Considered one of the best of its kind in the world, and lauded by the San Francisco Chronicle as “showcasing music’s future,” the Reno Jazz Festival has been bringing jazz superstars and the finest emerging young artists to town for five decades. Celebrating 51 years of jazz, 1962-2013 (and counting down to 75 years and more), the Reno Jazz Festival hosts three days of concerts and events on the University of Nevada, Reno campus, April 25-27.
The festival is an enduring celebration of jazz, with three days of concerts, competitions and clinics. Hosting concerts by world-renowned jazz superstars, the festival also acts as an educational venue for some of the country’s most talented middle school, high school and college-age musicians, as thousands of students compete at the festival with their school bands, vocal groups and ensembles from around the Western states. The three-day festival culminates in a showcase concert and awards ceremony Saturday, April 27 to honor the best and brightest young standouts.
Thursday, April 25, 7:30pm
Nightingale Concert Hall
Trumpeter Dave Douglas kicks off the festival performing with the University's faculty jazz quintet, The Collective. The prolific two-time Grammy-nominated trumpeter, composer and educator has been named Trumpet Player of the Year more than 20 times since 2000 by DownBeat and JazzTimes magazines and the Jazz Journalists Association. And DownBeat just granted him four stars for his recently released Dave Douglas Quintet debut recording, Be Still.
Friday, April 26, 7:30pm
Lawlor Events Center
Grammy-nominated percussionist Matt Wilson and his Arts & Crafts ensemble will stretch the "classic" jazz quartet instrumentation. Wilson is universally recognized for his musical and melodic drumming style as well as being a gifted composer, bandleader, producer and teaching artist. His dedication to jazz has also helped establish him as a beloved world ambassador for the music, on and off the bandstand. In addition to leading his own groups, Wilson is an integral part of bands led by Joe Lovano, John Scofield, Charlie Haden, Lee Konitz, Bob Stewart, Denny Zeitlin, Ron Miles, Marty Ehrlich, Ted Nash, Jane Ira Bloom and Dena DeRose, among others. For five consecutive years he was voted #1 Rising Star Drummer in the DownBeat Critic’s Poll. The readers of JazzTimes chose him one of the top four drummers in the 2010 Readers Poll. He recently performed at the White House as part of an all-star jazz group for a State Dinner concert hosted by President Obama. "Calling Wilson a drummer is like calling Mario Andretti a car driver." ~ JazzReview
Individual tickets for Dave Douglas and The Collective, April 25:
General $20/Senior $17/Student $10. The performance is also included in the festival's Jazz Fan Pass (preferred seating), which provides entry to all festival concerts and events April 25-27: General $60/Senior $50.
Individual tickets for Matt Wilson's Arts & Crafts, April 26:
General $27/Senior $24/Student $18. The performance is also included in the festival's Jazz Fan Pass (preferred seating), which provides entry to all festival concerts and events April 25-27: General $60/Senior $50.
Individual tickets for the Reno Jazz Festival Showcase and Awards Ceremony, April 27:
General $18/Senior $15/Student $11. The Reno Jazz Festival Showcase and Awards Ceremony is also included in the festival's Jazz Fan Pass (preferred seating), which provides entry to all festival concerts and events April 25-27: General $60/Senior $50.
To purchase the Jazz Fan Pass, call Extended Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno, (775) 784-4046 or 1-800-233-8928.
To purchase individual tickets in advance (with a convenience fee), visit the Reno Jazz Festival website link below, or call 1-800-325-7378. Tickets may also be purchased in person (without a convenience fee) on the University of Nevada, Reno campus at the Lawlor Events Center box office, open weekdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m. If the concert is not sold out, tickets may also be purchased at the door the evening of each performance.