Apr 9th, 2014 - Apr 11th, 2014
1664 N. Virginia St.
Considered one of the best of its kind in the world, and lauded by the San Francisco Chronicle as “showcasing music’s future,” the Reno Jazz Festival has been hosting jazz superstars and the finest emerging young artists for over five decades.  Celebrating 52 years of jazz, 1962-2014, the Festival hosts three days of concerts, clinics and competitions on the University of Nevada, Reno campus. The festival also acts as an educational venue for some of the country’s most talented middle school, high school and college-age musicians, as thousands compete with their school bands, vocal groups and ensembles from around the Western states.  The three-day festival culminates in a showcase concert and awards ceremony to honor the best and brightest young standouts. Concerts: Three evenings of incredible jazz.  Trumpeter Avishai Cohen with The Collective Thursday, April 10, 2014 7:30 p.m. Nightingale Concert Hall Voted a Rising Star in the 2012 DownBeat Critics Poll, trumpeter Avishai Cohen has earned renown as a musician with an individual sound and a questing spirit, an ever-creative player-composer open to multiple strains of jazz and active internationally as a leader, co-leader and sideman.  Kneebody Friday, April 11, 2014 7:30 p.m. Lawlor Events Center Kneebody‘s sound is explosive rock energy paralleled with high-level nuanced chamber ensemble playing, with highly wrought compositions that are balanced with adventurous no-holds-barred improvising. Festival Showcase and Awards Ceremony Saturday, April 12, 2014 6:30 p.m. Lawlor Events Center The Festival Showcase will feature a performance by the winners of the Reno Jazz Festival All-Star Performers competition, and encore performances from some of the highest-rated groups and soloists in the festival. During the showcase performances, awards will be given in recognition of individuals and groups who place in the top five of each category (top eight for middle school bands). Tickets: Individual tickets are available (with a convenience fee), through the Lawlor Events Center Box Office or by calling 1-800-325-7328. Clinics: The Reno Jazz Festival has expanded its commitment to providing educational opportunities during the festival. Clinics will cover topics including instrumental and vocal performance, jazz arranging and improvisation.  Registration information can be found here.