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Central California Life Magazine

City Jazz Festival

26th Anniversary Edition

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, Tom Scott, Bob Mintzer, Ernie Watts, 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, Kevin Mahogany, Kristin Korb, and Sunny Wilkinson Mark Levine and the Latin Tinge Contact Mike Dana at ext. 8463

Date & Time

March 31, 2016

8:00AM - 5:30PM

More Info

Event Website


Admission to the daytime student performances is free.

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