We are still planning the schedule of events for 2021.

The next Jazz & Beyond planning meeting is Wednesday, May 5, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. on Zoom.  If you wish to be involved, contact David Bugli at 775-883-4154.

The Open Studios Tour is planned for Saturday & Sunday, Aug. 21 & 22, 2021.

Our Advertisers & Sponsors from last year (2020)

Capital City Arts Initiative (CCAI) - advertiser

Capital City Arts Initiative (CCAI) promotes arts in Carson City.  They exhibit art in The Brick (building) on Proctors St., in the Courthouse on Musser St., and in the Sierra Room in the Carson City Community Center.

Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center - advertiser

Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center

Carson City Classic Cinema Club - advertiser

Thanks to Carson City Classic Cinema Club (C5) for advertising with the Jazz & Beyond 2021 Festival.  C5 provided assistance in presenting “High Society” on Aug. 19 and 20, 2020.

Dr. Justin Kiggins, DDS - advertiser

Thanks to Dr. Justin Kiggins, DDS, for advertising with the Jazz & Beyond 2021 Festival.

Great Basin Consulting Group - sponsor

Thanks to Great Basin Consulting Group (Mike Drews) for being a sponsor of the Jazz & Beyond 2021 Festival.

A to Zen - sponsor

Thanks to A to Zen (Mike Epps) for being a sponsor of the Jazz & Beyond 2021 Festival and providing live-streaming services and consultation for J&B events in 2020.

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Jazz & Beyond 2021

The planning committee has selected Aug. 13-29, 2021, as the dates for the 2021 Jazz & Beyond Festival.  Planning for the new festival started in early 2021.  Plans are contingent upon the status of the COVID-19 situation.  We are looking into three major ways of presenting the festival:

  1. Presentation of live, in-person events.  This will depend upon the availability of facilities where we can present events with appropriate social distancing, if needed.  Several of the outdoor venues we have used in past years would apply.
  2. Presentation of live events that are live-streamed.  Some such events could be presented in indoor venues or limited-access outdoor venues and live-streamed via Facebook or a similar platform.  These events could also be record and made available, after the live-streaming, on YouTube.com or similar platforms.
  3. Presentation of pre-recorded performances.  These could be presented on Facebook or YouTube.com.

As we better understand to course of the pandemic, we will decide how to present the festival this year.  It may be that we do some combination of the approaches just outlined. –David Bugli 2/14/2021


Mile High Jazz Band Association’s Jazz & Beyond Festival is funded by grants from the  Nevada Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts, and by private donations.


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Jazz & Beyond Committee Announces 2021 Art Contest

Media Release: Feb. 11, 2021
Mile High Band Association’s 2021 Jazz & Beyond Festival Committee is sponsoring an art contest for northern Nevada artists, including teachers and students.  Selected entries in the competition may be used to promote the festival, and the winning entry will be featured on the festival’s advertising poster and program cover.  Festival T-shirts this year may also feature the winning design.  The entry deadline is April 1, 2021.  Participation is free.
The artwork will be judged by the Jazz & Beyond committee.  The winner of the competition will receive a certificate of appreciation from the Jazz & Beyond – Carson City Music and Art Festival and a cash award of $100.  Alexander Cassimus, art project chair, said, “The artist’s work will be front and center, viewed by thousands of festival patrons.”
Entry forms are available for download from milehighjazz.com/artcontest2021.pdf
Artwork must be 11”x14” and may be in any two-dimensional medium (photography, digital collage and photography, watercolor, acrylic, oil, etc.).  Artwork must be matted, backed, and submitted in a protective sleeve. Each submission must include the entry form.
Artists are to deliver their entries to the Nevada Artists Association Gallery, 449 West King Street, Carson City, NV, by April 1.  Gallery hours are 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday.
The entry form and a digital image of the artwork (not to exceed 20 MB) must also be sent as an email attachment to info@jazzcarsoncity.com.
For more information about the contest and entry forms, contact Alexander Cassimus at 408-264-4423 or away4@earthlink.net.

Artist Karen Kreyeski with the official, award-winning artwork for the 2020 festival.

Many Musicians

In 2021 we hope to present about many musicians in several events, some virtual and some live.  The Third Annual Carson City Open Studios Tour (OST) will be held on Saturday & Sunday, August 21 & 22, 2021.

In 2020, faced with the COVID-19 pandemic, we presented fewer events than we normally do.  Most of our live, in-person events had to be cancelled, but we presented 2 nights of drive-in movie (“High Society”), 3 live-streamed events from A to Zen, 2 live-streamed brunch events from Eagle Valley Golf Course, 1 live-streamed event from another venue, and a specially prerecorded event from Virginia.  The 2020 live-streamed events are still available for viewing on our J&B On The Web page.  In addition, the Second Annual Carson City Open Studios Tour (OST) was on Saturday & Sunday, August 22 & 23, 2020.

In 2019, we presented or featured more than 100 musicians in 50 or more events.

See the interview, Jazz and Beyond 2020: Pandemic Style, with Cortney Bloomer on It’s Your City.  Cortney zooms with David Bugli of Mile High Jazz Band to discuss the changes made to 2020’s festival.  Interview was recorded Aug. 4, 2020.

The second annual Carson City Open Studios Tour (OST), part of the festival, was on Saturday, August 22, and Sunday, August 23, 2020, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at ten studios throughout Carson City. This admission-free, contemporary cultural event showcased more than 20 local artists, presenting a wide variety of exceptional visual art and art demonstrations, from painting, sculpture, and 3D art to jewelry, photography, and pottery in ten individual and shared spaces. The Wa-Pai-Shone Gallery at Stewart Indian School Cultural Center & Museum displayed works of several Great Basin Native Artists. Individual musicians performed at six of the locations. OST brochures were made available in several locations and will be made available on this website.

Did We Say FREE?


HOW: How can we present such an exciting festival with most events free?

By harnessing the energy and resources of our great community! Sponsors include Nevada Arts Council, Carson City, and private donors.

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