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?”

Final event: Reno Jazz Orchestra w/ Tristan Selzler – 8/29

NOTE (8/25): This concert, which was previously scheduled for the Capital Amphitheater and later the outdoor stage at the Brewery Arts Center, has been moved to the Brewery Arts Center’s Performance Hall (511 W. King St.) due to smoky conditions.  The new time for this performance is “from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.,” not “from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.,” as previously scheduled.

Reno Jazz OrchestraThe Reno Jazz Orchestra reprises its traditional role of being the closing act of the Jazz & Beyond Festival.  We invite you to hear the group along with the multi-talented Tristan Selzler performing on guitar and vocal on Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021, at the Capital Amphitheater starting at 5:30 p.m.  Band members are: Saxes: Karl Busch, Dallas Smith, Jim Garaventa, Doug Coomler, and Mauro Di Gioia; Trumpets: John Beckman, Josh Dunlap, Julien Knowles, and Andrew Woodward; Trombones: Dean Carter, Rich Lewis, John Bennum, Cody Forcier, and Chuck Reider (Music Director); Guitar: Joey Berger; Piano: Bill Hecht; Bass: Hans Halt; and Drums: Andy Heglund.

The Reno Jazz Orchestra is a 17-piece contemporary big band based in Northern Nevada. The band was formed in 1997 by musicians who have performed with acts such as Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Elvis Presley, Natalie Cole, and Luciano Pavarotti and traveled the world with legendary performers.  Their mission is to build a greater appreciation of jazz in Northern Nevada by providing outstanding big band performances, promoting the artistry of Reno Jazz Orchestra musicians through a variety of ensembles, and supporting jazz education through a mentorship program in middle schools, high schools, and colleges. All combined, they contribute to the vibrancy, diversity, cultural vitality, and quality of their community’s artistic life.

Squeek Steele plays Music of the 1920s (lecture) – 8/26

Squeek SteeleOn Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021, pianist, entertainer, and Virginia City legend Squeek Steele will present a Nevada State Museum’s Frances Humphrey Lecture in the Brewery Arts Center Ballroom starting at 6:30 p.m.  The title of the lecture is “Music of the 1920s.”  She will use the piano to present music of the twenties. According to Ms. Steele, “While the program will focus on the upbeat music of the 1920s (Dixieland, Classic Jazz) we will examine the earlier types of music which led to the Jazz explosion of the Flapper Era: ragtime, blues, spirituals, and early jazz (originally spelled jass).”

To reserve a seat go to NSMConnect. In addition to being presented live, the event will also be live-streamed.  To view the presentation on Zoom fill out this form.

You can also access these features at the Nevada State Museum page HERE.

Whether it’s moving a piano, climbing a mountain or visiting (and making) friends in a foreign country, pianist Squeek Steele brings the love of music and her sense of humor with her.  She is no stranger to northern Nevada audiences. A regular performer at the Bucket of Blood Saloon in Virginia City (see calendar on her website at she continues to perform at various venues in the area.

Classically trained, she is noted for her Ragtime piano performances but is at home in all styles and genres of music. She holds a Guinness World Record for more pieces of music played from memory (1990 Guinness book, p. 18). She has released 14 albums available online and at her website. Squeek firmly believes music can save the world. After traveling the planet for the last 8 decades, she shows no sign of slowing down.

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.

Zack Teran Band at Change Companies Stage – 8/18

Jack Teran, bassistZack Teran Band, lead by highly talented bassist and composer Zack Teran, will be performing on Wed., Aug. 18, 2021, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on the Bob McFadden Plaza Stage Change Companies Stage.  The band includes,

Peter Epstein – sax  (Dave Strawn will substitute on guitar for Mr. Epstein.)
Josh Reed – trumpet
Adam Benjamin – keys
Miguel Jimenez-Cruz – drums
Zack Teran – bass

The event is free.  Zack’s website is at

Due to unhealthy air conditions on Aug. 18, this event is being held in the Brewery Arts Center Performance Hall, adjacent to the Changes Companies Stage.  Please wear a mask.  Also note that Dave Strawn (guitarist) will be subbing for Peter Epstein.

Due to construction on Curry Street through the end of the festival, this and other events have been moved from the McFadden Stage to the Change Companies Stage (Levitt Stage) at the Brewery Arts Center, 511 W. King St. Some seating is available, but we encourage you to bring your own seating (e.g., lawn chair) to this event.

CeCe Gable Dinner Show at Empire Ranch Golf Course – 8/17

CeCe Gable near a water hazardWe invite you to enjoy the sophisticated jazz styling of vocalist CeCe Gable in a Dinner Show at Mallard’s Restaurant at Empire Ranch Golf Course.  Her great back-up group includes Joe Cadena on trombone, Bill Hecht on keyboard, Kyle Rothschild on bass, and Tyler Cravines on drums.

Click HERE to order tickets through Square for Fiesta Dinner with entertainment by CeCe Gable Band. Price ($32 per person) includes tip and admin fee.

Update (8/16):  This event has been moved indoors at Mallard’s due to unhealthy air conditions.

CeCe Gable is a consummate jazz performer who has sung in clubs and venues throughout the US, Europe, and Japan. She has produced four CDs to critical acclaim and continues to offer concerts and clinics.

Originally, from Barberton, Ohio, she now lives in the Reno Tahoe area where she has been a featured Guest Artist with the Reno Jazz Orchestra, the Reno Philharmonic, the Reno Pops, and the Carson City Symphony.

CeCe is a published author, seasoned and passionate collaborative lyricist, composer, and publisher. Her repertoire spans genres and generations and she has presented a diverse repertoire – from Sondheim and Weil to Monk and Gershwin – and is best known for her interpretation of the American Songbook.

When CeCe is not performing for her fans, she directs a very active vocal arts studio and is available for coaching and private lessons.

Her website is at