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Jazz and world music mandolin artist Eva Scow will bring her unique blend of music to Fresno’s Fulton 55 for her annual Crescent Concert this Sunday. The event will feature Scow’s band The Experience, as well as Brazilian pop/funk band Boca de Rio and jazz singer Sara Cabral. Scow joined KVPR for a live broadcast in the Bonner Performing Arts Center with bassist Patrick Olvera and guitarist Mike Taylor.

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This week on Valley Edition we a take a look at why some dairies are leaving California for what they say are greener pastures in the Midwest . Also on the program you'll hear the story of a once homeless female veteran who now helps homeless veterans in Fresno. Later on the program, we'll hear from Valley Children's Hospital CEO Todd Suntrapak on the changes the hospital is rolling out in 2015. Ending the program, you'll get a preview of the 2015 third annual " Crescent Concert " with Eva...

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Bakersfield-based jazz pianist Jay Smith is a fixture in the south valley music scene. In addition to playing with the acclaimed band Mento Buru he also leads his own band "The Jay Smith Group." Their new cd "Too Many Notes" debuts on Friday with a CD release party at Sandrini's in Bakersfield. Jay recently visited the station for an in-studio performance with violinist Patrick Contreras and to talk about his music and the new album. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyWmse_hT1Y https://www...

Anna Webber

NPR Music, Member Station WBGO , and Jazz at Lincoln Center has joined forced to create the next generation of jazz programming from public radio with Jazz Night in America. The new program can be heard Saturday nights at 7:00 p.m. on Valley Public Radio beginning October 11th . Hosted by multiple Grammy Award-winning musician Christian McBride, Jazz Night in America presents content on multiple platforms and from across the nation to share this uniquely American art form and reinvigorate...

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This week on Valley Edition we take a look into our vault to three of what we consider the best segments on the program over the last year or so. We start the show off by returning to a conversation with the Masumoto family - Marcy, Nikiko and David Mas - about their book ' The Perfect Peach ." Then we turn to a chat with Gerald Haslam recalls the tragic story of Bakersfield athlete Leon Patterson with his book " Leon Patterson: A California Story ." Ending the program Fresno jazz musician...

Poncho Sanchez

This weekend the CSU Bakersfield Amphitheatre will be filled with the sounds of some of the top jazz groups in the world for the 28 th annual Bakersfield Jazz Festival. Top local talent like Mento Buru and the Kern County Honor Jazz Band will share the stage with headliners like Latin jazz legend Poncho Sanchez, trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis and smooth jazz superstar Gerald Albright. Festival founder Doug Davis joined us on Valley Edition to talk about this year’s lineup.

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This week on Valley Edition we talk about Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome , drought at Friant Dam , a health partnership in Bakersfield about community design and a look into the Bakersfield Jazz Festival . California Chrome
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Benjamin Boone

Fresno jazz artist, educator and composer Benjamin Boone has embarked on a fascinating new musical journey: mixing his music with the poems of former Poet Laureate of the United States and Pulitzer Prize winner Philip Levine. Levine, who is a longtime Fresno resident is among the nation's most revered poets. He's also a big jazz fan, dating back to his youth in Detroit. In fact, many of his poems reference jazz, including iconic stars like Clifford Brown and John Coltrane. Boone joined us...

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This week on Valley Edition we take a look at the current state and future of California politics. Will Governor Jerry Brown run for another term? Fresno State political science professors Thomas Holyoke and Jeffrey Cummins give their analysis. Closing the first segment Gina Clugston , with Sierra News Online in North Fork, brings listeners an update on the Aspen Fire, which has burned over 10,000 acres of forest in the Sierra Nevada. Also on the program, Valley Edition host Joe Moore speaks...

Karen Marguth

It's not often that international jazz critics and festivals turn their attention to artists from Fresno. But Central California vocalist Karen Marguth is the exception to that rule. In 2010, veteran jazz critic Christopher Loudon called Marguth "one of the finest American jazz vocalists" in a JazzTimes article about the singer. Loudon continued, saying " it’s high time that Marguth advanced to her rightful place on national and international stages." Her new album "A Way With Words: Karen...

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