Oliver Nelson (June 4, 1932 – October 28, 1975) was an American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, arranger, composer, and bandleader and is considered to be one of the great jazz musicians of the 1960s and early 1970s. Between 1959 and 1975, Nelson produced over thirty albums in addition to twenty-five film and television scores. Probably his most famous and praised album is The Blues and the Abstract Truth, published in 1961, featuring Nelson with Eric Dolphy, Roy Haynes and Freddie Hubbard. His discography also includes several big-band jazz albums.
The Collective, one of the most creative and distinctive jazz ensembles in the northwestern United States, features pianist Adam Benjamin, bassist Hans Halt, drummer Andrew Heglund, saxophonist Peter Epstein, and trumpeter Josh Reed. All the group’s members are dedicated instructors and form the core of the Jazz Studies program at the University of Nevada, Reno.
The Reno Jazz Orchestra has been based in Northern Nevada for over 20 years and includes musicians who have performed and traveled the world with acts such as Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Elvis Presley, Natalie Cole, Luciano Pavarotti, and other legendary performers.
Healing Healthcare Systems, Inc., Chase International, EL Cord Foundation, Nevada Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works, City of Reno, Thunder Vick & Co., Montreux, Mishe Creative, Horse Power Strategies, and the RJO Circle of Friends and Fans support this event.
This performance is part of the RJO's annual educational program, Jazz in the Schools, held in February at the University of Nevada, Reno. If you have questions, please call 775-372-6160.