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Department of Music, College of Liberal Arts, School of the Arts
Alessi, Benjamin & Epstein - Concert #1

Sunday, March 31, 2019
7:30 PM
Hall Recital Hall
University Arts Building
Department of Music
University of Nevada,Reno

Jazz & Improvisational Music professors Ralph Alessi, Adam Benjamin, and Peter Epstein present their debut performance as a trio in a concert comprised of original compositions, standards, favorites, and improvisations.

Come and experience the amazing acoustics for jazz music at the new Hall Recital Hall on the University of Nevada, Reno campus.


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Reno Little Theater
Tom Stryker, Harmonica Virtuoso

Sunday, April 28, 2019
7:00 PM
Reno Little Theater
147 E. Pueblo St.
Reno, NV
Pay What You Can ($5 minimum)

Tom’s Bio: “The mastery of jazz on the chromatic harmonica is a labor of love as it is with any instrument,” said Michael Thomas Stryker, a harmonica player known to his fans as “Tom.”

He came by his interest and talent with the harmonica at an early age.   Along the way, Tom raised a family and became a successful international business executive.

Tom began his musical journey in San Francisco in 1954 under the guidance of former Borah Minevitch Rascal, Ray Tankersley.  He later began playing professionally with world-famous “Harmonica Rascal” Johnny Puleo.  “It was a wonderful opportunity for a great beginning,” says Tom.

Tom went on to perform both as a soloist and with various symphonies, harmonica trios and jazz bands. He has appeared on television and radio shows as well as the Jersey Island World Harmonica Championships in 1980s as the lead player with Harmonica Express, a quartet of players. Up until this time, his focus was on carefully arranged music for the harmonica; yet he was still searching for “something.” At that point he met a local jazz musician who introduced him to a jazz combo playing in the local nightclubs in San Jose, California.

Needless to say, he was bitten by the “bug”, and a new musical journey began. Tom began listening to all of the great jazz musicians and has been greatly influenced by the likes of Toots Thielemans, Charley Parker, Bill Evans and Dan Lancaster.

Tom has performed all over the world, from Taiwan to China to Hawaii to Frankfurt and from Miami to London. Also, in jazz clubs in Reno, Nevada where he now resides.    His performances on Holland America Cruise Lines as lead player for the Harmonica Aces, were a tremendous success. Tom plays regularly in the clubs of Reno, Nevada area while working with various national Symphonies and Pops Orchestras

Tom served from 2006 – 2012 as President of “SPAH,” the Society For The Preservation And Advancement Of The Harmonica.”

MPROMPTU’s performance at the Reno Little Theater will include Jazz Chromatic Harmonica Player Tom Stryker, Jimmy Vermilion on Keyboards/Vocals, Rocky Taterelli on Sax,  Marcy Benner on Vocals and Neil Strocchio on Drums.

IMPROMPTU, a Reno based group, will bring their style of Jazz and Standards to you, all enhanced by the little heard Chromatic Harmonica.
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RJO Saturday Workshops
Presented by the Reno Jazz Orchestra

Wednesdays, 2019
March 16th &amd; 23rd
April 13th &amd; 20th
May 4th, 11th, 18th &amd; 25th
Concert: June 1st
9-11 AM level 1 (Beginning-Intermediate)
11:30AM-1:30 PM level 2 (Advanced)
Good Luck Macbeth Theater Company (Union Hall)
124 W. Taylor St.
In Midtown, Reno, NV
Cost: $80 for all 8 sessions or $15 per session. Payment is due at the first session March 16th or can be mailed.

Student musicians are invited to join us for 8 Saturday sessions to work in small groups, learn jazz tunes by ear, learn music theory and work with Bryan McAllister and members of the RJO. The sessions culminate in a concert on June 1st.

Questions? Contact: Nichole Heglund, RJO Education Coordinator nheglund@washoeschools.net

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The Peanuts Gang

Christopher Sexton - piano
Grew Lewis - drumset
Mac Esposito - bass

Sunday, May 26, 2019
7:00 PM
Reno Little Theater
147 E. Pueblo St.
Reno, NV
Pay What You Can ($5 minimum)

The Peanuts Gang is a trio of musicians specializing in the authentic recreation of rare music not widely performed in the global jazz community. The “Gang” starting performing in December 2015 when pianist Christopher Sexton decided to take on learning the music of Vince Guaraldi, specifically the score from A Charlie Brown Christmas, which audiences immediately loved and The Peanuts Gang’s seasonal concerts soon became a Christmas tradition in the Reno area. The Gang has now extended their performance season year-round, and are constantly adding new music and arrangements to their set. Audience members are consistently surprised with the unique spontaneity each performance provides.


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Jazz Jam Session Wednesdays
UNR Jazz & Improvisational Music Students

Wednesdays, 2019
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