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Two Grammy nominees kick-off 51st Reno Jazz Festival
by Tribune Staff
Apr 17, 2013 | 2054 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO — 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 bringing jazz superstars and the finest emerging young artists to town for five decades. Celebrating 51 years of jazz, 1962-2013 (and counting down to 75 years and more), the Reno Jazz Festival hosts three days of concerts and events on the University of Nevada, Reno campus, April 25-27, including stellar Grammy nominees Dave Douglas and Matt Wilson's Arts & Crafts.

Joining the 2013 University of Nevada, Reno Jazz Festival in concert, trumpeter Dave Douglas kicks off the festival at 7:30 p.m. April 25 in Nightingale Concert Hall, performing with the University's faculty jazz quintet, The Collective. The prolific two-time Grammy-nominated trumpeter, composer and educator has been named Trumpet Player of the Year more than 20 times since 2000 by DownBeat and JazzTimes magazines and the Jazz Journalists Association. For more about Dave Douglas, visit www.greenleafmusic.com/davedouglas.

On April 26, Grammy-nominated percussionist Matt Wilson and his Arts & Crafts ensemble will stretch the "classic" jazz quartet instrumentation at 7:30 p.m. in Lawlor Events Center. Wilson is universally recognized for his musical and melodic drumming style as well as being a gifted composer, bandleader, producer and teaching artist. For more about Matt Wilson's Arts & Crafts, visit www.mattwilsonjazz.com.

The finest jazz educators and musicians on the planet travel to the University of Nevada, Reno each spring to perform and teach at the Reno Jazz Festival and this year is no exception. In addition to evening concerts by world-renowned guest artists, the Reno Jazz Festival also offers daytime competitions, workshops and clinics by scores of professional jazz artists and adjudicators for more than 9,000 young jazz musicians from throughout the West. The three-day festival culminates in a showcase concert and awards ceremony at 6:30 p.m. April 27 at Lawlor Events Center, to honor the best and brightest young standouts.

To purchase individual tickets in advance (with a convenience fee), visit the Reno Jazz Festival website at www.unr.edu/rjf or call 1-800-325-7378. Tickets may also be purchased in person (without a convenience fee) on the University of Nevada, Reno campus at the Lawlor Events Center box office, open weekdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. If the concert is not sold out, tickets may also be purchased at the door the evening of each performance.

For more information about the Reno Jazz Festival, call 784-4046 or visit www.unr.edu/rjf.
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