Reno Jazz Orchestra Presents: “New Directions”
The Reno Jazz Orchestra’s “New Directions” project is a look into the future of jazz orchestras. How will they look and sound in the near future? Directed by composer/trumpeter Julien Knowles, the sixteen-piece ensemble consists of musicians of all ages and musical backgrounds, with diverse musical careers that span jazz, pop, classical, and more. Knowles reflects this in his writing, as the ensemble plays a repertoire of the past, present, and future: Billy Joel, Lyle Mays, Sufjan Stevens, and Knowles himself, to name a few. Members of the ensemble include GRAMMY Nominated Pianist Adam Benjamin (Fender Rhodes) and ECM Recording Artist Peter Epstein (Saxophones), both jazz faculty at the University of Nevada, Reno.
Doors open at 7 pm with cash bar.
This program is presented as part of UPSTAGE: A Literary and Performing Art Series supported by the Nightingale Family Foundation and the Williams Foundation.