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Reno Jazz Festival


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Since 1962, the Reno Jazz Festival is proud to have hosted jazz students, instructors, performers and fans to the University of Nevada, Reno to play, listen and learn. The three-day festival provides a forum for students to perform for judges and peers and to learn from jazz masters in clinics, workshops and concerts. Recognized as one of the best of its kind, the Reno Jazz Festival has been lauded by The San Francisco Chronicle as, "showcasing music's future."

In 2022 we will celebrate the Festival's 60th year presenting an incredible range of jazz artists on the University of Nevada, Reno campus. The Festival offers public performances by world-renowned musicians from across North America, Australia, Asia and Europe. Our guest artists represent some of the most creative and celebrated musicians in jazz history: Art Blakey, Ray Brown, Roy Haynes, Lee Konitz, Michael Brecker, Jon Hendricks, Dave Holland, Bobby Hutcherson, Charlie Haden, Maria Schneider, Ravi Coltrane and the list goes on and on.

With more than 300 school groups, up to, 9,000 participants and 60 clinicians, performers and adjudicators, we continue to strive to ensure that every guest participant leaves with greater knowledge, appreciation and love of music and the world of jazz. It is truly the student participants who make the Festival a vibrant epicenter of jazz each April.

Recent News

57th Annual Reno Jazz Festival

Greetings and welcome to the 57th annual Reno Jazz Festival. As always, we will also be presenting many workshops with some of the finest clinicians and performers in the country. With more than 300 school groups, up to 10,000 participants, and 60…

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Reno Jazz Festival 2018

Schedule of Events April 26, 2018 7:30PM - Opening Concert The Collective + Peter Apfelbaum The Collective - The University Of Nevada, Reno's Faculty Jazz Ensemble - Takes The Stage With Multi-Instrumentalist And Composer, Peter Apfelbaum Cost:…

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Reno Jazz Festival 2017

Schedule: April 27, 2017 7:30 p.m: Don Byron with The Collective The opening concert will feature renowned jazz artist Don Byron who will join the University of Nevada, Reno’s faculty combo, The Collective. Location: Nightingale Concert Hall …

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Reno Jazz Festival 2016

Schedule April 28, 2016 7:30 p.m. - Lage Lund with The Collective at Nightingale Concert Hall Lage Lund is acclaimed not only as one of the finest guitarists of his generation, but also as one of the most compelling current jazz artists in the…

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Reno Jazz Festival 2015

53rd Annual Reno Jazz Festival Schedule April 23, 2015 7:30 p.m. : Donny McCaslin with The Collective at Nightingale Concert Hall Acclaimed saxophonist and Grammy nominee Donny McCaslin grew up in Santa Cruz, Calif., inspired by his…

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Reno Jazz Festival 2014

52nd annual Reno Jazz Festival This year will be no different as we present some of the top names in jazz. As usual, we will also be presenting many workshops with some of the finest clinicians and performers in the country. Our adjudicators and…

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