Celebrating 55 years of honoring jazz!
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 emerging young artists for over five decades. Celebrating 55 years of jazz (since 1962), the Festival hosts three days of concerts, clinics and competitions on the University of Nevada, Reno campus.
The festival also 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. The final night features a showcase concert and awards ceremony honoring the best and brightest young standouts.
Don Byron and The Collective
Thursday, April 27, 2017
7:30 p.m. - Nightingale Concert Hall
General $24/ Senior $19/ Student $12
The opening concert will feature renowned jazz artist Don Byron who will join the University of Nevada, Reno’s faculty combo, The Collective. One of the most creative and distinctive jazz ensembles in the northwestern United States, the University’s own faculty ensemble, The Collective features pianist Adam Benjamin, bassist Hans Halt, drummer Andrew Heglund and saxophonist Peter Epstein.
The Bad Plus Joshua Redmond
Friday, April 28, 2017
7:30 p.m. - Lawlor Events Center
General $30/ Senior $26/ Student $20/ UNR Student $5
The Bad Plus — bassist Reid Anderson, pianist Ethan Iverson, and drummer David King — have a well-earned reputation for pushing the limits on what is expected of a piano-bass-drums trio. For almost two decades, the genre-smashing band has created an original repertoire of inventive music, along with iconoclastic covers of artists as divergent as Nirvana, Neil Young, Aphex Twin and Ornette Coleman.
Festival Showcase and Awards Ceremony
Saturday, April 29, 2017
6:30 p.m. - Lawlor Events Center
General $18/ Senior $15/ Student $11/ UNR Student $5
The Festival Showcase will feature a performance by the winners of the RJF All-Star Performers competition, and encore performances from some of the highest-rated groups and soloists in the festival.
The Reno Jazz Festival has expanded its commitment to providing educational opportunities during the festival. Clinics will cover topics including instrumental and vocal performance, jazz arranging and improvisation. Click here
for more information about registering your school for the competition.
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 not sold out, tickets may also be purchased at the door the evening of each performance. All purchases are final; no refunds or exchanges will be given.