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UNR's Jazz & Improvisational Music Program Presents
Lab I Jazz Ensemble
The Free Radicals
with Lab II Jazz Ensemble
In Concert

Thursday, April 18, 2019
7:s0 PM
Nightingale Concert Hall
Church Fine Arts Building
University of Nevada, Reno
$7 General Admission; All students w/ ID FREE

Free Radicals is the University's premiere large jazz ensemble, under the direction of Ralph Alessi. Jazz Lab I is composed of more advanced students of the jazz studies program. Lab Bands I and II offer a  diverse and creative, big band group performance experience. 

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KNCJ, FTLOJ and
Reno Little Theater
present
Tom Stryker, Harmonica Virtuoso

Sunday, April 28, 2019
7:00 PM
Reno Little Theater
147 E. Pueblo St.
Reno, NV
Pay What You Can ($5 minimum)

Tom’s Bio: “The mastery of jazz on the chromatic harmonica is a labor of love as it is with any instrument,” said Michael Thomas Stryker, a harmonica player known to his fans as “Tom.”

He came by his interest and talent with the harmonica at an early age.   Along the way, Tom raised a family and became a successful international business executive.

Tom began his musical journey in San Francisco in 1954 under the guidance of former Borah Minevitch Rascal, Ray Tankersley.  He later began playing professionally with world-famous “Harmonica Rascal” Johnny Puleo.  “It was a wonderful opportunity for a great beginning,” says Tom.

Tom went on to perform both as a soloist and with various symphonies, harmonica trios and jazz bands. He has appeared on television and radio shows as well as the Jersey Island World Harmonica Championships in 1980s as the lead player with Harmonica Express, a quartet of players. Up until this time, his focus was on carefully arranged music for the harmonica; yet he was still searching for “something.” At that point he met a local jazz musician who introduced him to a jazz combo playing in the local nightclubs in San Jose, California.

Needless to say, he was bitten by the “bug”, and a new musical journey began. Tom began listening to all of the great jazz musicians and has been greatly influenced by the likes of Toots Thielemans, Charley Parker, Bill Evans and Dan Lancaster.

Tom has performed all over the world, from Taiwan to China to Hawaii to Frankfurt and from Miami to London. Also, in jazz clubs in Reno, Nevada where he now resides.    His performances on Holland America Cruise Lines as lead player for the Harmonica Aces, were a tremendous success. Tom plays regularly in the clubs of Reno, Nevada area while working with various national Symphonies and Pops Orchestras

Tom served from 2006 – 2012 as President of “SPAH,” the Society For The Preservation And Advancement Of The Harmonica.”

MPROMPTU’s performance at the Reno Little Theater will include Jazz Chromatic Harmonica Player Tom Stryker, Jimmy Vermilion on Keyboards/Vocals, Rocky Taterelli on Sax,  Marcy Benner on Vocals and Neil Strocchio on Drums.

IMPROMPTU, a Reno based group, will bring their style of Jazz and Standards to you, all enhanced by the little heard Chromatic Harmonica.
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Reno Youth Jazz Orchestra
Fundraiser at MOD PIZZA

Wednesday, May 1, 2019
4:00 - 8:00 PM
MOD PIZZA
4945 S. Virginia Street
Reno, NV
 

Please join us on Wednesday, May 1st at Mod Pizza, 4945 S. Virginia, Reno anytime from 4pm-8pm for this easy, delicious fundraiser. All you have to do is eat in, take out, or even order over the phone and present Mod Pizza with the attached flyer. RYJO will receive 20% of your total purchase. That's it! What a WIN~ a night off from cooking and RYJO gets a nice donation.

NOTE: This offer is valid only on the date and at the MOD location identified on the flier. Only 501c3 organizations and non-profit schools are eligible to participate in the MOD fundraising program. MOD will donate twenty percent of food and beverage sales to the organization. YOU MUST PRESENT THE FLIER. Tax, gift card and retail sales are excluded from the donation. The offer is for dine in, take out, and phone orders. The offer is void if flier is distributed in or near the restaurant. For more information about the 501c3 organization participating in the fundraiser, please contact the organization directly. Contact Karen Scarbrough, Co-founder and Director of Programs and Development, Reno Youth Jazz Orchestra, at (775) 250-5884.

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CeCe Gable Celebrates 25 Years!
 

Sunday, July 21, 2019
7:00 - 9:00 PM
Reno Little Theater
147 E. Pueblo St.
Reno, NV
 

CeCe Gable Celebrates 25 Years as a Jazz Vocalist in the Reno Tahoe area with a Band of Outstanding Musicians who have performed with her during these years.

From CeCe's Homepage:

CeCe draws the listener into her captivating world of song with an incredible depth of emotion. She swings with rhythmic passion and also has the ability to caress a ballad with effortless interpretation. Influenced by many of the women and men of jazz, she offers her own voice on jazz standards and the American Songbook. She shines on any stage whether she is accompanied by a solo pianist, a trio or an entire orchestra... you'll find you cannot get enough of this jazz experience.

Visit the Official CeCe Gable Website

Read Cece's profile here at renojazz.org.

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RJO Saturday Workshops
Presented by the Reno Jazz Orchestra

Wednesdays, 2019
March 16th &amd; 23rd
April 13th &amd; 20th
May 4th, 11th, 18th &amd; 25th
Concert: June 1st
9-11 AM level 1 (Beginning-Intermediate)
11:30AM-1:30 PM level 2 (Advanced)
Good Luck Macbeth Theater Company (Union Hall)
124 W. Taylor St.
In Midtown, Reno, NV
Cost: $80 for all 8 sessions or $15 per session. Payment is due at the first session March 16th or can be mailed.

Student musicians are invited to join us for 8 Saturday sessions to work in small groups, learn jazz tunes by ear, learn music theory and work with Bryan McAllister and members of the RJO. The sessions culminate in a concert on June 1st.

Questions? Contact: Nichole Heglund, RJO Education Coordinator nheglund@washoeschools.net

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The Peanuts Gang

Christopher Sexton - piano
Grew Lewis - drumset
Mac Esposito - bass

Sunday, May 26, 2019
7:00 PM
Reno Little Theater
147 E. Pueblo St.
Reno, NV
Pay What You Can ($5 minimum)

The Peanuts Gang is a trio of musicians specializing in the authentic recreation of rare music not widely performed in the global jazz community. The “Gang” starting performing in December 2015 when pianist Christopher Sexton decided to take on learning the music of Vince Guaraldi, specifically the score from A Charlie Brown Christmas, which audiences immediately loved and The Peanuts Gang’s seasonal concerts soon became a Christmas tradition in the Reno area. The Gang has now extended their performance season year-round, and are constantly adding new music and arrangements to their set. Audience members are consistently surprised with the unique spontaneity each performance provides.

 

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Jazz Jam Session Wednesdays
UNR Jazz & Improvisational Music Students

Wednesdays, 2019
7:30 PM
Laughing Planet Cafe
941 N. Virginia Street
Reno, NV
(Next to Campus) 
Free - No Cover

Join fellow earthlings for good food, good company, and good music on Wednesday nights this year at Laughing Planet Cafe. Jazz students from the University of Nevada, Reno's Jazz and Improvisational Music Program will perform.

Laughing Planet Cafe is located next to the UNR Campus. There is no cover.

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Jazz Thursdays
featuring
Tristan Selzler and
The Reno Jazz Syndicate

Thursdays
8:30 PM - 12:00 AM
188 California Ave.
Reno, NV 89509
Sit-ins Welcome

Loving Cup Jazz Thursdays has been running uninterrupted for well over two years now. The house group is formed with a revolving cast of Reno's best musicians including Zack Teran, Mike Mayhall, Miguel Jimenez, Rufus Haereiti, Brandon Sherman, Tristan Selzler, and more. Read more about Tristan Selzler and the RJS.

Call (775) 322-2480

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Mile High Jazz Band Performs
Second Tuesday Big-Band Jazz Night

Every Second Tuesday
7:30 pm (Open Late)
$5 General Admission

Comma Coffee
312 S. Carson Street
Carson City, NV

 

(775) 883-2662 (Call to make sure!)

The Mile High Jazz Band, an 18-member "big band" composed of 17 instrumentalists and a vocalist, began performing in 1997. The group features music in the Count Basie-Duke Ellington-Woody Herman tradition, as well as more contemporary styles, selected from a repertoire of over 200 tunes. They play ballads, high-powered jazz tunes, and dance music arranged by Nestico, Niehaus, Taylor, and other great arrangers.

Most Mile High Jazz Band Comma Coffee gigs are on the second Tuesday of each month from 7:30 to 9:00 or 9:30 p.m.


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Support Your Local Jazz Musicians!

Membership in For the Love of Jazz is open to all. We especially encourage community members of the Reno-Sparks-Tahoe areas to join.

Membership provides opportunities for those who have an interest in and an appreciation of jazz to meet other jazz lovers and participate in musical events and activities. Your yearly dues are used to promote concerts by local and national artists and assist in other activities of the organization.

For the Love of Jazz sponsors and co-sponsors musical events for its members and the community. Members receive discounted ticket prices for such events and a free annual membership concert. One of the most popular has been "Jazz at the Sands" each Sunday during July. The event is free. There are also free local jazz jams on selected Sunday evenings, September through May.

For the Love of Jazz provides a bi-monthly email newsletter announcing jazz concerts and events. Our Web site is located at www.renojazz.org and contains information about upcoming events, artist descriptions, venue descriptions, and much more.


Scot Marshall Interview

Scot Marshall, FTLOJ Board President and Chuck Reider, the Music Director of the Reno Jazz Orchestra talk about For the Love of Jazz.
FTLOJ - FOR THE LOVE OF JAZZ

October 24, 2017

by Chuck Reider

For the Love of Jazz (FTLOJ) is northern Nevada’s jazz go to organization to find and enjoy your favorite jazz.  Founded in 1974, FTLOJ was and always will be a labor of love for the members who support and organize jazz events.  As a part of Reno’s jazz community for over thirty years I have had the pleasure performing at many of their produced events over the years and knew those that lead FTLOJ.  For forty-three years their support of Reno jazz is steadfast.  I had the pleasure of speaking with the current president Scot Marshall and one of its founders, Bill Filter. Here is what I found out.

1974 was still the halcyon days for casino showrooms with five or six casinos hiring full time orchestras to back the headliners in their showrooms.  The musicians who came needed an outlet, a place to play what they wanted to play after the gig, so a group of jazz aficionados got together to discuss how to provide those opportunities.  Their original name was simply the Reno Jazz Club, but everyone attending knew they needed a better, catchier name.  Jazz vocalist Herb Jefferies was holding court at Harold’s Club that year and was in attendance.  To kick off the discussion he said “well, for the love of jazz…” and before he could finish his thought everyone jumped up and said “that’s it!”.  They never did hear Herb’s suggestion.  From that moment till today FTLOJ is synonymous with great jazz. 

FTLOJ became a non-profit in 1978 and codified their mission to provide possibilities to play jazz, learn jazz, and create a community for all those who appreciate jazz.  They do this by producing jazz concerts (more on this later), provide scholarships and financial support as well as educational forums for students interested in becoming jazz musicians.  They also advertise and post information about all jazz performances in our community.  Their artist webpage has bios on thirty local jazz artists and groups.  Their events page provides information on upcoming jazz performances with photos and bios of the performers and they highlight venues hosting jazz performances.  If you are looking for a one stop shop for jazz visit www.renojazz.org.

You have heard Scot Marshall, though you may not know it.  He has a deep baritone voice that has launched a thousand radio spots and TV voice overs.  Scot has been FTLOJ’s president for six years and he shared with me what they have been up to recently. FTLOJ produced concerts are usually collaborative. Scot MarshallFor example, just last Friday they partnered with UNR’s jazz program and Steinway Gallery to present vocalist Sara Gazarek, a gifted singer steeped in jazz tradition, but adventurous enough to embrace music that moves her generation.  Backed by Mark Ferber on drums, Larry Koonse on guitar, and Richard Giddens on bass, each of them have extended jazz resumes.  Without the support of FTLOJ, our community would never have experienced this performance.  In addition, FTLOJ helped to sponsor a workshop featuring Sara and the trio at UNR at no cost to students.  They partner with the Reno Little Theater (RLT) as well, hosting a jazz concert at the RLT one Sunday evening a month (7-9pm).  November’s concert features jazz electro-acoustic harpist Susan Mazer.  Susan pioneered the development of the electro-acoustic harp and is only one of a select few jazz harpists.  Don’t be surprised if her long time music collaborator (and husband!), Dallas Smith, join her on woodwinds.  With seating for 100, jazz is up close and personal at the RLT.  For the last five summers they have produced Jazz at the Sands, thanks to several sponsors.  This is a free concert series every Sunday evening from late June to early August.  There you will hear great local jazz artists with one concert set aside to feature the Reno Youth Jazz Orchestra (RYJO).  I am proud to say the Reno Jazz Orchestra and FTLOJ partner to sponsor Saturday jazz on KUNR (10-midnight) and UNR’s new all music station KNCJ 89.5 (6-10pm).  The RJO’s own Dallas Smith and Scot co-host the show. 

Education is always an FTLOJ priority.  Scot has a vision to pass on our generation’s jazz experience to the next.  Young jazz students need to know jazz tradition, but must take that tradition and evolve the jazz experience for their generation.  Every generation must have its jazz voice or jazz will simply become museum music.  That is what motivates Scot and FTLOJ to provide the best possible jazz interactive activities.  Whether it is supporting RYJO performances, hosting workshops by guest artists they bring in from out of state, or promoting Moody’s summer Jazz Camp in Truckee. 

I asked Scot what brought him to jazz and, as you might expect, he came from a musical family.  He grew up in Omaha, Nebraska and both mom and dad were musicians, dad on trumpet and mom on the piano.  Music was always in the house either live or on records.  His dad’s good friend, Jack Feierman, was a music director for many great artists like Steve and Edie Lawrence and Johnny Mathis.  It was a treat for uncle Jack to visit because Scot got to see these artists when they came to Omaha.  His passion has served him well as he leads his own group Brass Knuckles, featuring his son Grahame on violin, backs artists on bass, and keeps FTLOJ’s mission alive and well.  Thank you Scot for all you do.

Now you know all about FTLOJ, or do you?  Want to learn more?  Then attend their annual membership meeting 11/19 in the Wild River Grill’s River Room 1-4pm.  You will be in the company of jazz aficionados of all ages, learn more about FTLOJ and how you can help, as well as enjoy a free concert for members and new prospective members. 


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