Bill Rose & Laurie Blue in Comma Courtyard 8/23

Bill Rose & Laurie Blue

Bill Rose & Laurie Blue perform in Comma Courtyard on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.  The event is free.

Bill Rose and Laurie Blue are a singer-songwriter duo based in Northern Virginia, USA. They compose and record original music and perform a wide variety of acoustic rock songs on guitar and flute.
Here’s Laurie performing solo:

Under the Radar in McFadden Plaza 8/22

Under the Radar perform Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in McFadden Plaza.

Under the Radar is a jazz-funk-rock-blues band formed in 2010 after winter jam sessions at a boathouse on the shores of Lake Tahoe. The fireside jam sessions became popular among locals and visitors from around the world. Band members have created a composite tone with a niche sound, influenced by Tower of Power; Earth, Wind & Fire; The Crusaders; Herbie Hancock; Santana; Hendrix; Average White Band; Miles Davis; David Sanborn; and Grover Washington Jr.

Band members are Dallas Phillips on sax, David “Fez” Duffie on bass, Richard John on guitar, and Mike Badinger on drums. Free event.


Tom Stryker’s Impromptu in Comma Courtyard 8/22

Tom Stryker, jazz harmonica soloist

Enjoy the jazz stylings of Tom Stryker’s Impromptu.  Impromptu is led by jazz harmonica player Tom Stryker.  He came by his interest and talent in the harmonica at an early age. Along the way, he raised a family and became a successful businessman. And he’s done it all his way.

Tom Stryker’s Impromptu is a well known group in the Carson City area.  Impromptu will perform with Tom Stryker on chromatic harmonica, Rocky Tatarelli on tenor sax, Jimmy Vermilion  on keyboard and vocals, Neil Strocchio on drums and, Marcy Benner on vocals.
Impromptu’s music is varied and will entertain you with “Jazz & Beyond.”

Tom began his musical journey in San Francisco in 1954. He began playing professionally with world-famous  “Harmonica Rascal” Johnny Puleo.  “It was a wonderful opportunity for a great beginning,” he says.

Tom went on to perform both as a soloist and with various symphonies, harmonica trios and jazz bands. He has appeared on television and radio shows as well as the World Harmonica Championships in 1980s as the lead player with Harmonica Express, a quartet of players. Up until this time, his focus was on carefully arranged music for the harmonica; yet he was still searching for “something.” At that point he met a local jazz musician who introduced him to a jazz combo playing in the local nightclubs in San Jose, California.

He served as President of SPAH (Society for the Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica) and has soloed and otherwise performed extensively in the U.S. and Asia.


Judith Ames Quintet at Comma Courtyard 8/20

The Judith Ames Quintet will appear at Comma Courtyard on Tues., Aug. 20, 2019, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.   The group is Judith Ames, vocals; Rocky Tatarelli, tenor sax; Peter Supersano, keys; Mike Mayhall, upright bass; and Dennis Steele, drums.

Originally from Milwaukee, Judith has always had a passion for music, from playing classical piano, French horn, and folk guitar in days gone by, to her many years as a church organist, and most recently, as a jazz singer. A longtime UNR Spanish professor (under her original name, Judith Ames Whitenack), she was inspired some years ago by the great Detroit saxophonist Rocky Tatarelli to develop her vocal skills.

Over the years, she has been performing in Reno and Carson City, the San Francisco Bay Area, Milwaukee, and Madrid, with Rocky Tatarelli (now her husband), and a rotating group of the best jazz musicians in the area. Judith favors jazz standards from the 1930s and 1940s, vocal versions of jazz tunes from the 1950s and 1960s, and a variety of Latin tunes, which she sings in the original Spanish and Portuguese. She also sings in French and Italian.


Curt Mitchell presents “Woodstock Remembered” – 8/15

Woodstock happened 50 years ago this week.  Join guitarist Curt Mitchell and Friends in “Woodstock Remembered,” a reflection on that event and its impact on our culture.  The event will take place Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. in Comma Courtyard.

The event is free.

Phreemium quartet plays in Comma Courtyard 8/13

Phreemium plays experimental jazz fused with all sorts of stuff.  This quartet is highly improvisational, in the jazz tradition, and they have a large number of original works.  The group includes drummer Brandon Dodge, a native of Carson City and former drummer with the Mile High Jazz Band.

Phreemium features Branden McKinnon on bass guitars, Derek Fong on the saxophones, Clark Harrell on keyboards, and Brandon Dodge on drums. This group pushes the boundaries on what it means to play highly improvised jazz (and beyond) while still having a foot planted in written music.  They strive for each performance to be their own and look to keep the music fun to both play and listen to.

Niall McGuinness & New World Jazz Project – 8/10

New World Jazz Project musicians Eric Finkelstein, Niall McGuinness, and Kyle Rothschild.

Niall McGuinness & New World Jazz Project

Saturday, Aug. 10, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Comma Courtyard

Soul, Latin and world jazz music is played genuinely, straight ahead, and right down the middle by the New World Jazz Project. Redirecting the art of jazz, the band lays down groove-oriented original compositions and soulfully-arranged modern classics, from Afro-jazz to adult contemporary, bebop, and beyond.

The group is Niall McGuinness on sax, flute, and percussion; George Tavoularis on piano; Kyle Rothschild on bass; and Eric Finkelstein on drums; and Eric Middleton on percussion.

(Note:  Graham Marshall Band was previously scheduled in this time slot.)