Reno Jazz Festival Reimagined

Reno Jazz Festival Reimagined

Learn about the 2021 and future seasons of the Reno Jazz Festival.

Reno Jazz Festival. The future of jazz.

We need music, now, more than ever before. Sometimes, out of challenging moments like this, come new and refreshing perspectives, ideas and approaches that have the potential to positively transform a community. And the Reno Jazz Festival is on that precipice.

We will have some virtual programming in 2021 including live events with our guest artists, acclaimed saxophonist, composer and educator, Miguel Zenón and vocalist Michael Mayo. We will also be holding roundtable conversations to help inform the new structure and approach for 2022 and beyond. Music educators, directors, past student participants, adjudicators and clinicians will be invited to contribute ideas and feedback during a series of facilitated conversations held in early 2021.

The Festival we present moving forward will be quite different from Festivals in recent years. Read about our guiding principles and values that will inform our new approach.

We hope that you share in our optimism and vision as we reimagine this longstanding tradition. Your voice is a vital component in this process. Please join us as we engage in conversation in early 2021 and implement these changes in 2022 and beyond.

We look forward to hearing from you as we plan for the future of jazz, together.

Peter Epstein
Director, Reno Jazz Festival
Professor of Music
School of the Arts, University of Nevada, Reno

Adam Benjamin
Associate Director, Reno Jazz Festival
Director, Jazz and Improvisational Music Program
Associate Professor of Music
School of the Arts, University of Nevada, Reno