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Bill Filter Service Announcement

Saturday January 26, 2019
10:30 AM
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
 200 Island Avenue
Reno, NV
(775) 329-4279

The local jazz community's dear friend Bill Filter passed on December 28th, 2018. He was born in Milwaukee, WI on June 21, 1924. Bill was a lifetime jazz fan who helped found For the Love of Jazz and a great supporter of both FTLOJ and the RJO. He was a Northern Nevada resident since 1979. He developed commercial property in Carson City and Reno and was a member of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. He served in WWII with the 96th Infantry Division as a rifleman and squad leader during the Philippine and Okinawa invasions. He was awarded the Bronze Star medal and Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster. He married in 1982 to Margaret (Peggy) Kiely of Santa Clara, CA.

Services will be at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral on January 26th at 10:30AM.

Jazz Around Town

Jazz Artist

Susan E. Mazer, Jazz Harp

Sunday January 27, 2019
7:00 PM
Reno Little Theater
 147 East Pueblo Street
Reno, NV
Tickets: Pay-What-You-Can!

For the Love of Jazz presents

A new year and jazz harpist, Susan Mazer, is ready to welcome in new musical experiences! Well-known to Reno jazz audiences, Susan, together with Eric Middleton, and guest, Dallas Smith, will be performing music that she loves, music that celebrates tradition and innovaton, spontaneity and inspiration. Come and enjoy!

Jazz Artist

The Reno Jazz Orchestra presents
Jazz in the Schools

Saturday February 9, 2019
FREE All Day Clinics
Church Fine Arts & Nightingale Concert Hall
 University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, NV

Over 300 middle and high school musicians from over a dozen school jazz bands will perform during the 19th annual Jazz in the Schools program on February 9, 2019, in Nightingale Concert Hall at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) campus. The weekend events include a performance on Sunday, February 10th by the Reno Jazz Orchestra(RJO) who will share the stage this year with acclaimed drummer and music educator John Riley.

This event is a great opportunity for young jazz musicians in Washoe and Placer County to hear other student jazz ensembles and receive feedback from great clinicians. There is no charge to the participating schools and Band Directors to participate in Jazz in the Schools. All students who participate in JIS receive a complimentary ticket to our Sunday RJO concert and their parents offered a reduced priced ticket.

Find out the details at renojazzorchestra.org

Jazz Artist

John Riley
GRAMMY Winning Performing Artist
in concert with the
Reno Jazz Orchestra

Sunday February 10, 2019
2:00 PM
Nightingale Concert Hall
 University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, NV

$30 Reserved Seating
$10 Students w/ID

Famed Drummer John Riley to Perform with the RJO

The Reno Jazz Orchestra will present a special concert of live jazz and blues with their 17-piece big band orchestra on Sunday, February 10th at 2:00 p.m. This year the RJO will share the stage with renowned drummer and educator John Riley.

12:30pm - box office opens
1:00pm - doors open
2:00pm - performance

Throughout his prestigious career, Riley toured and recorded with the famed One O'clock Lab Band and Woody Herman Band. Following those great experiences, Riley returned to New York and began freelancing with a wide spectrum of world-class musicians which include Stan Getz, Milt Jackson, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, John Scofield, Bob Mintzer, Gary Peacock, Mike Stern, Joe Lovano, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, John Patitucci, Bob Berg, and many others.

Riley has a Bachelor of Music degree in jazz education from the University of North Texas and a Master of Music in jazz studies from Manhattan School of Music. He is on the faculty of Manhattan School of Music, and Kutztown University,and is an Artist in Residence at Amsterdam Conservatory, Holland. He is also the author of The Art of Bop Drumming, Beyond Bop Drumming, The Jazz Drummer's Workshop, The Master Drummer DVD and has taught master classes around the world. 

Find out the details at renojazzorchestra.org
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The Collective

FTLOJ & KUNR Present
The Collective

Sunday, February 17, 2019
7:30 PM
Reno Little Theater
147 E. Pueblo St.
Reno, NV
Suggested Donation: $10

FTLOJ & KUNR proudly present
The Collective

The Collective, one of the most creative and distinctive jazz ensembles in the northwestern United States, features trumpeter Ralph Alessi, pianist Adam Benjamin, bassist Hans Halt, drummer Andrew Heglund, and saxophonist Peter Epstein.

In addition to maintaining a busy performance schedule, the group's members are dedicated instructors, and form the core of the Jazz Studies area at the University of Nevada, Reno. Each of the group's musicians is eager to share his knowledge of improvisation, composition, history, and other aspects of the jazz craft.

Ralph Alessi was born in San Francisco, CA, the son of classical trumpeter Joe Alessi and opera singer Maria Leone. But after taking degrees in jazz, trumpet and bass, he studied under the legendary Charlie Haden at CalArts and lit out for New York, where he swiftly became a ubiquitous presence on the downtown scene. He's been a frequent collaborator with such notable musicians as Steve Coleman, Jason Moran, Don Byron, Ravi Coltrane, Fred Hersch, Uri Caine and Dafnis Prieto. Alessi has recorded nine albums of original compositions which draw on everything from post-bop to neo classical music. Jazz Times named This Against That's debut outing one of the ten best recordings of 2002 and in 2010, Alessi released "Cognitive Dissonance" which received a four-star review from Downbeat Magazine and was included in The New Republic's top 10 list of records of 2011. He currently records for the ECM record label and in 2013 released Baida which was called "unstoppably inventive" by The New York Times. In 2016, he released Quiver, which coincides with a week-long engagement at The Village Vanguard.

Adam Benjamin is a Grammy-nominated and critically acclaimed pianist, keyboardist, composer and writer based in New Orleans. Recognized as a "Rising Star in Jazz" in DownBeat magazine's critic's and reader's polls for six years running, his unmistakable sound crosses stylistic boundaries and challenges traditional notions of jazz. Adam maintains a humble and humorous approach that connects him with his audiences worldwide.

Adam is a founding member of Kneebody, an electric quintet widely recognized as one of the most unique ensembles in jazz today. Kneebody's debut recording as Concord Records recording artists, titled The Line, is set for release in September 2013. Kneebody's 2009 Grammy-nominated release, 12 Songs of Charles Ives, is a radical reinvention of the songs of Charles Ives in collaboration with singer Theo Bleckmann (Winter and Winter, 2009). You Can Have Your Moment(Winter and Winter, 2010) is the fourth full-length album from the "spontaneous and exciting" (DownBeat) "freakishly talented quintet" (All About Jazz).

Peter Epstein
Peter Epstein began his career in 1984 in Portland, Oregon. After several years apprenticing with many of the region's top jazz artists, he relocated to Los Angeles, California, to study jazz saxophone and various world music genres at California Institute of the Arts.
After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from CalArts in 1992, he moved to Brooklyn, New York, and has since appeared on more than 50 recordings and toured in 20-plus countries with artists including Brad Shepik, Ralph Alessi, Bobby Previte, James Carney, Joao Paulo, Jim Black, Scott Colley, Ravi Coltrane, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Peter Erskine and many others. Epstein has recorded seven critically acclaimed albums as a leader:Staring At the Sun (MA); The Invisible (MA; Solus;(MA); Old School(MA); Lingua Franca; (Songlines); Abstract Realism;(Origin), and his latest, Polarities(Songlines, 2014).

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 an integral part of the Program of Jazz and Improvisational Music, teaching all levels of jazz improvisation, jazz arranging, jazz composition and jazz keyboard techniques. 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 and Joe Lovano. In June 2016, Mr. Halt toured with acclaimed pianist Art Lande and saxophonist Paul McCandless. In July 2016, he was a recipient of an Artist Fellowship grant from the Nevada Arts Council.

Andrew Heglund is Assistant Professor at the University of Nevada, Reno where he teaches percussion, directs the UNR Percussion Ensemble and Jazz Big Band 1. Heglund holds a Doctor of Arts Degree in Music from the University of Northern Colorado and a Master's of Music Degree in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas.  Since moving to the Reno-Tahoe area in 1996, Heglund has performed with jazz artists Lee Konitz, Cedar Walton, Bobby Hutcherson, Bud Shank, Ravi Coltrane, Robin Eubanks, and Fred Hersch.  He also performs with the UNR faculty quintet The Collective, The Reno Jazz Orchestra, and the Ed Corey Trio.  Heglund has played on three CD's with the Collective (North, Boats, Balance, and Once and Again) and one CD with the Ed Corey Trio (Modal Citizen). He also performs with the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra and the Discover Music Percussion Ensemble.  Recently, Heglund was percussion soloist with the University Wind Ensemble for their performance of Joseph Schwantner's Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra.  Dr. Heglund is an active clinician/adjudicator in the Northern Nevada and Northern California areas and organizes the annual Northern Nevada Day of Percussion.

Reno Little Theater is located in Reno's vibrant Midtown district.

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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