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Kurt Elling to Headline Reno Jazz Orchestra’s Labor Day Shows

The famed vocalist will perform with the 17-piece big band on Aug. 30 and Aug. 31

Kurt Elling
Kurt Elling performing at Fred Taylor Scholarship benefit concert at Berklee Performance Center (photo: Kofi Poku)

Kurt Elling, the Grammy-award winning vocalist and composer, will headline the Reno Jazz Orchestra’s Labor Day Weekend Shows in Reno, Nevada on August 30 and Incline Village, Nevada, located on Lake Tahoe’s North Shore, on August 31.

The 17-piece Reno Jazz Orchestra will accompany Elling during the shows. Based in northern Nevada for more than 20 years, the Reno Jazz Orchestra includes musicians who have played alongside performers such as Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Elvis Presley, Natalie Cole, Luciano Pavarotti and more.   

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“His music and wit appeal to the full range of music lovers, from the novice jazz fan to the most jaded jazz hipster,” said Chuck Reider, music director for the Reno Jazz Orchestra. “Elling does not regularly perform with big bands so this will be a real treat for all to experience an electrifying performance with this virtuoso vocalist and compelling storyteller featured with our contemporary 17-piece big band.”

Elling has collaborated with jazz legends and classical orchestras; created multi-disciplinary theatrical works for the Steppenwolf Theatre and the City of Chicago; served as Artist-in-Residence for the Singapore and Monterey Jazz Festivals; and explored the connection between jazz and poetry, working with the words of Allen Ginsberg, Rainer Maria Rilke, Pablo Neruda and others.

The Reno show will be presented on August 30 at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts; tickets range from $37.50 – $47.50. On Saturday, August 31, the performance will be held at Sand Harbor Lake Tahoe State Park in Incline Village. Ticket prices range from $29 to $89. Both shows start at 7:30 p.m. For tickets and information, check or call the Reno Jazz Orchestra at 775-372-6160.