Greg Johnson

Meet Our New Music Director
Greg Johnson

The Reno Jazz Orchestra (RJO) recently concluded its successful Music Director Search Series, a four-concert showcase that put talented conductors in the spotlight. Each conductor was vying for the prestigious role of Music Director, and after a series of impressive performances, the winner has been chosen: Greg Johnson!

The series provided a unique platform for the Reno community. Audience members enjoyed the diverse talents on display, while their feedback, along with that of the musicians and search committee, played a crucial role in selecting the new leader for the RJO. Congratulations to Greg Johnson, and here's to a bright future for the orchestra under his direction!

Read the recent Greg Johnson interview by Reno News & Review writer, Matt King.

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Artown Festival 2024
The Reno Youth Jazz Orchestra

Since 1966, Artown's mission has been to strengthen Reno's arts industry, enhance our civic identity and national image, thereby creating a climate for the cultural and economic rebirth of our region.

The Reno Youth Jazz Orchestra will be performing at two different Reno venues during the Artown Festival. One of the highlights will be RYJO performing in the Artown Monday Night Jazz Series at Bartley Ranch Regional Park. Admission is FREE.

RYJO will also be performing in the Sunday Jazz by the Pool Music Series at J Resort. Admission is FREE


"Fuego": Salsa and Latin Jazz
Featuring Edgardo Cambon and Friends

July 22, 2024 at 7:30PM

Performing on the Warren Edward Trepp Stage
Sand Harbor at Lake Tahoe State Park.
Single Tickets: $32-$105
Tables: $220-$440 (Tables seat 2 or 4.)

Experience an extraordinary evening of salsa and Latin jazz featuring Bay Area legend Edgardo Cambon. An award-winning salsa performer, Edgardo has been writing and performing for over 30 years. Supported by supreme percussionists, vocalists, and dancers, Edgardo and the Reno Jazz Orchestra will present a high-energy performance that features a tight rhythm section and powerful horns that will have audiences on their feet and dancing the night away on the shore of Lake Tahoe!

Camille Thurman

Camille Thurman
On Stage with the Reno Jazz Orchestra

Singing with the vigor of Ella Fitzgerald and playing the tenor saxophone with a hint of Joe Henderson and Dexter Gordon, Camille Thurman joins the 17-piece Reno Jazz Orchestra for an extraordinary concert under the stars on the shore of Lake Tahoe. Known as an invigorating and inventive rising star, Camille's exceptional talent as a composer, multi-instrumentalist, unique interpreter, and impressive vocalist/scatter will exhilarate Sand Harbor audiences in a captivating, must-see, concert.

Her accolades read like a superstar:

  • NPR - All Things Considered - "Camille Thurman is a Rare Jazz Double Threat"
  • - On The Corner - "One of the 10 Rising Instrumentalists You Should Know"
  • NAACP - Image Award - "Waiting for the Sunrise: Outstanding Jazz Album"
  • Independent Music Award - "2019 Winner"

Performance in Reno
August 25, 2024 at 4:00 PM

Nightingale Concert Hall, UNR

Camille Thurman and the RJO will present an afternoon concert at the University of Nevada, Reno.

August 26, 2024 at 7:30PM

Performing on the Warren Edward Trepp Stage
Sand Harbor at Lake Tahoe State Park.
Single Tickets: $32-$105
Tables: $220-$440 (Tables seat 2 or 4.)

My Fifty-Year Love Affair with Latin Music

While going to college in San Francisco during the seventies, as a musician, the cultural diversity of the city introduced me to a wealth of music styles I would not have experienced otherwise. Back then, I would take my trombone to church to perform at a morning service. In the afternoon, I would play in a marching band in Chinatown for a Chinese funeral where the band performing hymns would lead a parade of mourners in trucks and cars. Then it was off to Mission Street at night to play Salsa. Those, along with performing in rock bands, big bands, and orchestras were all great experiences. It was in 1975 that the Salsa band's conga player invited me over to listen to some of his new records. When he put on The Sun of Latin Music I was blown away with what I heard and have been a fan ever since. . .

Reno Youth Jazz Orchestra performing on stage

Reno Youth Jazz Orchestra (RYJO)

Fourth quarter, 2022, was an exciting time for the RJO, as we merged the Reno Youth Jazz Orchestra into our organization.

RYJO is the vehicle for big band jazz ensemble experience for local middle and high school musicians. The orchestra performs throughout the Northern Nevada and Northern California area, offering, on average, twelve performances during their nine-month season.

The orchestra was established in 2006, co-founded by Vernon Scarbrough and Karen Scarbrough. Vernon continues to be the Orchestra's Music Director, and Karen, the Director of Programs and Development.

Be sure to save the dates for this year's performance schedule. These young musicians are talented and dedicated; their music is awesome.

The RJO Legacy Society

The RJO Legacy Society

As a Legacy Society member, your passion, support, and dedication to our organization and fans worldwide will be forever treasured. With your commitment to create your personal legacy for the Reno Jazz Orchestra, you will sustain that extraordinary legacy of music and education that we are honored to share with our fans and community as well.

Ante Up For Education

Ante Up For Education

Our mission is to build a greater appreciation of jazz in Northern Nevada by providing outstanding big band performances, promoting the artistry of Reno Jazz Orchestra musicians through a variety of ensembles, and supporting jazz education through a mentorship program in middle schools, high schools, and colleges. All combined, we contribute to the vibrancy, diversity, cultural vitality, and quality of our community’s artistic life.

Some of our wonderful fans

To Our Wonderful Fans

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Stay in touch with the RJO by joining the RJO Fan Club. All we need is your name and your email address. We'll keep you informed about upcoming performances, events, and our plans for the future. We promise, we won't give your info to anyone outside our organization, and we won't fill your in-box with countless emails, but we will remind you of great music you won't want to miss.