Over the past 6 months, FTLOJ has been working hard to continue serving our local Reno/Tahoe jazz community during the COVID-19 pandemic by producing and distributing our “Live Studio Session” music videos. We are incredibly happy to have made this series, featuring some of Reno’s top jazz talent, available for anyone to access free of charge on FTLOJ’s YouTube and Facebook pages. 

Our goals with this series have been to create professional-quality music videos for our local community to enjoy in lieu of live performances and to financially support local artists while giving them a platform to perform and distribute their music in a safe environment. So far, this series has provided 27 local musicians with free access to professional recordings that they can now use to promote their music and build their fan base online during the pandemic and beyond. Since June of 2020, we have released 25 videos featuring 9 different musical groups, and reached thousands of viewers in our community.

We are very proud of the diverse catalog of music we have curated thus far, and are eager to keep developing it into the foreseeable future. In the coming months, we plan to continue our Live Studio Session series, as well as introduce music education videos designed by our local jazz educators to supplement the online educational efforts of our WCSD music directors during the pandemic. In addition, we have begun an initiative to provide outreach using our library of online performance recordings as entertainment for some of our more COVID-vulnerable communities such as elder care and retirement housing facilities.  

We sincerely hope that these Live Studio Sessions have generated joy and continued enthusiasm for jazz music during this difficult time. If these videos have brought value to you as a member of our music community, we encourage you to make a donation if you are able, so that we can continue to offer this content in support of our musicians, educators, and the audience free of charge!

If you haven’t checked out the series yet, we invite you to follow the link below to our YouTube channel. You won’t be disappointed! Stay tuned for holiday-themed Studio Sessions all through the month of December, with a special Christmas eve performance from Brian Landrus!

Chris Casaceli,
Media/Marketing Committee Chair