Events

Me and Bobby McGee in the Brewery Arts Center Ballroom – 8/26

NOTE (8/25): This concert, which was originally scheduled for the Comma Courtyard, has been moved to the Brewery Arts Center Ballroom (449 W. King St., second floor) due to smoky conditions.


Me and Bobby McGee perform in the Brewery Arts Center Ballroom on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021, from 2:45 to 4:00 p.m.

Me and Bobby McGee

Me and Bobby McGee

Me and Bobby McGee is what June Joplin and Bob Reid called themselves when they started moonlighting from their duties as vocalist and keyboard player in the high-energy pop-rock-country band Moonlight Express.  June is also owner of Comma Coffee and Bob is a successful author.  As Me and Bobby, June and Bob kick back, slow down, and open the Great American Songbook to sublime standards such as “Come Rain or Come Shine” by Harold Arlen, “Our Love is Here to Stay” by George Gershwin, “Since I Fell For You” by Buddy Johnson, and “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” by Cole Porter.  June, who’s equally at home in a mink coat or blue jeans and high-heeled pumps, has the voice and the heart for the timeless classics, a smooth, smoky, passionate style that’s part diva, part rapture, part pure sizzle. Bob backs her up with tasteful, soulful accompaniments he’s honed over years of listening to and playing the great songs of our time. Together they strive to imbue their performances with the qualities of the songs they love – timelessness, elegance, class.

Lucky Diamond and the Gents o’ Jive at BAC Performance Hall – 8/28

Mark Ashworth as Lucky Diamond

NOTE (8/27): This concert, which was previously scheduled for Comma Courtyard, has been moved to the Brewery Arts Center Performance Hall (511 W. King St.) due to smoky conditions.


Lucky Diamond and the Gents o’ Jive perform at the Brewery Arts Center’s Performance Hall on Sat., Aug. 28, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  The group is a ’20s and ’30s hot jazz band and has been performing since the grand opening of ht Silver Legacy Resort Casino in 1995.  The band has appeared for many private parties and corporate events in the Reno/Tahoe area, and for previous Jaa & Beyond festivals.  The band is lead by Mark Ashworth (Lucky Diamond) on drums, with Jef Derderian on trumpet, Joe Cadena on trombone, Dallas Smith on reeds, and Jimmy Vermilion on keyboards.

Tom Stryker’s Impromptu performs in the BAC Performance Hall – 8/27

Tom StrykerNOTE (8/25): This concert, which was originally scheduled for the Comma Courtyard, has been moved to the Brewery Arts Center Performance Hall (511 W. King St.) due to smoky conditions.


Jazz Harmonica player Tom Stryker’s Impromptu performs in the Brewery Arts Center Performance Hall on Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.

The group is Tom Stryker, chromatic harmonica; Jimmy Vermilion, keys & vocals; Marcy Benner, vocals; Rick Metz, saxophone; and Neil Strocchio, drums.  Also appearing is guest vocalist, June Joplin.

Greatly influenced by the likes of Toots Thielemans, Charlie Parker, Bill Evans and Dan Lancaster, Tom Stryker has performed both as a soloist and with various symphonies (including the Carson City Symphony), harmonica trios, and jazz bands and has appeared on television and radio shows. He has performed all over the world, from China to Hawaii to Frankfurt and from Miami to London. Also, in jazz clubs in Reno, Nevada, where he now resides. His performances on Holland America Cruise Lines, as the lead player for the Harmonica Aces, were a tremendous success. Additionally, Tom is the former two-term President of SPAH, the Society for the Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica.

Tom began his musical journey in San Francisco in 1954 under the guidance of former Borah Minevitch Rascal, Ray Tankersley. He later began playing professionally with world-famous Harmonica Rascal Johnny Puleo. He went on to appear at the World Harmonica Championships in the 1980s as the lead player with Harmonica Express, a quartet of players. Yet he was still searching for “something,” until he met a local jazz musician who introduced him to a jazz combo playing in the local nightclubs in San Jose, California. He was bitten by the “bug,” and a new musical journey began.

In Tom’s view, “the mastery of jazz on the chromatic harmonica is a labor of love as it is with any instrument. Jazz is the ultimate expression of musical freedom and individuality. And on what better instrument than the harmonica, everyone’s friend?”

The Jazzettes perform in the Brewery Arts Center Ballroom – 8/26

The Jazzettes in 2020NOTE (8/25): This concert, which was originally scheduled for the Comma Courtyard, has been moved to the Brewery Arts Center Ballroom (449 W. King St., second floor) due to smoky conditions.


The Jazzettes will perform in the Brewery Arts Center Ballroom on Thur., Aug. 26, 2021, from noon to 2:00 p.m.  (In the picture, you see them performing for Jazz & Beyond first live-streamed event, in 2020.*)

The Jazzettes are long-time friends Cami Thompson on percussion, Erika Paul on piano, and Julie Machado on bass – playing an eclectic mix of jazz, blues, standards, pop, rock, vintage classics, and comic delights. They all sing, often in 3-part harmony, and have a great deal of fun making and sharing music, and laughing! Between the three of them are about 150 years of music education and professional stage time, but they refuse to act their age! You can find their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/TheJazzettes.

*Watch their 2020 Jazz & Beyond performance HERE.

The Jazzettes

Jackie Landrum Band at Comma Courtyard – 8/20

Jackie Landrum rockin' away!

Jackie Landrum rockin’ away!

Jackie Landrum Band appears at Comma Courtyard on Friday, August. 20, 2021, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Jackie Landrum had her own 9-piece band at age 14 and has sung professionally ever since.  Her sublime performance ability and rich, sultry vocal tone thrill audiences everywhere.  Her CDs, released to rave reviews, are “Inside Out” and “Jackie Landrum: Jazz to Blues.”  The other band members are David Grantham, guitar; Ron Savage, keyboard, and Tony Savage, drums.

After you hear her band, go around the corner to McFadden Plaza and hear some more great music by The Bayberry Cast, performing at 7:30 p.m.

RYJO Alumni Band at Comma Courtyard – 8/19

Reno Youth Jazz Orchestra logoThe RYJO Alumni Band, under the direction of jazz violinist Graham Marshall, performs at Comma Courtyard on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021, from noon to 2:00 p.m.  The performers are alumni of the Reno Youth Jazz Orchestra.

Celebrating 15 years of Reno Youth Jazz Orchestra, the alumni combo is an honorary reunion of past RYJO big band members.  Led by Graham Marshall on violin, the combo also includes Kim Rubio on trombone, Chris Casaceli on sax, Vincenzo Pellegrino on keys, Dave Strawn on bass, and Zach Howard on drums.  Join us in the courtyard for an afternoon of exciting modern jazz!

The Reno Youth Jazz Orchestra  is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 2006. Its mission is to assemble, by audition, the top middle and high school jazz talent in the Reno-Sparks-Carson-Tahoe communities in order to provide opportunities for the performance, preservation, appreciation, and study of jazz.

Colleen Medina and her Trio – 8/14

Comma Coffee logoColleen Medina and her trio will be performing at Comma Coffee Courtyard from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  She will be joined by Peter Supersano on keyboard, Joe McKenna on bass, and Andy Heglund on drums.

This performance is brought to you by Mile High Jazz Band Assoc.