Welcome to Reno Jazz Festival 2020

Reno Jazz Festival. The future of jazz.

Reno Jazz Festival. The future of jazz.

Since 1962, the Reno Jazz Festival is proud to have hosted jazz students, instructors, performers and fans to the University of Nevada, Reno to play, listen and learn. The three-day festival provides a forum for students to perform for judges and peers and to learn from jazz masters in clinics, workshops and concerts. Recognized as one of the best of its kind, the Reno Jazz Festival has been lauded by The San Francisco Chronicle as, “showcasing music’s future."

In 2021 we celebrate the Festival’s 58 th year presenting an incredible range of jazz artists on the University of Nevada, Reno campus. The Festival offers public performances by world-renowned musicians from across North America, Australia, Asia and Europe. Our guest artists represent some of the most creative and celebrated musicians in jazz history: Art Blakey, Ray Brown, Roy Haynes, Lee Konitz, Michael Brecker, Jon Hendricks, Dave Holland, Bobby Hutcherson, Charlie Haden, Maria Schneider, Ravi Coltrane and the list goes on and on.

This year will be no different. On Friday, April 23, acclaimed saxophonist, composer and educator, Miguel Zenón and his quartet will take the stage. The multiple Grammy nominee will also lead a clinic during the Festival. Considered one of the most groundbreaking and influential saxophonists of his generation, Miguel has received distinguished honors as a MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellow. Miguel has been commissioned by organizations across the country including SFJAZZ, Chamber Music America and The Hyde Park Jazz Festival. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Miguel is dedicated to presenting free-of-charge jazz concerts to rural communities throughout his home country.

On Thursday, April 22, vocalist Michael Mayo will perform with University’s faculty ensemble, The Collective. Michael attended the acclaimed Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance, only the third vocalist to be accepted into the 20-year-old program, where he learned from Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock and Luciana Souza. Michael will also lead a clinic at this year’s Festival.

With more than 300 school groups, up to, 9,000 participants and 60 clinicians, performers and adjudicators, we continue to strive to ensure that every guest participant leaves with greater knowledge, appreciation and love of music and the world of jazz. It is truly the student participants who make the Festival a vibrant epicenter of jazz each April.

The Reno Jazz Festival is a massive undertaking, and it would not be possible without help from all of our sponsors and volunteers. Special thanks to the National Endowment for the Arts, Nevada Arts Council, IGT, Circus Circus Hotel Casino, THE ROW - Reno, CLM Design, Advertising and Interactive, Steinway Piano Gallery of Reno, Absolute Music, Greenbrae Trophy and to our own University of Nevada, Reno for its unfailing support over the past three decades, especially from the School of the Arts and College of Liberal Arts.

We look forward to seeing you at the 2021 Reno Jazz Festival!

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