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 hosting jazz superstars and the finest jazz students, educators and professional musicians in the nation. Since 1962, the Festival has grown considerably in size ans stature and is becoming one of the largest and finest events of its kind in the world. the Festival hosts three days of concerts, clinics and competitions on the University of Nevada, Reno campus.
With more than 350 school groups, 9,000 participants, 50 clinicians, performers, and adjudicators participating annually, the Festival strives to ensure that every guest participant leaves with greater knowledge, understanding, appreciation and love of music. It attracts some of the country’s most talented middle school, high school and college-age musicians, as thousands compete with their school bands, vocal groups and ensembles.
Reno Jazz Festival performers and schedule. include evening concerts, daytime clinics and concerts, competitions and a jam session. Individual tickets can be purchased online or by calling 775-784-4278. All-access passes are also available. Performance highlights include:
Opening Concert – April 25
Walter Smith III and The Collective
Tenor saxophonist Walter Smith III, widely recognized as an adept performer and accomplished composer performs with the University of Nevada, Reno faculty jazz ensemble,
Headliner concert – April 26
Melissa Aldana Quartet
Our first female headliner… Melissa Aldana is a Chilean tenor saxophone player, who performs both as a soloist and with her band Melissa Aldana Quartet.
Final Night Showcase – April 27
The final night features a showcase concert and awards ceremony honoring the best and brightest young standouts.