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RENO JAZZ FESTIVAL. THE FUTURE OF JAZZ

RENO JAZZ FESTIVAL. THE FUTURE OF JAZZ.

GREETINGS AND WELCOME TO THE 58TH ANNUAL RENO JAZZ FESTIVAL.

Since 1962, the Reno Jazz Festival is proud to have hosted jazz students, instructors, performers, and fans 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 Chronical as, “showcasing music’s future.”

RENO JAZZ FESTIVAL. THE FUTURE OF JAZZ

In 2020 we celebrate the Festival’s 58th 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 24, acclaimed jazz vocalist and Grammy nominee Jazzmeia Horn, will take the stage. Jazzmeia will also be offering a clinic during the Festival. Jazzmeia was named the Best Jazz Vocal Debut by NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll in 2017 and is the 2015 winner of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz International Vocal Competition. Her 2017 debut album “A Social Call” was nominated for a 2018 Grammy Award.

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 leaves with greater knowledge, appreciation, and love of music and the world of jazz. It is truly the students 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 2020 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

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