Reno Jazz Orchestra has performed on the festival since its inception in 2004. We welcome them back with their high energy and highly refined playing. Join us on Sun., Aug. 20, 2017, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Capital Amphitheater, in the beautiful park between the Capitol Building and the Legislative Building in Carson City. Joining the RJO on this outing is soloist David Wells.
Oh, that jazz big band sound! The Reno Jazz Orchestra is motivated by the desire to create good music in the grand tradition of the jazz big band stage performance. It’s based on the love of that grand sound and the rush and wonder of playing 17 pieces to a packed house. Now, that’s heaven! Reno has made a name for itself with jazz, and some would argue, the strongest tradition is the big band sound. The intense love of music has made Reno a magnet for world-class performers. Whatever venue, historic or modern, the demand for big band jazz continues, and RJO loves playing for audiences and loves its fans.
Singing with RJO today is David Wells. Originally from Oakland, CA, he was influenced by classical music, modern jazz, and blues. He has sung and enjoyed all genres of music, performing in the Power of Love and Renegade in the Reno-Tahoe area. RJO leader, Chuck Reider, said, “David Wells first performed with RJO’s 2016 A Gospel Christmas. I had not heard him sing solo until sound check, when he sang Let’s Stay Together. I was in the hall checking sound and was an instant fan! I said, ‘Wow, who is this guy?’ He has performed with us three time since then, and always wows the crowd.”
A highlight of Carson City’s August music festival is the Reno Jazz Orchestra, presenting big-band jazz at its finest. Formed in 1997, RJO is a diversified big band whose members have performed with Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Elvis Presley, Natalie Cole, and Luciano Pavarotti. Members traveled with Woody Herman, Stan Kenton, Ray Charles, Buddy Rich, and Buddy Morrow. RJO has recorded several CDs. Information about the RJO can be found at www.renojazzorchestra.org. The event is free.
- Saxophones: Peter Epstein, Dallas Smith, Doug Coomler, Jim Garaventa, Mauro Di Gioia
- Trumpets: Mark Curry, John Beckman, Terry Burns, Andrew Woodard
- Trombones: Dean Carter, Joe Cadena, Rich Lewis, Chuck Reider (Music Director)
- Guitar: Joey Berger
- Piano: Bill Hecht
- Bass: Hans Halt
- Drums: Andy Hegland