The Reno Jazz Orchestra's annual Jazz in the Schools event takes place each February in the Department of Music's prestegious Nightingale Concert Hall, University of Nevada, Reno. Each year, this all day event starts at 9am with jazz clinics presented througout the day by nationally recognized guest clinicians from music departments and schools from around the country. There are also several clinics offered by members of the UNR Jazz Faculty. The clinicians critique each student group's performance and then work with that group immediately after their performance to improve their jazz performance skills. In years past there have been as many as twelve groups participating and performing on stage.
Tom Scott is a veteran composer, arranger, producer, musical director and saxophonist, having earned 3 Grammy Awards and 14 Grammy nominations over four decades. He made his first record as a leader in 1968--at age twenty. The number of solo recordings in his catalogue now stands at 35. In addition, his music has been sampled by dozens of recording artists including 2Pac, Madonna, Bruno Mars, Snoop Dog, Massive Attack, Wu-Tang Clan, N.W.A. and The Chemical Brothers.
Tom's career as a guest artist spans more than 500 recordings—by such diverse artists as Barbra Streisand, Quincy Jones, Thelonius Monk, the Blues Brothers, Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin and Aerosmith. His numerous contributions as a player and arranger include Joni Mitchell's Court And Spark, Steely Dan's Aja; hit singles like Carole King's Jazzman, Paul McCartney's Listen To What The Man Said, Rod Stewart's Do You Think I'm Sexy & Soulbook, Blondie's Rapture, Captain & Tenille's Do That To Me One More Time, Whitney Houston's Saving All My Love For You; and on movie soundtracks such as Taxi Driver, Bladerunner, Heaven Can Wait, Sea Of Love, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Toy Story 2 and Monsters, Inc.