TWO GIANTS OF JAZZ ON STAGE IN TAHOE & RENO
Jazz enthusiast or not, you can't miss this one! Mark your calendar now and get your tickets to see the best of the best on stage with the 17-piece Reno Jazz Orchestra in August at the Lake or in Reno, Nevada.
The Reno Jazz Orchestra shares the stage with GRAMMY stars Diane Schuur and Ernie Watts for a cool and classy night of big brass and blues.
Known for her pitch-perfect execution, crystalline 3 ½ octave vocal range, and electric personality, Diane shares the stage with Ernie Watts, one of the world’s most versatile saxophonists. Enjoy this super-star evening as Diane redefines the ‘diva' category with her warm and humorous performance. Magnifying this magical night of music is Ernie Watts who toured with the Rolling Stones and is a legendary member of Buddy Rich’s Big Band.
This concert unites these two giants of jazz ~
A leading vocalist in contemporary jazz, Diane Schuur is as eclectic as she is brilliant.
Nicknamed "Deedles" as a child (her mother’s endearment), Tacoma-born Schuur grew
up steeped in traditional American jazz, courtesy of her parents’ formidable record
collection with ample LPs by Duke Ellington and Dinah Washington.
Dinah Washington is often listed as Schuur's major vocal influence. She learned the
iconic singer's "What a Difference a Day Makes" while still a toddler and began
developing her own rich, resonant vocal style. Jazziz Magazine describes her approach
as one that encompasses her whole lifetime of singing: “Schuur’s vocal chops move
from little-girl innocence to bawdy-mama blues in a hair’s breadth, but always at the
service of the song.”
Schuur is also an accomplished pianist, accompanying herself
onstage, whether leading her own small group, with big band or symphony orchestra.
Two-time Grammy Award winner Ernie Watts is one of the most versatile and prolific saxophone players in music. It has been more than fifty years since he first picked up a saxophone, and from age sixteen on he has been playing professionally, initially while still attending school. Watts has been featured on over 500 recordings by artists ranging from Cannonball Adderley to Frank Zappa, always exhibiting his unforgettable trademark sound. In 2014, Watts received the prestigious Frankfurt Music Prize given by the city of Frankfurt, Germany. It is presented to both classical and non-classical musicians.
Watts' eclectic mix of career activities has included work with vocalist Kurt Elling in a tribute to Johnny Hartman and John Coltrane, Dedicated To You, which won Elling his first Grammy Award, and concerts with the WDR Big Band Cologne in Germany, the Croatian Radio Television Jazz Orchestra in Zagreb and the National Radio Band of Slovenia, which played two of his compositions arranged for Watts by the celebrated Michael Abene. He has performed in Jazz at the Kennedy Center, in Australia with Billy Cobham and orchestra, and in 2016 with the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra in Los Angeles.
Visit the Reno Jazz Orchestra's website for all the details.