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The Free Radicals
with special guest
Kris Davis
Thursday, March 1, 2018

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

UNR Lab Band I, aka, The Free Radicals with guest pianist/composer Kris Davis - The Free Radicals will perform the music of renowned New York based jazz pianist and composer Kris Davis. Ms. Davis will perform her compositions for large ensemble with the band in what promises to be a very special evening!

Kris Davis

Pianist-composer Kris Davis was named 2017 Rising Star Pianist in Downbeat magazine and dubbed one of the music’s top up-and-comers in a 2012 New York Times article titled “New Pilots at the Keyboard,” with the newspaper saying: “One method for deciding where to hear jazz on a given night has been to track down the pianist Kris Davis.” To date, Davis has released ten recordings as leader. Her 2016 release, Duopoly, made The New York Times, Pop Matters, NPR, LA Times, and Jazz Times best albums of 2016. Davis works as a collaborator and side person with artists such as John Zorn, Terri Lyne Carrington, Craig Taborn, Don Byron, Tyshawn Sorey, Eric Revis, Michael Formanek, Tony Malaby, Ingrid Laubrock, Mary Halvorson and Tom Rainey. Davis received a Doris Duke Impact award in 2015 and multiple commissions to compose new works from The Shifting Foundation, The Jazz Gallery/Jerome Foundation and the Canada Council for the Arts. She currently teaches at Princeton and the New School in NYC.

Visit the official Kris Davis Website.

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Music Event

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.

More Festival Events

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

Visit the official Reno Jazz Festival Website.

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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

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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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