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Roots in the Blues

July 27, 2017 · 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.

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No CommentsTags: Jazz Around Town · Jazz History · RJO Events · RJO History

RJO Old Friends Hans Halt and Bill Hecht

July 08, 2017 · 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. 

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Brand New Day by Chuck Reider

June 06, 2017 · 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.

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No CommentsTags: Jazz in the Schools · RJO Jazz Mentor Program

Thank You Reno For 20 Great Years...

April 25, 2017 · No Comments

Over the last year I have been highlighting Reno’s jazz community from jazz professionals to student big band jazz to the Reno Jazz Festival. Today’s article is about the Reno Jazz Orchestra (RJO) because this year we are twenty years old. Those in the orchestra who have been a part since its inception in 1997 have been privileged to provide our community great big band performances. We are honored that our community has been there to support us. Thank you Reno, let’s do twenty more! But first let me give you a little of our past...

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Jazz- The Moment When the Journey Begins

April 11, 2017 · No Comments

The Reno Jazz Orchestra (RJO) hosted our annual Jazz in the Schools last month.  It was a full day of student performances and clinics on Saturday 2/11 followed the next day by a memorable performance by sax great Tom Scott and the RJO.  But if you are a young jazz musician with the desire to take the next step and maybe even play jazz professionally, what is your path?  Every jazz generation must forge their own path to meet new challenges. So this article highlights three local musicians who created their path and are passionate about helping the next generation create theirs.

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Sizzling Summer Coming for 2017

March 14, 2017 · 1 Comment

Jazz, rock, funk, soul, gospel all have roots in the blues and this summer the RJO brings it all together with their 17-piece live big band performing “Roots in the Blues” and “An Evening with Denise Donatelli” throughout Reno and Lake Tahoe.

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Jazz Combo Clinician Receives Artist Fellowship

February 19, 2017 · No Comments

Hans Halt has been participating as a Jazz Combo Clinician for the RJO's Jazz in the Schools for several years. Hans recently received an Artist Fellowship from the Nevada Arts Council.

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Jazz in the Schools Director Andy Heglund

February 19, 2017 · 1 Comment

Thanks to our percussionist Andy Heglund's direction, this year's Jazz in the Schools event at UNR was a wonderful success. Andy's dedication to music education is truly an inspiration to us all.

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Young Lions: Jazz in the Schools 2017

February 17, 2017 · 2 Comments

It is a tradition in jazz to call up and coming stars of jazz “young lions” and on Saturday February 11th you will have a chance to meet the young lions of our community.  

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2 CommentsTags: Jazz in the Schools