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Reno Little Theater and
For the Love of Jazz
Snotty Pippen

Friday, March 18, 2018

7:00 PM
Reno Little Theater
147 E. Pueblo St.
Reno, NV
Pay What You Can - Proceeds benefit RTL and For the Love Of Jazz

“Snotty Pippen” is a project of original modern jazz compositions by Bryan McAllister, featuring densely orchestrated contrapuntal writing juxtaposed with minimalist grooves and textures.

The band:
Levi Saelua – Alto Saxophone
Brandon Sherman – Trumpet
Bryan McAllister – Piano
Zack Teran – Bass
Miguel Jimenez-Cruz – Drums

Levi Saelua was born in San Francisco, CA. He began his musical studies at age 6 with the Sacramento Taiko Dan under the direction of Tiffany Tamaribuchi. At age 9, he began studying the saxophone and, five years later, arranged his first piece for jazz combo while attending Rio Americano High School. Upon graduating from Rio’s prestigious jazz program, Levi furthered his music education at the Eastman School of Music, studying saxophone with Chien-Kwan Lin, Jose Encarnacion, and Charles Pillow, and jazz composition with Bill Dobbins and Dave Rivello. As a student at Eastman, Levi had the opportunity to work with artists such as Bob Brookmeyer, Maria Schneider, Bill Holman, Dennis Mackrel, Ryan Truesdell, Byron Stripling, Jeff Beal, and many others. Levi has performed in theaters and concert halls all over North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. He currently resides in Sacramento, CA.

Brandon Sherman, a native of Southern California, has been performing music for 20 years starting with violin and piano at age 4 and moving on to trumpet, French horn, and trombone in later years. He started at age 10 focusing on his main instrument, trumpet, and began studying privately with such names as Bobby Shew, Leslie Drayton, John Fumo, Howie Shear, New York Trumpeter Ralph Alessi, and other New York names like Brad Shepik, John Hollenbeck, Jason Moran, Ben Wendel, Shane Endsley and Jim Black. Throughout his high school years he played professionally on trumpet and French horn in the Los Angeles and Ventura County areas with the Los Angeles Jazz Society, The Lane 29 Jazz Orchestra, The Glenn Miller Youth Orchestra, the Mike Stanley Wind Ensemble and many other groups. In 2002, Brandon moved to Reno, Nevada where he made a name for himself as a freelance musician, leader and sideman in a variety of jazz and improvisational music ensembles. While in Reno, he earned a Bachelor of Music Degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Nevada studying under Dr. Larry Engstrom, Dr. David Ake, and Peter Epstein. While at the University, Brandon developed a love for composition and began writing and arranging music constantly for Brass Quintet, Jazz Small Ensemble and Jazz Big Bands. In 2007, Brandon moved back to Los Angeles to pursue a Master of Fine Arts degree in Jazz Studies from the California Institute of the Arts (graduated May 2009). While living in Los Angeles he has maintained a healthy performance and recording schedule. His compositions have been featured in venues all over LA, including being recorded at the Dizzy Gillespie Recording Studio in Valencia, CA and in the famed Capitol Records Studios in Hollywood. In 2010, Brandon was a recipient of the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer’s Award. Though he currently resides in New York City, he still sustains a strong musical career in Los Angeles.

Bryan McAllister is a musician, composer, and bandleader from Rocky Mount, NC. During his time earning a bachelor’s degree in jazz studies at California State University Northridge, Bryan was active in the Los Angeles jazz and creative music scene. After completing his masters degree in jazz and improvisation, Bryan joined the faculty at UNR and has continued to perform throughout the country as a member of indie rock group The Tragic Thrills, as well as many jazz and improvisation groups.

Bassist, composer, producer, and instructor Zachary Teran lives in the Reno/Tahoe area, where he graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2010 with a Bachelor’s of Music in Jazz and Improvisational Music. While in the Northern Nevada area he had the opportunity to study and play with the likes of Peter Epstein, David Ake, Hans Halt, Drew Gress, Ben Wendel, Esperanza Spalding, Ben Street, along with other notable jazz figures. After graduating, he moved to Boulder, Colorado where he quickly became a contributing force in the local jazz community. During his time in Colorado, Zack was fortunate enough to be able to play with Art Lande, whom he could eventually call a friend and mentor.

His career as a touring bassist has yet to slow down since 2006. Some of the more notable groups Teran has toured, recorded, and played with include: The Novelists, AZTeC, Chris Clark Quintet, Sol Jibe, Nico’s Mystery, Fiscus, and The Reno Jazz Syndicate. With these groups, Zachary Teran has had the opportunity to travel the world, extensively so in the United States.

Along with his career as a performer, Teran’s career as a composer has gained momentum as well. He wrote, performed, and produced the score for a feature length documentary, Inspire Hope, in 2016.

Miguel Jimenez-Cruz, a native of San Juan, Puerto Rico has played the drums proffesionally since the age of 15 and is known for his versatility in many musical styles. He is a product of the Las Vegas Academy school of the performing arts and the University of Nevada, Reno.

Currently Miguel is touring with The Novelists, Zack Teran group and performing with Moondog Matinee. Only in his early 20’s Miguel is one of the most highly demanded drummers in the northern Nevada, California area.


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Music Event

Dirk K Jazz Guitar Trio
with Hans Halt and Miguel Jimenez

Friday, March 30, 2018

7:30 PM
Laughing Planet
941 Virginia St.
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, NV
General Admission $10 Suggested Donation

Dirk K

Dirk K, originally from Germany, studied at the Musikhochschule Koeln. He refined his studies at GIT/ Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California and at Berklee School of Music in Boston, MA.

He is an accomplished guitarist, whose carrier begun in the early 1990s. Releasing 14 CD's as a Recording Artist on Sony, Bellaphon, Fuzzy Music and on his own independent label DIP Records.

In addition, Dirk K released 8 CD's with band projects and produced and recorded over 30 CD's for other artists. He is presenting his unique guitar style blending Jazz, Flamenco and Brazilian music.

Dirk K performed and recorded with renowned artists such as Randy Brecker, Peter Erskine, Toots Thielemans, Dave Weckl, Brandon Fields, Alan Pasqua, Marc Johnson, Terri Lyne Carrington, Gary Meek, Rick Braun and many more.

Touring the USA and Europe several times with his band featuring trumpeter Randy Brecker and saxophonist Andy Middleton and pianist Alan Pasqua. In addition he also toured with Das Ueberschall, Quartet Equinox, Joe McBride Band, appearing at Schmidteinander, a show hosted by Harald Schmidt in Germany.
In 1998 Dirk K received his Greencard for extraordinary abilities in the field of music in order to perform and reside in the USA.

Visit the official Dirk K Website.

Music Event

Reno Jazz Festival 2018
April 26, 27, 28, 2018
7:30 PM
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, NV
Admission: Fees Vary

The 2018 Reno Jazz Festival promises to once again bring together some of the finest jazz students, educators, and professional musicians in the United States. Since its first year in 1962 (featuring five school groups), the Festival has grown considerably in size and stature, becoming one of the largest and finest events of its kind in the world. With more than 350 school groups, 9,000 participants, 50 clinicians, performers, and adjudicators participating annually, we strive to ensure that every guest participant leaves with greater knowledge, understanding, appreciation and love of music.

This year, Peter Epstein serves as Director of the Festival and Adam Benjamin assists as Associate Director.

Read the Festival Guidelines and Register for this great event.

April 26, 7:30 PM - Opening Concert
7:30 PM
Nightingale Concert Hall


The Collective, The University of Nevada, Reno's faculty jazz ensemble takes the stage with multi-instrumentalist and composer, Peter Apfelbaum.

Visit the official Peter Apfelbaum Website.

April 27, 7:30 PM - Headliner Concert
7:30 PM
Lawler Events Center


Dafnis Prieto is a cuban-American drummer, whose revolutionary techniques and compositions have had a powerful impact on the Latin and Jazz music scenes, nationally and internationally.

Visit the official Dafnis Prieto Website.

More Festival Events

Other Festival events include daytime concerts, clinics, workshops, competitions, jam sessions and more.

Visit the official Reno Jazz Festival Website.

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The Frank Perry Jazz Combo
Thursdays at 3rd Street Bar

8:00 PM
3rd Street Bar
125 W. 3rd Street
Reno, NV
Free - No Cover

Frank Perry brings his Jazz combo to the stage at 3rd Street bar in Reno.

The 3rd Street Bar is one of Reno's favorite downtown venues, becoming known for great live music and comedy.

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Jazz Jam Session Wednesdays
UNR Jazz & Improvisational Music Students

Wednesdays, 2018
7:30 PM
Laughing Planet Cafe
941 N. Virginia Street
Reno, NV
(Next to Campus) 
Free - No Cover

Join fellow earthlings for good food, good company, and good music on Wednesday nights this year at Laughing Planet Cafe. Jazz students from the University of Nevada, Reno's Jazz and Improvisational Music Program will perform.

Laughing Planet Cafe is located next to the UNR Campus. There is no cover.

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Jazz Thursdays
Tristan Selzler and
The Reno Jazz Syndicate

8:30 PM - 12:00 AM
188 California Ave.
Reno, NV 89509
Sit-ins Welcome

Loving Cup Jazz Thursdays has been running uninterrupted for well over two years now. The house group is formed with a revolving cast of Reno's best musicians including Zack Teran, Mike Mayhall, Miguel Jimenez, Rufus Haereiti, Brandon Sherman, Tristan Selzler, and more. Read more about Tristan Selzler and the RJS.

Call (775) 322-2480

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Mile High Jazz Band Performs
Second Tuesday Big-Band Jazz Night

Every Second Tuesday
7:30 pm (Open Late)
$5 General Admission

Comma Coffee
312 S. Carson Street
Carson City, NV


(775) 883-2662 (Call to make sure!)

The Mile High Jazz Band, an 18-member "big band" composed of 17 instrumentalists and a vocalist, began performing in 1997. The group features music in the Count Basie-Duke Ellington-Woody Herman tradition, as well as more contemporary styles, selected from a repertoire of over 200 tunes. They play ballads, high-powered jazz tunes, and dance music arranged by Nestico, Niehaus, Taylor, and other great arrangers.

Most Mile High Jazz Band Comma Coffee gigs are on the second Tuesday of each month from 7:30 to 9:00 or 9:30 p.m.

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Located between West & Sierra in downtown Reno, open Tuesday through Sunday at 5 PM.

Located at 445 California Ave in the incredibly hip Midtown section of Reno. There's all kinds of music here.

CALL (775) 657-8484 FOR DETAILS


Located at 160 W. Liberty Street in Reno, NV, listen to jazz on the 3rd Sunday of each month from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM.

CALL (775) 284-2921 FOR DETAILS