For The Love of Jazz presents another installment in our Live Studio Session video series: The Peanuts Gang Trio. Together since 2014, The Peanuts Gang Trio performs nostalgic “Peanuts” jazz inspired by the music of Vince Guaraldi. Featured here is an original composition of Chris Sexton's entitled 'Soup or Salad'.
Chris Sexton - Piano
Greg Lewis - Drums
Mac Esposito - Bass
Another Wednesday, another new FTLOJ Live Studio Session! This week we are once again featuring The Reno Jazz Syndicate: Modern Dance Trio with Tristan Selzler, Zachary Teran, and Miguel Jimenez-Cruz. Check out the trio performing 'Selfdance' by Tristan Selzler!
Tristan Selzler - Piano/composer
Miguel Jimenez-Cruz - Drums
Zachary Teran - Bass
Chris Casaceli - Saxophone
For The Love of Jazz is thrilled to present a new installment in our Live Studio Session video series: NIMBUS featuring brothers Will and Chris Casaceli, a “Space Age Fusion” duo, performing an acoustic presentation of the jazz standard, Invitation, by Bronisław Kaper.
In our second weekly Live Studio Session, FTLOJ is thrilled to feature 3 members of the University of Nevada Reno Jazz Faculty. Check out Hans Halt, Ed Corey, and Josh Reed performing Ornette Coleman's 'When Will The Blues Leave?', and subscribe to our new YouTube Chanel to keep up to date with our weekly releases!
Ornette Coleman was a revolutionary figure in the world of jazz music, pushing the boundaries of what jazz could be through abstraction of established musical conventions. His influence inspired musicians to "free" themselves from the constraints of specific harmony and rhythm in the interest of more fervent musical expression. For many, this energetic expression present in free jazz functioned as a voice against oppression during the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 60s.
The COVID-19 pandemic has presented a variety of challenges for musical artists. In an effort to find new, creative ways to continue supporting the wonderful artists, we have decided to invest more in our online presence by providing a platform for jazz musicians in our community to promote themselves and their music to a broad online audience.
New videos will be posted weekly featuring local artists, so like our Facebook Page, and subscribe to our Youtube Channel to be notified when the next video comes out!
Our first featured artist is Tristan Selzler, and his Reno Jazz Syndicate: Modern Dance Trio. Check out the Live Studio Session of Tristan's Original Composition 'Junedance' below:
Covid-19 Resources for Musicians
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.