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Meet John Bennum, the Reno Jazz Orchestra's new Executive Director

John Bennum has been a welcome addition to the Reno Jazz Orchestra (RJO) since joining the trombone section in 2017. In 2019 he became my assistant executive director and as I moved to the board president position, the board of directors enthusiastically recommended him to be promoted to executive director. This month I want you all to meet John.

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 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

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.

Live at the Village Vanguard


Future concert dates and locations coming soon. Tickets for the original event have been refunded.