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Reno Jazz Syndicate
Sunday Concert
Sunday, April 15, 2018

7:00 PM
Reno Little Theater
147 E. Pueblo St.
Reno, NV
Pay-What-You-Can! Proceeds benefit RLT & For the Love of Jazz!

Founded in 2006, the Reno Jazz Syndicate is a musical community of performers, composers and bandleaders based out of the University of Nevada, Reno. The RJS promotes traditional and progressive jazz and blues, as well as other creative and improvisational musics in and around Reno/Tahoe. Members of the Reno Jazz Syndicate comprise many groups of varying musical styles, in both showcase and casual enviroments, and perform regularly in venues of all sizes. With an emphasis on original material, creative improvisation techniques, and artistic development, members of the the RJS are known as some of the most passionate and most professional musicians in Northern Nevada.

Brought to you by For the Love of Jazz, 89.5 KNCJ, and Reno Little Theater.

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Reno Jazz Festival 2018
April 26, 27, 28, 2018
7:30 PM
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, NV
Admission: Fees Vary

The 2018 Reno Jazz Festival promises to once again bring together some of the finest jazz students, educators, and professional musicians in the United States. Since its first year in 1962 (featuring five school groups), the Festival has grown considerably in size and stature, becoming one of the largest and finest events of its kind in the world. With more than 350 school groups, 9,000 participants, 50 clinicians, performers, and adjudicators participating annually, we strive to ensure that every guest participant leaves with greater knowledge, understanding, appreciation and love of music.

This year, Peter Epstein serves as Director of the Festival and Adam Benjamin assists as Associate Director.

Read the Festival Guidelines and Register for this great event.

April 26, 7:30 PM - Opening Concert
7:30 PM
Nightingale Concert Hall


The Collective, The University of Nevada, Reno's faculty jazz ensemble takes the stage with multi-instrumentalist and composer, Peter Apfelbaum.

Visit the official Peter Apfelbaum Website.

April 27, 7:30 PM - Headliner Concert
7:30 PM
Lawler Events Center


Dafnis Prieto is a cuban-American drummer, whose revolutionary techniques and compositions have had a powerful impact on the Latin and Jazz music scenes, nationally and internationally.

Visit the official Dafnis Prieto Website.

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Other Festival events include daytime concerts, clinics, workshops, competitions, jam sessions and more.

Visit the official Reno Jazz Festival Website.

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UNR World Percussion Ensemble
In Concert
Featuring Guest Artist
Mark Lamson Wednesday, May 2, 2018

7:30 PM
Nightingale Concert Hall
Church Fine Arts
University of Nevada, Reno
$5 General Admission; Students w/ID FREE

Mark Lamson

With countless recordings and performances to his credit, Mark Lamson is highly sought after for his integrity, experience and expertise in a broad range of musical styles. While Lamson’s repertoire includes R&B, rock, Latin jazz, New Orleans brass band, funk, country and hip-hop, his true mastery and passion lie in fusing the popular and traditional music of Brazil and Cuba with modern American and Latin American styles. One of Lamson's greatest achievements to date has been the creation, recording and performance of Bata Ketu with San Francisco musician, Michael Spiro. Conceived as a fusion and interplay of Afro-Cuban and Afro-Brazilian folkloric music, They produced the CD in 1996, and it is hailed around the world as being a landmark recording. It is registered with the Smithsonian Institute and has received funding from the Rockefeller Institute.

Lamson is the director, manager and lead percussionist for SOL e MAR, a dynamic Brazilian/Latin and Caribbean music and events collective, which he co-founded in 1985. He has performed with Sergio Mendes and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl. He has also played with Harry Belafonte, opened for Ivan Lins and The Neville Brothers, and has performed at numerous jazz, Carnaval, and street festivals including San Diego Street Scene, San Francisco’s Carnaval, the Stanford Jazz Festival, and the Mardi Gras Ball at the Palladium in Hollywood, California. As a production coordinator, He has been contracted by numerous Fortune 500 clients to plan and produce large-scale events with up to 10,000 in attendance. He is considered a key go-to person for quality entertainment by San Diego’s top event planners. Lamson is recognized around the globe for his abilities as an educator and workshop clinician.

In addition to serving for 20 years as an adjunct faculty member at San Diego State University, He has served for 16 years as a faculty member for the prestigious California Brazil Camp. He most recently served in the capacity of adjunct faculty in the World Music department at Santa Clara University and in the past, has been on the adjunct faculty for CSU Long Beach, Palomar College and has been a guest lecturer and conducted clinics at UCSD, UCLA, Portland State University, Wisconsin State University, Lawrence University, Tulane University, Arizona State University, University of Arizona, UC San Marcos and has conducted numerous International workshops. In 2013, he was commissioned by the U.S. State Department to conduct an Artist in Residency in Monterey, Mexico.

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The Reno Jazz Orchestra
The Music of Hans Halt:
Big Band Compositions
Friday, April 18, 2018
Saturday, April 18, 2018

7:30 PM
Union Hall
124 W. Taylor St.
Midtown Reno, NV
$15 General Admission

Hans Halt holds his Bachelor and Master degrees from UNR and is a full time instructor of bass and jazz studies at the university. He is currently teaching Jazz Arranging, Jazz History, Jazz Composition, Jazz Improvisation, Jazz Keyboard Techniques and Applied Bass and Piano.

Mr. Halt began playing professionally over thirty years ago in Buffalo, NY. In 1980, Hans moved to the San Francisco Bay area gaining experience playing with top Bay Area musicians, including Mark Levine and Pete Escovedo. Since moving to the Reno area in 1985, Hans has been an active performer and composer with a variety of creative groups, including the Afro-Cuban jazz group No Comprende, The Ed Corey Trio (CD-Modal Citizen), and the University of Nevada, Reno’s jazz faculty, The Collective, (CDs- NorthBoats,Balance, Once and Again). He also performs regularly with the Reno Philharmonic and the Reno Jazz Orchestra.

Mr. Halt has performed with numerous top jazz artists participating in the Reno Jazz Festival, including Peter Erskine, Bobby Hutcherson, Geri Allen, Fred Hersch, Lee Konitz, Ravi Coltrane, and Avishai Cohen.

Mr. Halt is an experienced clinician, having presented master classes and performances for the Reno Jazz Festival, Music Teachers National Association, and Brigham Young University.

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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