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Jazz and Beyond
Carson City Music Festival

August 3 - August 19, 2018
Various Locations
Most events are FREE
Carson City, NV

Opening day, August 3rd, includes Rocky Tatarelli Band and Cherie and John Shipley's Take This; closing Day, August 19th, includes Laurie Blue, Fantods, and the Reno Jazz Orchestra with David Wells. In between there are over one hundred musicians in over fifty musical events! The Jazz and Beyond Carson City Music Festival is in its fourteenth year. Most of the events are free, and it's music for all ages. Take the short, beautiful drive from Reno to Carson City to have some August summer fun!

Calendar of Events
Downloadable list of events, locations, date/time, sponsors, and fee schedules.

The Frank Perry Jazz Combo
Thursdays at 3rd Street Bar

8:00 PM
3rd Street Bar
125 W. 3rd Street
Reno, NV
Free - No Cover

Frank Perry brings his Jazz combo to the stage at 3rd Street bar in Reno.

The 3rd Street Bar is one of Reno's favorite downtown venues, becoming known for great live music and comedy.

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Jazz Jam Session Wednesdays
UNR Jazz & Improvisational Music Students

Wednesdays, 2018
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

Visit The Loving Cup Facebook Page

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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