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Business, Non-Profits, and All That Jazz

March 19, 2019 · No Comments

This month’s article illustrates the synergy between business, non-profits, and what the Reno Jazz Orchestra (RJO) does best… All that Jazz.  We will be performing April 30th at our home in Midtown for a Northern Nevada HOPES fundraiser and later that week May 2nd at the Chateau in Incline Village to fundraise for Tahoe Family Solutions.  It is the generosity of local businesses sponsoring the RJO’s performance at both events which brings together jazz and non-profits.

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RJO Concert Season of 2019

February 12, 2019 · No Comments

Kurt Elling and a Loving tribute to Aretha Franklin headline the RJO concert season

With a successful Jazz in the Schools weekend in our rear-view mirror I thought now would be a good time to let you know what the rest of 2019 will bring.  Let me start with our two summer programs...

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Jazz in the Schools 2019

January 19, 2019 · No Comments

Winter got you in a funk?  Get out of that funk by experiencing our annual Jazz in the Schools weekend 2/9 through 2/10.  The Reno Jazz Orchestra (RJO) and the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) will host a full weekend of big band jazz in the Church Fine Arts building on the UNR campus.  Under the guidance of Dr. Andy Heglund, Jazz in the Schools has grown from a one-day event to four, so let me tell you what you can expect.

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The Art of Recording in Reno

October 31, 2018 · No Comments

Today it is my pleasure to introduce you to two honorary members of the Reno Jazz Orchestra (RJO).  They don’t take the stage but are vital in bringing the RJO to your ears.  Mike Eardley and Tom Gordon are local recording engineers with their own studios that record us, maximize the recorded sound quality, and mix all the tracks (each instrument is on its own track), and then make it ready for a CD or digital release.  These guys know their craft and turn a rough gem into a polished product that sparkles.  I think its magic, at least that is what they tell me! 

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Northern Nevada - We Love You Madly

September 21, 2018 · No Comments

The Reno Jazz Orchestra (RJO) turned twenty-one this year.  Thank you northern Nevada for believing in our mission and supporting us all these years.    In 1997 we started performing at the Continental Lodge on the corner of Virginia Street and Plumb Lane to standing room crowds.  Just three of the founding band remain, myself, trombonist Rich Lewis, and tenor saxophonist Jim Garaventa, but the spirit of the original band is still with us.  It is a strong motivation to share our love of jazz and inspire the next generation of jazz musicians...

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'Gem of a singer' Tierney Sutton

August 24, 2018 · No Comments

Labor Day. Our great American holiday is the perfect weekend to showcase the Great American Songbook. Many singers visit the Great American Songbook, but it is the gifted singer that can present a gem of a song in a new light by changing the angle a bit to reveal new facets.

Eight-time Grammy nominee Tierney Sutton is truly one of those gifted singers. The Reno Jazz Orchestra is pleased to share the stage with Sutton on Friday, Aug. 31 at the Cargo Concert Hall in the Whitney Peak Hotel and Saturday, Sept. 1 at the Sand Harbor Amphitheater in Incline Village... 

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RJO Honors A Trio Of Jazz Legends

July 24, 2018 · No Comments

The Reno Jazz Orchestra celebrates New Orleans' 300th anniversary with “New Orleans – A Night in the Big Easy” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday,  July 28, 2018, at Wingfield Park. This article features the music and musicians, but first a pop quiz...

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Let the Good Times Roll

June 02, 2018 · No Comments

On July 28th the Reno Jazz Orchestra (RJO) will present “New Orleans, A Night in the Big Easy” as a part of Artown. It seems a perfect match as Reno’s 150th anniversary coincides with New Orleans’ 300th anniversary!

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Maiden Voyage- The RJO in MidTown

May 05, 2018 · No Comments

May 18th and 19th the RJO will perform at our new home “the Union Hall” in Midtown.  Our maiden voyage!  ...Our first concert features the big band music of RJO bassist and member of the UNR jazz faculty Hans Halt.  You will hear his original compositions, arrangements of great jazz standards, and transcriptions.  There will also be some special guests...

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Exceptional Student Jazz- The Reno Youth Orchestra

April 06, 2018 · No Comments

When I heard that six Washoe County School District jazz students made Nevada All State ensembles and all of them members of the Reno Youth Jazz Orchestra (RYJO) I knew I had to touch base with RYJO Director Vern Scarbrough.  Vern and his wife Karen founded RYJO in 2006 and each year RYJO’s program has grown... 

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