combos. Courses in jazz improvisation, theory, history, and arranging are also offered. Faculty members include Mike Dana, Larry Honda, George Ramirez, Julie Dana, Craig VonBerg, and Nye Morton. In addition to the festival, the jazz program at FCC has brought many other performers to perform at work with students. These include the New West Guitar Group, the Langston Hughes Project, guitarists Nguyen Le, Frank Gambale, and John Stowell, the University of North Texas 1:00 Lab Band, and many more.
Featuring Guest Artist Antonio Hart
Antonio Hart has been long recognized as one of the most talented instrumentalists of his generation. In his 20 years as a professional musician he has performed and recorded with many jazz greats, including Dizzy Gillespie, Roy Hargrove, Nancy Wilson, Nat Adderley, McCoy Tyner, and Dave Holland.
Hart’s study of Jazz began at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he studied with Bill Pierce, Andy McGhee and Joe Viola. The three teachers gave him the foundation he needed to develop into a professional musician. He made many friends at Berklee, but the most important was Roy Hargrove. They spent three years touring the world and recording Hargrove’s first three records. Hart considers Hargrove to be his brother in life and music. He featured Hargrove on his first recording “For The First Time”.
After graduating from Berklee, Hart also worked on a Master’s Degree at Queens College. There he had the opportunity to learn from the great Jimmy Heath and Donald Byrd. Hart felt blessed and honored when Mr. Heath produced his second recording “Don’t You Know I Care.” His 1997 release, “Here I Stand” earned Hart a Grammy nomination for “Best Jazz Instrumental Solo.” He has performed on over 100 recordings, including seven CDs as a leader. His most recent CD, “All We Need,” is on Chiaroscuro Records.
Antonio has also been recognized as an important jazz educator. He is on the music faculty at Queens College in New York, and teaches at workshops and clinics throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. He feels very blessed to have the balance of teaching, as well as traveling around the world. In his off time, he practices martial arts, and listens to other styles of music for inspiration. Hart is constantly trying to honor his many teachers by continuing to study music and teach to the best of his ability.
For more on Antonio Hart, visit http://antoniohart.com/
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Fresno City College Music Department
1101 E. University Ave.
Fresno, CA. 93741