Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from everyone at FTLOJ! On this Christmas eve, we are excited to present the final participant in our Home For The Holidays Series; the Illustrious low woodwind player and Reno native, Brian Landrus! We hope you enjoy Brian's solo rendition of 'Silent Night' by Franz Xaver Gruber.
About Brian Landrus
Brian Landrus is one of our most revered jazz community members. A Reno native, Brian attended McQueen High School and studied under Frank Perry as a young jazz student. He went on to earn a PhD in composition at Rutgers University, two Master of Music degrees in jazz composition and jazz performance at the New England Conservatory, and a Bachelor’s degree at University of Nevada, Reno.
After 10 albums as a leader, multi-instrumentalist and composer, Dr. Brian Landrus, has become one of the most in demand low woodwind musicians on the planet. In the last few years, both Downbeat and Jazztimes Magazines have consistently placed Landrus among the top five baritone saxophonists in the world according to their International Critics Polls. Landrus’ 25-piece orchestral album Generations (2017), was named one of the best recordings of the year by NPR, Downbeat Magazine, JazzTimes, All About Jazz, Jazziz, and many other international publications.
Brian has a new 2020 release, For Now, which came out on BlueLand Records May 15, 2020. For more about Brian Landrus' music and career visit his website at brianlandrus.com.
As the recent surge in Coronavirus cases continues, FTLOJ has decided to alter our "Live Studio Session" release schedule to include some of our favorite local musical households performing from home, encouraging everyone to stay safe this holiday season!
Enjoy the Heglund Family Performing the holiday classic, Jingle Bells featuring Isaiah Heglund on Piano accompanied by Andy Heglund and Nichole Heglund with a special guest appearance by Mathew Heglund.
Isaiah Heglund - Piano
Andy Heglund - Vibraphone
Nichole Heglund - Soprano Saxophone
Mathew Heglund - Ambient Vocals
Wrap Yourself in a Christmas Package by Randy Greer & Ignasi Terraza - The Carolyn Dolan Quartet
Happy Holidays everyone! This week we are once again featuring Carolyn Dolan and her Quartet on a wonderful Christmas tune titled 'Wrap Yourself in a Christmas Package' by Randy Greer & Ignasi Terraza. Enjoy!
Carolyn Dolan - Vocals
Tony Savage - Drums
Hans Halt - Bass
Peter Supersano - Piano
Reno Musicians' Union, Local 368 of the American Federation of Musicians is very sympathetic to musicians during these challenging times. John Shipley, President of Local 368 has been working diligently to provide local musicians with as much support as possible.
Below is a list of resources to assist you in obtaining current informational materials to aid in obtaining monetary relief. Mr. Shipley encourages you to monitor these sites as new information is constantly being changed and added.
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. For 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 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.