Why is the RJO so committed to this event? The answer is simple. Jazz is joyous and we want to share that joy. Think of jazz founding father Louis Armstrong. He set the standard that lives on today. Of course, jazz imparts all the human emotions, but if there is one word to describe jazz I can’t think of a better one than joyous. The RJO wants to introduce our students to jazz and encourage them to learn it, love it, and create their own brand of jazz. That is how jazz stays vibrant and alive...
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February 12, 2018 · By RJO · No Comments
January 15, 2018 · By RJO · No Comments
It is thrilling that the performing arts are returning to the musicians’ hall and the RJO is looking forward to a long productive working relationship with Good Luck MacBeth (GLM) and one more shout out to Brian Egan for making this happen! I have to say Reno is still the biggest little city in America and my story today is just one of many proving the point.
December 16, 2017 · By RJO · 1 Comment
Every year the Reno Jazz Orchestra (RJO) loves to host a holiday concert celebrating friends, family, and community. We are pleased to announce Pat Ester’s Gospel Choir will rejoin us in “Jazz for the Holidays – A Gospel Christmas”. The performances are December 16th (7:30 PM), 17th (2:00 PM) at the Cargo Concert Hall in the Whitney Peak hotel, and 20th (7:00 PM) at Squaw Valley’s Olympic Village. Jazz and Gospel, like much of American music, have their roots in the blues. Both are joyful and when brought together a new, unforgettable, vibe happens that breaks the invisible barrier between audience and performer. Those who joined us last year know what I mean. It is an honor to work with Pat Ester’s Gospel choir under the direction of Lori Johnson. Since jazz musicians and gospel singers rarely get a chance to join forces, this program is very special.
November 21, 2017 · By RJO · No Comments
I always thought that a big band was primarily a swing era dance band and as bandleaders like Duke Ellington and Count Basie explored new sounds they moved from the dance hall to the concert hall and the jazz orchestra was born. It turns out jazz orchestras date back to the early jazz of the 1920s...
October 24, 2017 · By RJO · No Comments
For the Love of Jazz (FTLOJ) is northern Nevada’s jazz go to organization to find and enjoy your favorite jazz. Founded in 1974, FTLOJ was and always will be a labor of love for the members who support and organize jazz events. ... I had the pleasure of speaking with the current president Scot Marshall and one of its founders, Bill Filter. Here is what I found out.
September 25, 2017 · By RJO · No Comments
The Reno Jazz Orchestra enjoyed a wonderful summer of jazz performances, the Labor Day weekend has passed, and the balloons have left Rancho San Rafael so it must be time for jazz to head back to school with the RJO’s fall mentor program. First maybe I should refresh your memories on what our mentor program provides. Through generous grants and donations, the RJO brings jazz professionals to select schools in Washoe County to work with middle and high school jazz bands for the semester at no cost to the participating schools and students. So how does this work?
August 25, 2017 · By RJO · No Comments
Jazz has had a long love affair with the song. All styles of American music from Tin Pan Alley and Broadway to rock, soul, blues, and country all find their way into the jazz lexicon. Jazz musicians and vocalists thrive on choosing songs and then personalizing that song with new interpretations... This Labor Day weekend the Reno Jazz Orchestra celebrates the art the American song through jazz “eyes” with Grammy nominated vocalist Denise Donatelli.
July 27, 2017 · By RJO · No Comments
Great singers bring the blues to life and we are blessed with great vocal talent in the Reno-Tahoe area. It is a thrill that five of my favorite local singers are joining us for this upcoming concert. Some have performed with us several times and some are joining us for the first time so let me introduce them to you.
July 08, 2017 · By RJO · No Comments
It is time to feature two old friends in my jazz world. I have had the pleasure of working with Hans Halt and Bill Hecht for over thirty years (I can’t believe I just wrote that!) in a number of different jazz settings.
June 06, 2017 · By RJO · No Comments
Jazz is in the moment and each soloist tells their story through their improvised solo. Every generation of jazz musicians develops their own “voice” to tell their story bringing a brand new day keeping jazz vibrant and alive. With that in mind I want to introduce three jazz educators who are helping students find that voice and propel jazz into new frontiers. The Reno Jazz Orchestra (RJO), through our generous sponsors, provide a jazz education program at no cost to participating students or schools.