Mile High Jazz Band Association began this multi-day music festival in August 2004 as “Basie@100,” a one-time event on the Brewery Arts Center campus, to honor the 100th anniversary of the birth of jazz legend William “Count” Basie, Aug. 21, 1904. The original idea was to have a single concert on his birthday, but then it grew into the idea of having several bands perform that day, and then eventually it turned into a three-day event featuring 14 performances. In response to its success that first year and subsequent years, the festival became an annual event. The following year, it was called “Basically Basie.” In 2006, the presenters—Brewery Arts Center and Mile High Jazz Band Association—renamed the festival “Jazz & Beyond.” In 2009, Mile High Jazz Band Assoc. took it to downtown Carson City with numerous venues and more performing groups than ever. With support of the community, the festival has continued to grow, and in recent years we have featured events over a 17-day period featuring 50-60 performances and over 100 performers, many of them local talent.
This year (2016) we will have a special event involving four performances at Silver Saddle Ranch on Aug. 7, as well as events on the Legislative Plaza, events at the Railroad Museum, events at the new Bob McFadden Plaza (Third Street) stage, an other fun experiences.
The Mile High Jazz Band Association formed in 2001 as a nonprofit corporation to support the MHJB and its subgroup, the Millennium Bugs (jazz combo), promote live jazz performance in northern Nevada, educate the public about jazz, and enrich the cultural life of the community. Member benefits include mailings, discounts on admissions, and invitations to special events, plus the satisfaction of helping big-band jazz to thrive! To book the Mile High Jazz Band (big band) or Millennium Bugs (jazz combo), call 775-883-4154. To learn more about the Mile High Jazz Band, visit the website at MileHighJazz.com.
Mile High Jazz Band Association Updated Mission Statement – Adopted March 4, 2012, by the Board of Trustees:
Our mission is to enrich the cultural life of our community by promoting live jazz performance in and around Carson City; enhancing arts education in collaboration with other organizations and school programs; and supporting our resident big band, the Mile High Jazz Band, and its affiliated combos.
For information about the Reno Jazz Festival, click here.