Milestones Caps First Season with Eight Hours of Live Jazz
The Painted Table was packed from wall to wall on April 20 for an incredible day of jazz that featured each of the Milestones groups in a season-ending concert for the ages. Many of the Valley’s brightest jazz stars including Eva Scow and Espacio, Karen Marguth, The Fresno City College Faculty Combo and a host of other Valley jazz greats made it a night to remember with amazing performances.
A highlight of the event was a check presentation from PG&E for $5,000 to be used for scholarships in the upcoming season. It was also announced that an anonymous donor has agreed to match PG&E’s contribution as well as all other funds raised during the day.
The Milestones Youth Jazz Workshop and JazzFresno thank everyone involved in the event, including event sponsor Walter and Wilhelm Law Group, The Painted Table, all of the incredible musicians who participated, and most of all, all of the Milestones student musicians and their parents who made the inaugural Milestones season a huge success!
The Milestones advanced ensemble, under the direction of Larry Honda, had the crowd jumping with two amazing sets.
Project director Jim Page and the Milestones Intermediate Ensemble gratefully accept a $5,000 grant from PG&E representative Ann Kloose. The grant will be earmarked for scholarships for the 2013-14 season. In the program-year just concluded, Milestones awarded more than $10,000 in scholarships to ensure that every student interested in participating was able to do so.
Vocalist Karen Marguth sang at the jazz-a-thon in a performance that reminded folks why she just earned a four-star rating from DOWN BEAT magazine.
The Fresno City College Faculty quintet showed why they are one of the premier junior college programs in the country with an amazing set. The group features Mike Dana, guitar; Dale Engstrom, trumpet; Nye Morton, bass; Larry Honda, sax; and George Ramirez, drums.
The Milestones beginning ensemble, under the direction of Ed Hull, opened with Saint James Infirmary, and took the standing-room only crowd on a journey through jazz history.
The Milestones advanced kids had but one regret – that this was their last performance as a unit! No doubt, though, that we will be hearing from many of these amazing young musicians for years to come.