Reno Jazz Festival brings local, national talent to UNR
Lauded by the San Francisco Chronicle as “showcasing music’s future,” the Reno Jazz Festival at the University of Nevada brings jazz stars and emerging young artists to town April 28-30 for concerts, competitions and clinics.
Headliner concerts feature acclaimed guitarist Lage Lund and Grammy Award-winning group Snarky Puppy.
Lund opens the Festival with a performance with The Collective, the University’s faculty jazz ensemble. The concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28 in the Nightingale Concert Hall. The Norwegian-born guitarist brings a “casually magnetic” presence to the stage, “channeling reticence into a whisper-quiet mystique,” said the The New York Times. He won the top prize at the 2005 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition.
Snarky Puppy is the headliner for a concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 29 at Lawlor Events Center. The group is known for fusing musical tradition with conceptual innovation.
The group won a Grammy Award in 2014 for "Family Dinner, Volume 1" and one in 2015 for "Sylva," a collaboration with Metropole Orkest, a jazz/pop orchestra. The ensemble is committed to music education and community outreach. Members work with Roots of American Music in Cleveland and the Music Lab at Jefferson Center in Roanoke, Va., as well as giving clinics at hundreds of colleges, high schools and middle schools worldwide.
The Jazz Festival Showcase and Awards Ceremony takes place at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30 at Lawlor Events Center. It will feature a performance by the winners of the RJF All-Star Performers competition and encore performances from some of the highest-rated groups and soloists in the festival. Awards will be given to individuals and groups who place in the top spots in each category.
Lage Lund with The Collective - April 28
General $22/ Senior $17/ Student $12
Snarky Puppy - April 29
General $28/ Senior $24/ Student $18/ UNR Student $5
Festival Showcase and Awards Ceremony - April 30
General $18/ Senior $15/ Student $11/UNR Student $5