Saturday Jazz Workshop

Saturday Jazz Workshop

The RJO provides a Saturday workshop for students in Northern Nevada who would like to work on improvisation, jazz theory, ear training, and small group performance. Currently taught by Dylan Coleman-Tunstall, 2 sessions are offered for 8 weeks per semester and 2 levels are offered. This is an excellent opportunity for young musicians who would like to work on skills that they don’t work on in their school ensembles regularly.

Chuck Reider Headshot

Making Music in the New Millennium

I moved to the Reno-Tahoe area in 1978 to find work in the showrooms. I was fortunate to find full time work until casinos no longer hired orchestras in the early 1990s. It was off to school to learn a different skill to pay the bills but I continued to play in town with the Reno Phil, Reno Jazz Orchestra (RJO), and the occasional showroom gig...

Live at the Village Vanguard

Live at the Village Vanguard: The Music of the Thad Jones and Mel Lewis Orchestra

This big band jazz Orchestra became world famous, especially with their 1967 release, Live at the Village Vanguard. The album was nominated for a GRAMMY in that same year under the category of "Best Instrumental Jazz Performance of a Large Group." The band went on to win a GRAMMY in 1979.

Jazz Workshop Students will Open the Show.

4th of July Independence Day

4th of July Independence Day

The Reno Jazz Orchestra is proud to be a part of Artown's 27th Annual Festival and the Monday Night Music Series. Come celebrate America’s birthday with a festive night filled with your favorite patriotic music and songs performed by Northern Nevada’s finest jazz musicians.

Free Admission.

Hotter Than July

HOTTER THAN JULY: The Music of Stevie Wonder and Tina Turner featuring Stephanya Barranti and Cliff Porter

Stephanya Barranti and Cliff PorterEnjoy a sensational night of super-star hits as the Reno Jazz Orchestra presents top-of-the-charts tunes of Tina Turner and Stevie Wonder featuring vocalists Stephanya Barranti and Cliff Porter. It’s a ‘not-to miss’ night of vintage music as the RJO presents star-studded Rock, Jazz, Rhythm & Blues.

Two Locations; Wingfield Park Concert has Free Admission.

TWO GIANTS OF JAZZ

TWO GIANTS OF JAZZ Grammy Stars Diane Schuur and Ernie Watts together with the RJO

Diane Schuur and Ernie WattsThe Reno Jazz Orchestra shares the stage with GRAMMY stars Diane Schuur and Ernie Watts for a cool and classy night of big brass and blues. Known for her pitch-perfect execution, crystalline 3 ½ octave vocal range, and electric personality, Diane shares the stage with Ernie Watts, one of the world’s most versatile saxophone musicians.

Two Locations.

Max Case

Max Case

UNR Student - Guitarist - RJO Scholarship Recipient

Spirits CD

Spirits
The Reno Jazz Orchestra

Spirits is our brand-new CD featuring the music of Earth Wind & Fire. It is the culmination of great recording sessions and studio polishing over the course of nine months. EWF’s music expresses hope, inspiration, and joy. The perfect elixir to re-engage with the world. Many of these songs you will know (and sing along) others might be new to your ears.

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.

Julien Knowles Quartet

Julien Knowles Quartet

The RJO concluded this year's Jazz in the Schools program with an online concert featuring RJO trumpeter Julien Knowles with his quartet performing original compositions. The group played thirty minutes, then broke to answer questions from the participating students, and then the Quartet finished with another thirty-minute performance.

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.

The Reno Jazz Orchestra Thrives Even During the Pandemic

The Reno Jazz Orchestra Thrives Even During the Pandemic

For readers who may be unfamiliar with the RJO, the Reno Jazz Orchestra is Northern Nevada’s premiere big band, in existence for over two decades and featuring some of Northern Nevada’s best jazz musicians. Unfortunately, Covid-19 has presented the RJO from performing live since the beginning of the pandemic. This article will review how the RJO has continued to function in the absence of live concert performances.

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 organication, and we won't fill your inbox with countless emails, but we will remind you of great music you won't want to miss.