FRESNO, CA (5/23/16) – The Milestones Summer Jazz Concert Series has expanded from two nights to three and will take place on Tuesday through Thursday, June 14-16 at the Milestones facility at 3385 E. Shields Ave.
Tuesday, June 14 will feature the Matthew Yeakley Organ Trio with Walter Smith III. Yeakley is an LA-based guitarist who has been described as one of the Los Angeles jazz scene’s most exciting and creative guitarists. He joins forces with keyboardist Sam Barsh, drummer Aaron McLendon and saxophonist Walter Smith III, widely regarded as one of the rising stars on the national jazz scene.
On Wednesday, June 15 Ryan Dragon’s Kid Songs will perform. Dragon is a trombonist and a fixture on the LA jazz scene and avant-garde community. Making up the remainder of Kid Songs is pianist Kei Akagi, best know for his work with the Miles Davis band in the late 1980’s, east coast saxophonist Mike Bjella, drummer Aaron McLendon and bassist Richard Giddens, a Fresno native.
Thursday, June 16 will feature trombonist Francisco Torres. Torres is the musical director for the Grammy-winning Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band. He is also a member of several other jazz orchestras including Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, Monkestra, Clare Fischer, and Bill Cunliffe.
All of the above mentioned jazz artists will also provide educational workshops at the Milestones Youth Jazz Workshop Summer Jazz Camp that will be held in Fresno the week of June 13. Francisco Torres will serve as the camp’s artist in residence.
The Milestones Summer Concert series is made possible through the generous support of PG&E.
All three concerts begin at 7:30 pm. Tickets are available available at MilestonesJazz.org and are priced at $15 for adults, $12 for JazzFresno members and $10 for students for each show. A ticket for all three shows is $30.