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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.
Local Jazz Music Gigs

Friday, August 10, 2018
Doors Open at 6:30
Show Starts at 7:30

$10 General Admission
$5 Students

Laughing Planet
University of Nevada, Reno
941 N. Virginia Street
Reno, NV

MAE.SUN is a band formed by saxophonist, vocalist and composer, Hailey
Niswanger ( www.haileyniswanger.com ). Their debut album, Vol. 1: Inter-be, was released
on November 3rd, 2017. MAE.SUN’s eclectic sonic palette ranges from contemporary
jazz and world music, to soulful funk and neo-soul.

MAE.SUN features Hailey Niswanger on soprano saxophone, vocals, and all
compositions, Nikara Warren on vibraphone, Andrew Renfroe on guitar, Axel Laugart on
keys, Aaron Liao on bass, and David Frazier Jr. on drums. Niswanger has released 3
previous albums as a leader; was featured in the Wall Street Journal, on NPR, and listed
in the Downbeat Magazine critics poll in the rising star category for alto and soprano
saxophone for the past 5 consecutive years. She has performed with Esperanza
Spalding, Mike Clark, and Terri Lyne Carrington, among many others. Warren has
participated in the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program; has shared the stage with her
grandfather Kenny Barron, vocalist Charenee Wade, and Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts; as well as
composes and leads her own group. Laugart released his self-titled album in 2016 and
has performed with the Afro Cuban All Stars, Teresa Garcia Caturla, George Clinton,
Steve Gadd, Pino Paladino, Pedrito Martinez, and many more. Renfroe has performed
with many jazz and contemporary artists including, Carmen Lundy, Terrace Martin, and
Nat Reeves. Liao has also performed with Patrice Rushen, Valerie Simpson, Terrence
Blanchard, Antonio Sanchez, and more, and is a member of alternative experimental pop
group Iris Lune. Frazier actively performs with Gabriel Garzón-Montano and SZA.
MAE.SUN is based in New York City, and has performed at National Sawdust as part of
The Revolution series and ‘We Are Here’ benefit concert, Club Bonafide, Williamsburg
Music Center, and Nublu Classic.

MAE.SUN is touring the West Coast this August, 2018.

Buy the new album: Amazon | Spotify | iTunes

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John Stowell
with Hans Halt and Andy Heglund

Friday, August 17, 2018
7:30 PM
Laughing Planet Cafe
941 N. Virginia Street
Reno, NV
(Next to Campus) 
$10 General; $5 Students

John Stowell began his successful career in the early 1970's with private study with guitarist Linc Chamberland and pianist John Mehegan. Both men were valuable mentors to John, allowing him to play with them as he progressed in his development. Several years later he met bassist David Friesen in New York City, and they formed a duo that recorded and toured prolifically for seven years, with performances in the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia.

In 1983, John and David joined flutist Paul Horn and Paul's son Robin Horn (on drums) for a historic tour of the Soviet Union. This was the first time in forty years that an American jazz group had been invited to play public performances in Russia. In 1993, 1995, 1998 and 2012 John returned to Russia, playing in numerous cities. His two sold-out performances in Kursk may have been the first appearances there by an American jazz musician.

John continues to tour, record and teach internationally. He has been Artist-In-Residence at schools in Germany, Indonesia, Argentina, and in the United States and Canada. He served as assistant director and performer in Oregon Public Broadcasting's PDX Jazz Summit in 1991, and since 1995 has been a contributing columnist for a number of magazines, including "Downbeat", "Guitar Player", "Canadian Musician", "Soundcheck" (Germany), and "Guitar Club" (Italy).

With bassist David Friesen, featured of the soundtracks of two Academy Award Nominated short films (Will Vinton Studios, Portland, OR, and Bosustow Studios, Los Angeles, CA).

"Through the Listening Glass" with David Friesen chosen of the "Ten Best Jazz Albums of the Decade" by the Los Angeles Examiner.

Chosen "Talent Deserving Wider Recognition" by Downbeat's International Critic's Poll, 1978 and 1979.

Featured in Japan's "Swing Journal", "The Jazz Guitar" (Ashely Mark Publishing, England), and the Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz (Leonard Feather and Ira Gitler).

Appearances on BET Jazz Discovery and Guitar Series television shows.

Recording/Performance Credits: Milt Jackson, Lionel Hampton, Art Farmer, Conte Condoli, Herb Ellis, Bill Watrous, Mundell Lowe, George Cables, Billy Higgins, Billy Hart, Richie Cole, Paul Horn, Tom Harrrell, Don Thompson, Dave Liebman, and many others

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

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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
Tristan Selzler and
The Reno Jazz Syndicate

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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Located between West & Sierra in downtown Reno, open Tuesday through Sunday at 5 PM.

Located at 445 California Ave in the incredibly hip Midtown section of Reno. There's all kinds of music here.

CALL (775) 657-8484 FOR DETAILS


Located at 160 W. Liberty Street in Reno, NV, listen to jazz on the 3rd Sunday of each month from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM.

CALL (775) 284-2921 FOR DETAILS