The spirit of Christmas comes to life as the 17-piece Reno Jazz Orchestra and its Gospel Choir blends Christmas favorites, jazz, and soul - with a few surprises mixed in – for three performances of feel good, ‘get ready for the holidays’ music and song.
“Last year’s Gospel Christmas Show with the RJO was such a success we decided to bring it back to the Reno and Lake Tahoe region,” said Chuck Reider, Music Director. The first shows are December 16 at 7:30 p.m. and December 17 at 2:00 p.m. at the Cargo Concert Hall at Whitney Peak Hotel in Reno, NV. Tickets start at $35. The final show starts at 7:00 p.m. on December 20 is hosted at the Olympic Village Inn at Squaw Valley, CA . Tickets start at $40.
“We draw great inspiration from each other,” Reider said as he referred to the Gospel Choir. This show is like nothing you ever experienced before. It speaks to lovers of jazz and holiday music.”
This year’s performance at Squaw Valley is just part of their annual “Merry Days and Holly Nights” festivities. Throughout December, the community offers seventeen days of merriment with music, arts and more for locals and visitors alike. For a full calendar, visit SquawAlpine.com.
The EL Cord Foundation, Nevada Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works, Reno Gazette Journal, Healing Healthcare Systems, Thunder Rand & Co., and the RJO Band Fans and Partners support the Reno Jazz Orchestra’s holiday events.
Frank was the go-to guitar player for so many years in Reno. He could do it all - from jazz to country to blues to classical - with the Reno Philharmonic, and he got it right the first time every time. Frank played in my jazz sextet in the early 1980's and I continued to work with him in countless showroom gigs through 80's and 90's. When the showrooms closed their doors and no longer needed a house orchestra, Reno Jazz Orchestra founders Jack Caudill and Tony Savage invited him to be our first guitarist. Frank was a founding member. The above photo was taken at our 2009 Jazz in the School's performance and the recording (Speedball) if from our first CD. He left the RJO a few years ago but continued to be a presence in Reno's music scene until his recent passing.
He will be missed as a friend and musical collaborator but remembered for all the times and music we all shared with him. A memorial fund has been set up to help his wife Mary and son Frank make through this time.
Help support Mary and Frank Jr if you can and Frank remember…. We love you madly
- Chuck Reider