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The Mile High Jazz Band Association formed in 2001 as a nonprofit corporation to support the MHJB and its subgroup, the Millennium Bugs (jazz combo), promote live jazz performance in northern Nevada, educate the public about jazz, and enrich the cultural life of the community. Member benefits include mailings, discounts on admissions, and invitations to special events, plus the satisfaction of helping big-band jazz to thrive!

To book the Mile High Jazz Band (big band) or Millennium Bugs (jazz combo), call 775-883-4154.

Past Performances


MHJB has been performing since 2000 or so. Here is where you can find information on past performances.
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Past performances in 2019, 2020, and 2021


Mile High Jazz Band Performs "Cool Jazz in January" at Living the Good Life
Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019

Photograph of MHJB at Living the Good Life

The Mile High Jazz Band performs "Cool Jazz in January" at Living the Good Life, 1480 N. Carson Street, Carson City, on Tuesday, January. 15, 2019, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Note that in a break from tradition, this concert will be on the THIRD TUESDAY of the month, rather than the usual second Tuesday of the month. Admission is free, and donations are greatly appreciated.



Mile High Jazz Band Performs "Jazz Sampler For Sweethearts"
at Living the Good Life
Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Photograph of Jakki Ford, vocalist with MHJB

Treat your Valentine to A Jazz Sampler for Sweethearts, an evening of sweet and hot big-band music by the Mile High Jazz Band with singer Jakki Ford at Living the Good Life Bistro, 1480 N. Carson Street, in Carson City on Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is free, donations welcome.

Jazz Sampler for Sweethearts features the 17-member band playing jazzy versions of favorite love songs for Valentine's Day, and other swinging, big-band selections. Highlights of the evening include "The Way You Look Tonight," "Prelude to a Kiss," and "It Could Happen to You." The performance is funded, in part, by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information about the Mile High Jazz Band, call 775-883-4154 or see milehighjazz.com.

Photo: Vocalist Jakki Ford will be featured with Mile High Jazz Band on February 12 at Living the Good Life.



David & Friends perform for Wine Walk
Saturday, March 2, 2019

Photograph of DBA logo

David & Friends, a jazz combo led by David Bugli, will perform for the Wine Walk on Saturday, March 2, 2019, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Nevada Artists Association Gallery (inside the main Brewery Arts Center building, 449 W. King St., Carson City).

Join Carson City Downtown Business Association businesses for one of the most fun social events held in Downtown Carson City. On the first Saturday of every month, participants can stroll to over 35 locations pouring wine, providing entertainment, and offering special deals for wine walkers. At the end of every wine walk, at 5:00 p.m. sharp, there is a raffle in Alatte Wine and Coffee Bar at the Carson Nugget with many prizes donated by the downtown businesses. Raffle tickets are provided with your paid entry into the wine walk. Did you have a great experience at one of the locations? Don't forget to cast your ballot, also provided, for your favorite wine walk stop.

Purchase your tickets at The Carson Nugget, Carson Jewelry & Loan, Touched By Angels, Purple Avocado, Cactus Jacks Casino, The Brewery Arts Center, or Comma Coffee for $15 without an official wine walk glass or $10 with the official wine walk glass.



Mile High Jazz Band Performs at Comma Coffee
Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Comma Coffee logo

The Mile High Jazz Band performs a "Jazz & Poetry" event at CommaCoffee.com on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The theme for this event is "Hang Ups." The band will be joined on vocals by Jakki Ford. The poetry readers are Rita Geil (our official Poet Wrangler), Krista Lukas, Susan Sara Priest, Timothy Rhodes, and Amy Roby.

Admission is $5 general and free for age 18 and under.



Sixteenth Annual Jazz Extravaganza
Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Logo for Jazz Extravaganza 2019

It's "big-band jazz times three" when the Mile High Jazz Band, Carson High Jazz Band, and Carson Middle School Jazz Band present the 16th annual combined Jazz Extravaganza concert, on Tuesday, March 19, at 7:00 p.m., in the Bob Boldrick Theater at the Carson City Community Center, 851 E. William Street, Carson City. The Extravaganza is sponsored by the Mile High Jazz Band Association and the Carson City Band Association as a benefit for Carson City school instrumental music programs.

Tickets prices are $10 general admission and free for youth age 18 and under. Tickets can be purchased in advance from Carson High and Carson Middle School music students, at the Nevada Day Office (716 N. Carson Street), online at MileHighJazz.com, or at the door. In addition to tickets, ads in the concert program are available, beginning at $30 for 1/8 page. For information, call the Mile High Jazz Band at 775-883-4154.

This year, the Extravaganza will feature three big bands, vocalist Jakki Ford, and an intergenerational combo performance. The traditional grand finale, combining the forces of all the musicians, will be “A Little Blues, Please,” by Sammy Nestico. Refreshments and raffle prizes will be on sale in the lobby.

"We're so happy to perform with the high school and middle school jazz bands again," said David Bugli, Mile High Jazz Band leader and pianist. "These award-winning student ensembles are impressive and deserve community support."

The Carson High Jazz Band, directed by Bill Zabelsky, and the Carson Middle School Jazz Band, directed by Nick Jacques, attend and compete at jazz festivals each year and perform at community events throughout Carson City. The bands are zero-hour classes designed to teach students about jazz - the music that began in America and spread throughout the world.

The Mile High Jazz Band, a professional big-band, plays regularly in northern Nevada, including monthly performances and quarterly Jazz and Poetry events in Carson City. They present the annual Jazz & Beyond: Carson City Music Festival each August.

This concert is funded in part by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council. For more information, call Mile High Jazz Band at 775-883-4154 or see MileHighjazz.com.



Mile High Jazz Band Performs at Living the Good Life
Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Photograph of Cindee LeVal singing with MHJB

The Mile High Jazz Band performs at Living the Good Life, 1480 N. Carson Street, Carson City, on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is free, and donations are greatly appreciated.

Due to some last-minute changes in plans, the band will feature singer Cindee LeVal. She sang with the band on a regular basis until mid-2017. Cindee comes from a musical family. Both of her parents were professional musicians (trumpet players). She played flute from elementary school through college at Cal State Hayward, earning top honors in competitions, and sang in a musical variety group in High School where she met her husband Scott. Cindee has enjoyed singing both in church and with local jazz bands and combos. We thank her for joining us on such short



Mile High Jazz Band Performs at Living the Good Life
Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Photograph of MHJB drummer Neil Strocchio

The Mile High Jazz Band will perform an all-instrumental program highlighting the talents of several soloists from the band at Living the Good Life Bistro, 1480 N. Carson Street, in Carson City on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is free, donations welcome. Dinner and late night menus are available.

The band will play big-band favorites, including "Love for Sale," "Gorilla Man Blues," and "Count Bubba," plus tunes recently added to the band's repertoire, including an arrangement of "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" and Duke Ellington and Johnny Hodges' classic, "Jeep's Blues." Featured soloists include Bill Melendres and Joi Cerveri on trumpet, Derek Fong and Jacob Richetta on tenor sax, Rich Davis on alto sax, Liz Eubanks on bari sax, and Don Smaltz on trombone.

The performance is funded, in part, by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information about the Mile High Jazz Band, call 775-883-4154 or see milehighjazz.com.

Photo: Mile High Jazz band drummer Neil Strocchio will perform with the band at Living the Good Life on Tuesday, May 14.



Mile High Jazz Band Performs Jazz & Poetry at Comma Coffee
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Jazz & Poetry logo

The Mile High Jazz Band performs Jazz & Poetry at CommaCoffee.com on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The theme for the evening is "Hindsight."

Admission is $5 general and free for age 18 and under. The performance is funded, in part, by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information about the Mile High Jazz Band, call 775-883-4154 or see milehighjazz.com.



Summer 2019 Music Camps
June 11-14 and June 18-21, 2019

Photograph of Jazz Camp in June 2017

The Mile High Jazz Band and the Capital City Community Band will jointly sponsor this summer's Music Camps at Carson Middle School, June 11-14 and June 18-21, 2019.

The Jazz Ensemble Camp (8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. each day) will be put on by the Mile High Jazz Band for students entering grades 6 through 9. Students will learn swing, rock, and Latin styles, as well as an introduction to improvised solos. No previous jazz band experience is necessary.

The Pops Concert Band (10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. each day) will be put on by the Capital City Community Band for students entering grades 6 through 9. Students will learn fun movie themes, marches, and pops songs. This camp is open to anyone who has been a member of their school's band program.

Both ensembles will be featured on a showcase concert on the Minnesota Street Stage on Sunday, June 23, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. The cost is $50 for one ensemble, or $90 for both. For registration information, contact Nick Jacques at Carson Middle School.



MHJB Performs on Four-band Showcase Concert
Sunday, June 23, 2019

Four rubber bands.

The Mile High Jazz Band will perform on a free band showcase concert on Sunday, June 23, 2019, on the Minnesota Street Stage (BAC Levitt Series stage) at the Brewery Arts Center. The event starts at 5:00 p.m., and MHJB's set will start about 6:30 p.m. MHJB is under the direction of pianist David Bugli.

Prior to the MHJB's performance, the Summer Pops Band, the Capital City Community Band, and the Summer Jazz Camp Band, will perform on the same stage. Those three groups are under the direction of Nick Jacques, band instructor at Carson Middle School.



David & Friends perform for Wine Walk
Saturday, July 6, 2019

Photograph of DBA logo

David & Friends, a jazz combo led by David Bugli, will perform for the Wine Walk on Saturday, July 6, 2019, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Nevada Artists Association Gallery (inside the main Brewery Arts Center building, 449 W. King St., Carson City). Joining keyboardist David Bugli on this outing are Bill Melendres (trumpet), Don Smaltz (trombone), Mario Ibanez (trombone), George Worth (bass), and Clay Cooper (drums).

Join Carson City Downtown Business Association businesses for one of the most fun social events held in Downtown Carson City. On the first Saturday of every month, participants can stroll to over 35 locations pouring wine, providing entertainment, and offering special deals for wine walkers. At the end of every wine walk, at 5:00 p.m. sharp, there is a raffle in Alatte Wine and Coffee Bar at the Carson Nugget with many prizes donated by the downtown businesses. Raffle tickets are provided with your paid entry into the wine walk. Did you have a great experience at one of the locations? Don't forget to cast your ballot, also provided, for your favorite wine walk stop.

Purchase your tickets at The Carson Nugget, Carson Jewelry & Loan, Touched By Angels, Purple Avocado, Cactus Jacks Casino, The Brewery Arts Center, or Comma Coffee for $15 without an official wine walk glass or $10 with the official wine walk glass.



Mile High Jazz Band Performs at Living the Good Life
Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Photograph of MHJB at Living the Good Life

The Mile High Jazz Band performs at Living the Good Life, 1480 N. Carson Street, Carson City, on Tuesday, July 9, 2019, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Singer Jakki Ford will be featured in several selections, including "Busy Woman Blues," "Almost Like Being in Love," and "Summertime." The band will perform a number of tunes including "Shiny Stockings," "Whodunnit?," and "Sister Sadie."

Admission is free, and donations are greatly appreciated.



MHJB Association Annual Meeting
Sunday, July 14, 2019

Image of a gavel

The Mile High Jazz Band Assoc. Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, July 14, 2019, at 4:30 p.m. at 191 Heidi Circle, Carson City. The meeting will be followed by a potluck dinner. This will be an opportunity to elect trustees for the Board, review accomplishments of the previous year, and review plans for the up-coming fiscal year (July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020).

Please RSVP to DCBugli@aol.com or call 775-883-4154. The Board will provide a main dish and beverages. Guests/members are requested to bring a side dish.



Jazz & Beyond Carson City Music Festival
August 9-25, 2019

Jazz & Beyond logo with notes

The 2019 Jazz & Beyond Carson City Music festival will be from Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, through Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019.

Schedule is posted at http://JazzCarsonCity.com.

Listen to our cool PSA by clicking HERE.



Millennium Bugs play for 2019 Dangberg Summer Festival
Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019

Photograph of xxx

The Millennium Bugs will be featured on the 2019 Dangberg Summer Festival on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Dangberg Home Historic Park, 1450 Hwy 88, Minden, NV. Information about the festival can be found at www.dangberghomeranch.org/events. Information about the Millennium Bugs can be found at milehighjazz.com/MillenniumBugs.htm.

The Millennium Bugs, a jazz combo associated with the Mile High Jazz Band, have been playing a great variety of jazz styles since the late 1990s. They performed for the Carson City Preservation Coalition/Historical Society, Olympic Torch Relay Ceremony in Carson City, Carson City Music Club, Westview block party, Camel Race Day in Virginia City, Carson Nugget showroom, Carson-Tahoe Hospital Foundation, Carson High Prom, BAC Beer Tasting, weddings, receptions, and parties. Although some of the personnel has changed over the years, the group is still inspired to play songs from the "Great American Songbook," inspired by the tradition of spontaneous improvisation. The members are Rocky Tatarelli, tenor sax; Wayne Theriault, trumpet; Don Smaltz, trombone; David Bugli, piano and trombone; George Worth, bass; and Clay Cooper, drums.

Please bring your own seating. No dogs allowed at events; legitimate service animals only. All events at the Dangberg Home Historic Park are free to attend unless otherwise noted, and all are free for youth 16 and younger.



Millennium Bugs Play for Ice Cream Social
Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019

Illustration of ice cream

The Millennium Bugs will play for the Carson City Historical Society's Ice Cream Social on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2019, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Foreman-Roberts House in Carson City. The group has played for the Ice Cream Social each August for several years. Come on out and enjoy some free music, and learn a little bit about the Carson City Historical Society, which will be celebrating its 50th anniversary this September. There is a cost for the ice cream.

This event is part of the Jazz & Beyond Music and Art Festival.

The website for the Carson City Historical Society is http://cchistorical.org.



Mile High Jazz Band to Celebrate Count Basie's 115th Birthday
Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Photograph of Count Basie

The Jazz & Beyond Festival all came about because the Mile High Jazz Band wanted to celebrate the 100th anniversary in 2004 of the birth of band leader and jazz pianist Count Basie. MHJB will be celebrating his birthday a day early (he was born on Aug. 21, 1904) with a free concert at 7:30 p.m. on the McFadden Stage, located between 2nd and 4th Streets, off of Carson St. Bring a lawn chair or enjoy some of the limited seating in the McFadden Plaza.

This event is part of the Jazz & Beyond Music and Art Festival.



David & Friends perform for Wine Walk
Saturday, September 7, 2019

Downtown Business Assoc. 2019 logo

David & Friends, a jazz combo led by David Bugli, will perform for the Wine Walk on Saturday, September 7, 2019, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Nevada Artists Association Gallery (inside the main Brewery Arts Center building, 449 W. King St., Carson City).

Join Carson City Downtown Business Association businesses for one of the most fun social events held in Downtown Carson City. On the first Saturday of every month, participants can stroll to over 35 locations pouring wine, providing entertainment, and offering special deals for wine walkers. At the end of every wine walk, at 5:00 p.m. sharp, there is a raffle in Alatte Wine and Coffee Bar at the Carson Nugget with many prizes donated by the downtown businesses. Raffle tickets are provided with your paid entry into the wine walk. Did you have a great experience at one of the locations? Don't forget to cast your ballot, also provided, for your favorite wine walk stop.

Purchase your tickets at The Carson Nugget, Carson Jewelry & Loan, Touched By Angels, Purple Avocado, Cactus Jacks Casino, The Brewery Arts Center, or Comma Coffee for $15 without an official wine walk glass or $10 with the official wine walk glass.



Mile High Jazz Band Performs
"Jazz & Poetry: Out of the Blue"
at Comma Coffee
Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019

Jazz & Poetry logo

The Mile High Jazz Band performs "Jazz & Poetry: Out of the Blue" at CommaCoffee.com on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Poems have been selected and will be read by poets Rita Geil (MHJB's Poet Wrangler), Krista Lukas, Timothy Rhodes, and Amy Roby. Be ready for some entertaining readings and musical pairings. If the weather cooperates, we will perform in Comma Courtyard, just next door to Comma Coffee.

Admission is $5 general and free for age 18 and under.



Millennium Bugs Play for Plumas Bank Event
Friday, Sept. 20, 2019

Photograph of the Millennium Bugs

Five members of The Millennium Bugs will play for a special event at Plumas Bank in Carson City on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

This is a by-invitation-only event.



Mile High Jazz Band Presents "Autumn Big-band Jazz"
at Living the Good Life
Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019

Photograph of MHJB at Living the Good Life 1/15/19

Enjoy an evening of big-band music by the Mile High Jazz Band with vocalist Jakki Ford on Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Living the Good Life Bistro, 1480 N. Carson Street in Carson City. Admission is free and donations are welcome. Dinner and late night menus are available.

The program, "Autumn Big-band Jazz," presents the 17-member band playing Woody Herman's version of Early Autumn, Charles Mingus' Good Bye, Pork Pie Hat, and other big-band tunes. The band will be joined by Jakki Ford on How High the Moon, Jumpin' East of Java, and memorable and popular songs.

The concert celebrates Harmony for Humanity as part of World Music Days, an annual global event affirming the ideals of tolerance, friendship, and shared humanity, inspired by the life and work of journalist and musician Daniel Pearl. The performance also commemorates National Arts and Humanities month, a coast-to-coast recognition of the importance of culture in America.

Mile High Jazz Band events are supported in part by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. For information about Autumn Big-band Jazz and the Mile High Jazz Band, call 775-883-4154, or see the website MileHighJazz.com. For information on other events at Living the Good Life, see facebook.com/livingthegoodlifecc.

Photo: MHJB performing at Living the Good Life, Jan. 15, 2019.



Mile High Jazz Band Performs at Living the Good Life
Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019

Photograph of MHJB at Living the Good Life

Enjoy an evening of big-band music by the Mile High Jazz Band with vocalist Jakki Ford on Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Living the Good Life Bistro, 1480 N. Carson Street in Carson City. Admission is free and donations are welcome. Dinner and late night menus are available.

The program, November Jazz, presents the 17-member big band playing Stolen Moments, Manteca, Basically Blues, and other memorable big-band tunes. The band will be joined by Jakki Ford on That Old Black Magic, Sway, Pick Yourself Up, and other favorites.

Mile High Jazz Band events are supported in part by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. For information about November Jazz and the Mile High Jazz Band, call 775-883-4154, or see the website MileHighJazz.com. For information on other events at Living the Good Life, see facebook.com/livingthegoodlifecc.

Photo: MHJB performing at Living the Good Life.



Mile High Jazz Band Annual Meeting (Rescheduled Date)
Combo Performance, Potluck, and Board Meeting
Sunday, November 24, 2019

Photograph of David Bugli & George Worth

You are invited! Help celebrate our accomplishment!

The Mile High Jazz Band Association Association will hold its Annual Membership Get-Together on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. at the home of David & Elinor Bugli, 191 Heidi Circle, Carson City. Members, future members, friends, and guests are welcome. Admission is free. Main dish is provided - please bring a side dish or dessert to share.

We will open with a performance by David & Friends, a jazz combo associated with the band, featuring Derek Fong on sax, David Bugli on keyboard, George Worth on bass, and Clay Cooper on drums. Members will elect Board members to fill open terms. We will review accomplishments, and hear about plans for 2020.

To register, and for more information, call 775-883-4154. For general information about the Association, see MileHighJazz.com.



Mile High Jazz Band Performs Jazz & Poetry
"Night Lights" at Comma Coffee
Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019

Rita Geil dressed up as Mrs. Claus.

The Mile High Jazz Band will be joined by singers Jakki Ford and June Joplin, and by several award-winning poets and readers, for an evening of big-band jazz and poetry on Tuesday, December 10, 2019, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., at CommaCoffee.com.

Comma Coffee, 312 S. Carson Street, is across the street from the state legislature building in Carson City. General admission is $5 at the door, and free for age 18 and under.

The theme of the evening, "Night Lights," relates to the holidays and to life. Poets and readers are Rita Geil, Wayne Carlson, Lynda Pitts, Susan Sara Priest, Amy Roby, Timothy Rhodes, and Paul St. Amant. Pianist and band leader, David Bugli, said, "'Night Lights' encompasses a broad variety of humorous and serious selections, some based on holiday themes, for the enjoyment of people of all ages."

Mile High Jazz Band performances are funded, in part, by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, and by private donations. For more information, call 775-883-4154, or visit MileHighJazz.com.

Photo: Poet Rita Geil will perform in Mile High Jazz Band's "Night Lights" Holiday Jazz and Poetry event on December 10.



Cool Jazz in January - Mile High Jazz Band
with vocalist Jakki Ford
Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Photograph of MHJB at Living the Good Life, Nov. 12, 2019

Swing into the New Year with the Mile High Jazz Band on Tuesday, January 14, 2020, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Living the Good Life, 1480 N. Carson Street in Carson City. Admission is free, donations welcome.

The program, Cool Jazz in January, presents favorite big-band jazz tunes and feature the vocal stylings of Jakki Ford. Some tunes planned for this program are Ja-Da; Swing, Swing, Swing; Sweet Georgia Brown; and Chattanooga Choo-Choo.

Mile High Jazz Band events are supported in part by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. For information about Cool Jazz in January and the Mile High Jazz Band, call 775-883-4154, or see the website MileHighJazz.com. For information on other events at Living the Good Life, see facebook.com/livingthegoodlifecc.



Mile High Jazz Band Performs at Living the Good Life
Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Photograph of MHJB at Living the Good Life

The Mile High Jazz Band performs its "Jazz Sampler for Sweethearts" at Living the Good Life, 1480 N. Carson Street, Carson City, on Tuesday, February 11, 2020, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is free, and donations are greatly appreciated.



Call to Artists for Open Studios Tour
Posted: 2/24/2020

OST Call to Artists flyer

The Second Annual Carson City Open Studios Tour will be August 22-23, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on both days. We are seeking applicants (artists) for this event.

The application form is available by clicking HERE. The deadline for applications is April 15, 2020.

The Open Studios Tour art event is presented by Mile High Jazz Band Association as part of the 2020 Jazz and Beyond Music and Art Festival, and is supported by grants from the Carson City Cultural Commission, the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, Carson City Culture and Tourism Authority, and private donations. For more information, call or text 775-313-8628, email ccopenstudio@gmail.com, or visit http://JazzCarsonCity.com/event/arttour2020.



Big-Band Jazz Times Two!
Mile High-Royal Blue Jazz Extravaganza XVII
at the Carson City Community Center
Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Photograph of 2019 combined big bands

It's "big-band jazz times two" when the Mile High Jazz Band and Carson Middle School’s Royal Blue Jazz Band present the 17th annual combined Jazz Extravaganza concert, on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, at 7:00 p.m., in the Bob Boldrick Theater at the Carson City Community Center, 851 E. William Street, Carson City. The Extravaganza is sponsored by the Mile High Jazz Band Association as a benefit for Carson City school instrumental music programs.

Tickets are $10 general admission and free for youth age 18 and under. Tickets can be purchased in advance from Carson Middle School music students, at the Nevada Day Office (716 N. Carson Street), online at MileHighJazz.com, or at the door. For information, call the Mile High Jazz Band at 775-883-4154.

This year, the Extravaganza will feature two big bands, vocalist Jakki Ford, and an intergenerational combo performance. The traditional grand finale, combining the forces of all the musicians, will feature two selections, “Feeling Good” by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley, and "Bossa Madeira" by Dean Sorenson. Refreshments and raffle prizes will be on sale in the lobby.

"We're enjoy performing with the middle school jazz band," said David Bugli, Mile High Jazz Band leader and pianist. "This award-winning student ensemble is impressive and deserves community support."

Carson Middle School Jazz Band, directed by Nick Jacques, attend and compete at jazz festivals each year and perform at community events throughout Carson City. The bands are zero-hour classes designed to teach students about jazz - the music that began in America and spread throughout the world.

The Mile High Jazz Band, a professional big-band, plays regularly in northern Nevada, including monthly performances and quarterly Jazz and Poetry events in Carson City. They present the annual Jazz & Beyond: Carson City Music Festival each August.

This concert is funded in part by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council. For more information, call Mile High Jazz Band at 775-883-4154 or see MileHighjazz.com.

Photo: Combined bands at 2019 Jazz Extravaganza concert



Mile High Jazz Band Performs at Comma Coffee
Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Photo: Jakki Ford with valentine

The Mile High Jazz Band with vocalist Jakki Ford will be joined by several poets and readers on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 7:30-9:30 p.m., for an evening of big-band music and poetry on the theme "Fate & Fortune." Each poem will be followed by a related big-band tune. The event will be at CommaCoffee.com, 312 S. Carson Street, across the street from the state legislature building in Carson City.

Admission is $5 at the door and free for age 18 and under.

The program will feature Rita Geil, Wayne Carlson, Jakki Ford, Krista Lukas, Susan Sara Priest, Timothy Rhodes, Amy Roby, and Tina Wylie reading their original poems and selected works by other published poets. “Fate & Fortune” includes humorous and serious selections to entertain people of all ages.

Mile High Jazz Band performances are funded, in part, by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, and by private donations. For more information, call 775-883-4154, or visit MileHighJazz.com.

Photo: Jakki Ford will sing with the Mile High Jazz Band on March 10.



Art Contest for Jazz & Beyond Music Festival
** Form available here **

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Mile High Band Association's 2020 Jazz & Beyond Festival Committee is sponsoring an art contest for Carson-Tahoe area artists. Selected entries in the competition may be used to promote the festival, and the winning entry will be featured on the festival's advertising poster and program cover. A T-shirt may also feature one of the designs submitted. The entry deadline is April 1, 2020. Participation is free.

The artwork will be judged by the Jazz & Beyond committee. The winner of the competition will receive a certificate of appreciation from the Jazz & Beyond-Carson City Music Festival and a cash award of $100. Alexander Cassimus, art project chair, said, “The artist’s work will be front and center, viewed by thousands of festival patrons.”

Photo of Reta Hanks with winning 2019 artwork

Entries must be 11”x14” and may be in any two dimensional medium (photography, digital collage and photography, watercolor, acrylic, oil, etc.). All entries must be matted, backed, and submitted in a protective sleeve.

Each submission must include the entry form and a digital image of the artwork as an email attachment to info@jazzcarsoncity.com, or on a CD or thumb drive. It may also be submitted by Drop Box to info@jazzcarsoncity.com. Entry forms are available for download from the festival website, jazzcarsoncity.com.

Artists are to deliver their entries to the Nevada Artists Association Gallery, 449 West King Street, Carson City, NV, by April 1. Gallery hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday.

For more information about the contest and entry forms, contact Alexander Cassimus at 408-264-4423. You may also click HERE for the 2020 Jazz & Beyond Art Contest Entry Form.

Photo: Artist Reta Hanks shows her winning painting, used for the cover of the Jazz & Beyond program and the festival T-shirt last year.



Mile High Jazz Band will NOT perform at Living the Good Life
Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Photograph of MHJB at Living the Good Life

The Mile High Jazz Band had intended to perform at Living the Good Life, 1480 N. Carson Street, Carson City, on Tuesday, Date, 2020, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. However, this performance has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus epidemic.

It is important that locations that support big band jazz in Carson City, such as Living the Good Life and Comma Coffee, continue to provide space for liver performances. I encourage you to show your support of these establishments by buying gift cards for future meals. - David Bugli, Leader of Mile High Jazz Band



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OLD Media Release: Jazz & Beyond Music & Art Festival Update
April 14, 2020

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Mile High Band Association announces that, as of now, the Jazz and Beyond - Carson City Music and Art Festival is still planned for August 7 to 23, 2020. The Planning Committee is meeting by video conference and has confirmed several bands and reserved venues. Due to uncertainty about grants, sponsors, and ad sales, as well as COVID-19 restrictions, however, further bookings are on hold. For updates, see MileHighJazz.com

The Jazz & Beyond art contest for the festival's advertising poster, program cover, and T-shirt design is in progress. The entry deadline has been extended to May 1, 2020. Participation is free. Entry forms are available on the websites JazzCarsonCity.com and MileHighJazz.com.

If the festival is cancelled this year, the winning art contest designs will be used for 2021, and if a winner has not been selected, entries will be included in the 2021 competition. For more information about the contest, entry forms, and where to deliver entries, contact Art Contest Coordinator, Alexander Cassimus, at 408-264-4423.

The 2020 Jazz & Beyond festival includes the second annual Open Studios Tour, with a month long exhibit in August at Western Nevada College Bristlecone Gallery, and a reception in the gallery on Thursday, August 20. Open studios art shows and demonstrations will be Saturday, August 22, and Sunday, August 23, at studios throughout Carson City. To participate, and for more information, call or text 775-313-8628, email ccopenstudio@gmail.com, or see http://JazzCarsonCity.com/event/arttour2020.



COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Notification
Updated: April 15, 2020, at 8:30 p.m.

Most events listed below are on hold. If there will be any changes, we will post them on this website, notify CarsonNow.org, and make efforts to contact all participants. The health of our musicians, audience, and volunteers is our concern. We will be following advice from city/county and medical professionals as we make our decisions.

Mile High Jazz Band rehearsals are on hold until further notice. The April 14th performance at Living the Good Life was cancelled and the May 12th performance has been cancelled. We will be evaluating if there needs to be changes to other programs, due to the Coronavirus situation.



Mile High Jazz Band will NOT perform at Living the Good Life
Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Photograph of MHJB at Living the Good Life

The Mile High Jazz Band had intended to perform at Living the Good Life, 1480 N. Carson Street, Carson City, on Tuesday, May 12, 2020, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. However, this performance has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus epidemic.

It is important that locations that support big band jazz in Carson City, such as Living the Good Life and Comma Coffee, continue to provide space for liver performances. I encourage you to show your support of these establishments by buying gift cards for future meals. - David Bugli, Leader of Mile High Jazz Band



Mile High Jazz Band Annual Meeting on Zoom
Also Board Meeting
Sunday, July 12, 2020

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You are invited to join us at a safe social distance on Zoom! Help celebrate our accomplishment!

The Mile High Jazz Band Association Association will hold its Annual Membership Meeting on Sunday, July 12, 2020, at 4:30 p.m. on Zoom. The Zoom meeting ID is 83888691967. Please call 775-883-4154 to obtain the password or a link.

Members, future members, friends, and guests are welcome. Admission is free.

Members will elect Board members to fill open terms. We will review accomplishments, discuss the challenges brought about by the Coronavirus epidemic, discuss plans for Jazz & Beyond this summer, and hear about plans for 2020 and 2021. We will also share some recorded entertainment by members of the band and some of our poet/readers.

To register, and for more information, call 775-883-4154. For general information about the Association, see MileHighJazz.com.



OLD Media Release: Jazz & Beyond Music & Art Festival
Updated July 8, 2020

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Mile High Band Association announces that, as of now (7/8/2020), the Jazz and Beyond - Carson City Music and Art Festival is still planned for August 9 to 23, 2020 (starting two days later than originally planned). The Planning Committee is meeting by video conferences and is confirming several bands and hoping to reserve appropriate venues. Due to uncertainty about COVID-19 restrictions, however, some bookings are on hold.

The 2020 Jazz & Beyond festival includes the second annual Open Studios Tour (OST). The month long exhibit in August planned for Western Nevada College Bristlecone Gallery for OST artists has been cancelled. However, Open Studios art shows and demonstrations will be Saturday, August 22, and Sunday, August 23, at studios throughout Carson City. For more information, call or text 775-313-8628, email ccopenstudio@gmail.com, or see http://JazzCarsonCity.com/event/arttour2020.



Jazz & Beyond 2020 Music and Art Festival - Update
Media release – July 17, 2020
Contact – Elinor Bugli 775-883-4154

Photograph Cherie Shipley with Take This Band at Governor's Mansion 8/9/2019

The Jazz & Beyond festival committee is rescheduling many of the events originally planned for August 2020 because of the recent rise in coronavirus cases. However, the committee plans to go ahead with the second annual Open Studios Tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 22, and Sunday, August 23. Admission is free.

More than two-dozen artists will be featured at ten studios throughout Carson City. Favorite solo musicians will perform live at most studios. Promotional items for the 2020 festival, including posters, T-shirts, artwork, and Jazz & Beyond facemasks, will be available onsite for a donation. COVID-19 guidelines will be followed and the number of concurrent visitors at each site will be controlled.

Brochures listing studios, artists, and musicians, including a map, will be available at the Carson City Culture and Tourism Authority (visitors bureau), Brewery Arts Center Artisan Store, NAA Gallery, Stewart Indian School Cultural Center & Museum, and Nevada State Museum.

David Bugli, co-chair of the festival, said, "We are looking to provide elements of Jazz & Beyond as a series of events and virtual presentations later in the year and into next year, as conditions permit. We will present events safely, some in new formats, for performers and audience."

For its 17th year, Jazz & Beyond plans to reschedule favorite and new big bands, combos, and special events. These include the Rocky Tatarelli Quartet, the Josh D. Reed Quartet, a Roaring '20s themed program with bassist Scot Marshall's Brass Knuckles band, an annual Day at the Silver Saddle Ranch with performances by Sagebrush Rebels and Sierra Sweethearts, Rosebud's Dance Band, the Reno Jazz Orchestra, and much more. A jazz-related movie, drive-in style, is also in the works.

For up-to-date, ever evolving schedule, see MileHighJazz.com and JazzCarsonCity.com or contact info@jazzcarsoncity.com.

Mile High Jazz Band Association's Jazz & Beyond Festival is funded by grants from the Carson City Cultural Commission, the Nevada Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts, and by private donations.

Photo: Jazz & Beyond at the Governor's Mansion - Cherie Shipley with Take This Band. August 9, 2019.



Mile High Jazz Band Presents
"Virtual Jazz & Poetry - Running Out"
Available on YouTube Sunday, July 19, 2020

Image of poet/readers on Zoom conference call reading a poem.

The Mile High Jazz Band Assoc. is presenting a video that we are calling "Virtual Jazz & Poetry: Running Out." It is available as an unlisted video on YouTube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqkA5QyRCtI.

On March 10, 2020, the band did a live Jazz & Poetry event at Comma Coffee in Carson City, NV, on the theme, "Fate & Fortune." Little did we know that five days later the band's own fate was to be put in a lockdown for an undetermined period. Faced with this predicament of not being able to perform live, we decided to create a Virtual Jazz & Poetry video in lieu of the Jazz & Poetry event originally scheduled for June 9, 2020. We selected the theme, "Running Out."

Several poets, given the theme, wrote or selected appropriate poems to be read on the video and isolated band members recorded tunes related to the poems. The result of these efforts is this video in six short acts, each consisting of the reading of a poem and the performance of a related piece of music.

During the Coronavirus pandemic, the band is also developing a virtual big band presentation of a golden oldie from the big band era. Be on the lookout for that, too.

Photo: Rita Geil (center) and other poet readers read a poem by Carl Sandburg, captured in a Zoom conference call, part of "Virtual Jazz & Poetry: Running Out."



Watch "It's Your City" Episode
"Jazz and Beyond 2020: Pandemic Style"
August 4, 2020

Photograph of Cortney Bloomer on Zoom

Here is an episode of "It's Your City" called "Jazz and Beyond 2020: Pandemic Style." Cortney Bloomer interviews David Bugli on Aug. 4, 2020. Here is the link: CLICK HERE.

This is David's 7/30/20 "Good Day Carson" interview with Kassandra Butterfield. The festival portion starts around 31:25 on the recording. Here is the link: CLICK HERE.



Jazz & Beyond Music and Art Festival Releases Revised Plan
Media Release - Aug. 5, 2020

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The Jazz & Beyond Music and Art Festival is taking a new direction in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The festival was founded in 2004. This is the first year in which gathering of large crowds at musical events has been restricted due to health concerns. The festival, originally planned to start on August 7, now has events starting on August 19 and continuing into September. It will include drive-in movies, small in-person concerts, live streamed concerts, and pre-recorded events made available to the public through the festival's website at JazzCarsonCity.com.

"Back in the middle of March, we had a fairly complete schedule with a few dozen performances planned for the festival in August, but all that changed as the pandemic spread," said David Bugli, President of the Mile High Jazz Band Assoc., sponsor of the festival. "With this new approach, we hope to share with the people in our community some of the great talent from our area, and perhaps reach a wider audience outside Carson City through our live-streamed and pre-recorded events. With few exceptions, admission to events will be free through the generosity of our grantors, advertisers, sponsors donors and Association members."

The first event will be a free, jazz related drive-in movie, "High Society," on Wednesday, August 19, and Thursday, August 20, in the parking lot at the Brewery Arts Center. The movie is presented in cooperation with the Carson City Classic Cinema Club. The 1956 movie, based on the earlier "Philadelphia Story" movie, is moved to a high-class setting near the Newport Jazz Festival. It features Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, and Grace Kelly in her last movie role before becoming Princess Grace of Monaco. Robin Holabird, film critic and former Nevada Film Commissioner, will introduce the movie and provide commentary. The event is supported in part by a generous grant from the Great Basin Consulting Group (Mike Drews). Reservations are required for each vehicle, and information will be posted on the festival website JazzCarsonCity.com.

Karen Kreyeski's After Midnight Jam

The second annual Carson City Open Studios Tour (OST), part of the festival, will be on Saturday, August 22, and Sunday, August 23, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at ten studios throughout Carson City. This admission-free, contemporary cultural event will showcase more than 25 local artists, presenting a wide variety of exceptional visual art and art demonstrations, from painting, sculpture, and 3D art to jewelry, photography, and pottery in ten individual and shared spaces. The Wa-Pai-Shone Gallery at Stewart Indian School Cultural Center & Museum will display works of several Great Basin Native Artists. Individual musicians will perform at six of the locations. OST brochures, which include a map of the locations and list of artists and musicians, are available at the Carson City Culture and Tourism Authority, the Nevada Artists Association, and Carson City Chamber of Commerce, and may be downloaded from the OST page at JazzCarsonCity.com/openstudio.

The Festival plans to start live streaming music events on August 29 and on subsequent dates in September. Bands will perform with a very limited audience at A to Zen, and will be live streamed over the Internet and recorded for later access via the festival website. These will mostly feature musicians who were previously scheduled to perform live in mid-August.

The Day at the Silver Saddle Ranch will be on Sunday, September 20, with the Sagebrush Rebels and Sierra Sweethearts. Reservations are required.

An outdoor Sunday Jazz Brunch featuring Niall McGuinness and the New World Jazz Project is planned for Sunday, September 13, at Empire Ranch Golf, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Reservations, at $10 per person, include a mimosa or soft drink, and guests can order from the Mallard's menu.

Due to the nature of the pandemic, these plans are subject to change. For up-to-date information, check out the festival website at JazzCarsonCity.com or the Facebook page at facebook.com/jazzcarsoncity, or call 775-883-4154.

Artwork: Karen Kreyeski's After Midnight Jam, this year's winning artwork.



Mile High Jazz Band Presents
"Moten Swing, performed by Mile High Jazz Band"
Available on YouTube, Sunday, August 16, 2020

Composite picture of band from the video

The Mile High Jazz Band Assoc. presents a video called "Moten Swing, performed by Mile High Jazz Band." It is available as an unlisted video on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhH-uEksGCg.

Mile High Jazz Band (MHJB) presents its first virtual big-band recording, each individual part recorded by band members and guests artists in their homes in July 2020. This endeavor is one way for the MHJB to continue to work together as a group, even though the coronavirus prevents us from rehearsing together and performing for our dearly missed audience.

As the MHJB explores the new technology for combining separate tracks into a whole, we like to pay tribute to some musical pioneers who came before us. Bennie Moten (1894-1935) wrote "Moten Swing" with his brother Buster in 1932 for his Kansas City Orchestra. It gained additional recognition when Benny Goodman (1909-1986) recorded it in 1938. But it is best known for being recorded in 1940 by Count Basie (1904-1984) and his orchestra. Basie had joined the Moten band in 1929 as a pianist, even though the band already had a pianist (Bennie Moten!). Some speculate that Moten aspired to bring his band up to the level of Duke Ellington's, and hiring musicians of Basie's caliber would help. Basie helped Moten develop the Kansas City style, in part by replacing the 2-beat-per-measure emphasis of the tuba with the 4-beat-per-measure feel of the string bass, an innovation that led to swing.

For information on the Mile High Jazz Band, please go to MileHighJazz.com. The Mile High Jazz Band Assoc. has sponsored the yearly Jazz & Beyond Music and Art Festival since the 100th birthday of Count Basie in August 2004 (see JazzCarsonCity.com).



Revised Jazz & Beyond Schedule
Updated Thursday, August 27, 2020

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The Jazz & Beyond Music and Art Festival is posting a revised schedule of events. This schedule has been adjusted from the original schedule in response to the coronavirus situation. We are attempting to maintain the festival site at https://jazzcarsoncity.com, but we have experienced a few technical glitches. We hope this additional listing will be of benefit.

EVENTS

  • Wed., Aug. 19 – "High Society" drive-in movie at Brewery Arts Center parking lot. Parking starts at 7:30. Movie starts around 8:30. FREE.
  • Thur., Aug. 20 – "High Society" drive-in movie at Brewery Arts Center parking lot. Parking starts at 7:30. Movie starts around 8:30. FREE.
  • Sat. Aug. 22 and Sun. Aug. 23 – Open Studios Tour - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. For essential information, see https://jazzcarsoncity.com/openstudio or call 775-883-4154. FREE.
  • First live-streamed event – Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020 – 3:00 p.m. PST (This was originally scheduled for Aug. 29) – The Jazzettes – Their Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/TheJazzettes. Link to the live-streamed event will be live on Aug. 30 (just prior to the event) at https://www.facebook.com/jazzcarsoncity/. FREE.
  • Second live-streamed event – Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020 – 7:00 p.m. PST – Josh D. Reed Quartet. Link to the live-streamed event will be live on Sept. 1 (just prior to the event) at https://www.facebook.com/jazzcarsoncity/. FREE.
  • Bill Rose & Laurie Blue – Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020 – 7:00 p.m. PST – Streamed event, pre-recorded at Melodee Music in Virginia. Link to the streamed event will opened on Sept. 8 (just prior to the event) at https://www.facebook.com/jazzcarsoncity/. FREE.
  • Tues. Sept 15 – Live-streamed event with Tom Stryker & Impromptu at 7:00 p.m. FREE. Link to the live-streamed event will opened on Sept. 15 (just prior to the event) at https://www.facebook.com/jazzcarsoncity/.
  • Sun. Sept. 13 – Jazz Brunch at Empire Ranch Golf, with Niall McGuinness & New World Jazz Project, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Reservations required. Link to the live-streamed event will opened on Sept. 13 (just prior to the event) at https://www.facebook.com/jazzcarsoncity/.
  • Sun. Sept. 20 – "A Day at the (little) Ranch" – An event with Sagebrush Rebels, 4:00 p.m. (new time). Reservations required for the live event. FREE. will opened on Sept. 20 (just prior to the event) at https://www.facebook.com/jazzcarsoncity/. (Originally this was going to be "A Day at the Silver Saddle Ranch," but plans had to be changed due to the coronavirus situation.)
  • Sun. Sept. 27 – Second Jazz Brunch at Empire Ranch Golf, with Cherie & Take This! 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Reservations required. Link to the live-streamed event will opened on Sept. 27 (just prior to the event) at https://www.facebook.com/jazzcarsoncity/.

For further information, check JazzCarsonCity.com or call 775-883-4154.



Mayor Bob Crowell Has Died
Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020

Photograph of Mayor Bob Crowell in hat

Carson City Mayor Bob Crowell and his wife were great supporters of the arts in Carson City. In particular they supported the Jazz & Beyond Music & Art Festival for many years. Bob died this morning. We will miss his warmth, dedication, and smile. Click HERE for a beautiful photo montage prepared by photographer Cathleen Allison. I feel it captures so much that we loved about Mayor Bob.
- David Bugli



Planning for 2021 Jazz & Beyond Music & Art Festival Begins
Posted: Jan. 17, 2021

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The Mile High Jazz Band Assoc. is beginning planning in February for the 2021 edition of the Jazz & Beyond Carson City Music & Art Festival. The festival is slated to Friday, Aug. 13, 2021, and end Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021.

The 2020 festival was a challenge. The planners had created a calendar of live events that would happen in the early part of August. As it became apparent that the COVID-19 pandemic was not receding as hoped, most live events were cancelled and a series of live-streamed events from studios and limited-access environments and a few pre-recorded events were put together and shared over the Internet starting August 19 through September 27. Plans for this year will include flexible options for live performances, live-streamed events, and pre-recorded events for sharing on the Internet.



Planning Starts for 2021 Open Studios Tour
Posted: Feb. 11, 2021

The planners for the 2021 Jazz & Beyond Music and Art Festival wish the public to know that planning has begun for the Open Studios Tour. This year it will be held Aug. 21 and 22 in various locations around Carson City, including artist studios.

For further information, contact David Bugli at DCBugli@aol.com.



Remembering Howard "Speedy" Garfin
RIP Feb. 19, 2021

Photograph of Laura and Speedy Garfin

We have been informed of the death of Howard "Speedy" Garfin on February 19, 2021. Speedy was 86. After his retirement from entertaining and performing in casinos in Nevada, at resorts in the Catskills in New York State, and elsewhere, we were able to persuade him to join the MHJB for several years before he and Laura moved to Colorado in 2011 to be closer to family members. He was known for his skill in singing; playing alto saxophone, soprano saxophone, clarinet, and flute, and telling great stories. He had also soloed with the Carson City Symphony and the Ruby Mountain Symphony in Elko.

Speedy's son, Josh, wrote a loving tribute to him in Facebook, which follows:

'The leader of the band has died...'. HOWARD 'SPEEDY' GARFIN, a beloved husband of 53 years, father, Papa, gifted musician, singer, dog lover, and friend to all peacefully passed away February 19th at age 86 due to heart complications.

For those that have let us know where to send flowers, we appreciate the thought, but if you knew my dad, you won't be surprised that we ask that you send a card and make a donation to the Simon Wiesenthal Center. We've set up a site to help direct donations that way as well as to share memories and pictures - HowardSpeedy-garfin.muchloved.com.

There are a lot of songs that I will always associate with my dad, too many to list. He will always be singing to me for the rest of my life. I always was amazed that he had so many songs, medleys, and arrangements memorized from decades of playing. He was always there for me and my mom and sister, always a quiet rock.

I will miss talking baseball with him. He gave up on the sport when the Giants moved to San Francisco, but he came to live it again when his twelve year-old son became a Mets fan. I wish they had one more championship in them before he passed. The greatest discovery of the twenty-first century for him was the fact that he could subscribe to out-of-market games and watch the season. One of the greatest memories, joys, and prides that I will have is of us going to the World Series in 2015 with him and seeing the Mets play in Citi Field.

He gave me so much that I take to my career with me every day, especially his sense of humor. I will always have the bind of our sense of humor, which I am grateful to have inherited. I never had his patience for music, but maybe it's time to pick my sax up again...

I will miss him slicing bagels into thirds and covering them in every kind of cheese he had available for breakfast when we got together. He loved cheesecake and chinese food. I'll never eat fried rice again without him in my heart.

It's harder to say goodbye than I thought. My dad was always a quiet man. I know that we said 'I love you' to each other, so that's never a doubt, but in the silence of his passing I think about whether or not I could have said something more.

If you've read all if this, please know that he loved you. He had a lot of that. No one is perfect, my dad included, but I am a fortunate and rare man that would have to struggle to think of a bad memory. My mom was married to him for 53 years and that fact has impacted me almost more than anything other than my relationship with Jesus and my own marriage. They each could have called it quits at times, but through good times and hard times, they stayed together, much to mine and Rachel's benefit.

We will always have his music. A friend of mine told me that his own father was buried with my dad's cassette tapes. If you need some, reach out. We'll get it to you. Thank you all for your love and support.

Photo: Speedy Garfin, right, with his wife, Laura.



Jazz & Beyond Committee Announces 2021 Art Contest
Media release: February 11, 2021

Photograph of Karen Kreyeski with 2020 winning artwork

Mile High Band Association's 2021 Jazz & Beyond Festival Committee is sponsoring an art contest for northern Nevada artists, including teachers and students. Selected entries in the competition may be used to promote the festival, and the winning entry will be featured on the festival's advertising poster and program cover. Festival T-shirts this year may also feature the winning design. The entry deadline is April 1, 2021. Participation is free.

The artwork will be judged by the Jazz & Beyond committee. The winner of the competition will receive a certificate of appreciation from the Jazz & Beyond - Carson City Music and Art Festival and a cash award of $100. Alexander Cassimus, art project chair, said, "The artist's work will be front and center, viewed by thousands of festival patrons."

Entry forms are available for download from milehighjazz.com/artcontest2021.pdf (click HERE to download).

Artwork must be 11"x14" and may be in any two-dimensional medium (photography, digital collage and photography, watercolor, acrylic, oil, etc.). Artwork must be matted, backed, and submitted in a protective sleeve. Each submission must include the entry form.

Artists are to deliver their entries to the Nevada Artists Association Gallery, 449 West King Street, Carson City, NV, by April 1. Gallery hours are 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday.

The entry form and a digital image of the artwork (not to exceed 20 MB) must also be sent as an email attachment to info@jazzcarsoncity.com.

For more information about the contest and entry forms, contact Alexander Cassimus at 408-264-4423 or away4@earthlink.net.

Photo: Artist Karen Kreyeski shows her winning artwork, "After Midnight Jam," used for the cover of the 2020 Jazz & Beyond program.



Carson City Open Studios Tour (OST) Application
Posted: 3/14/2021
Posting superceded by posting dated 4/30/2021

Snapshot of 'call to artists' flyer

The 2021 Jazz & Beyond Music and Art Festival this August includes the third annual Carson City Open Studios Tour on Saturday, August 21, and Sunday, August 22, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at multiple studios throughout Carson City.

This admission-free, contemporary cultural event will showcase about two dozen local artists, presenting a wide variety of exceptional visual art and art demonstrations, from painting, sculpture, and 3D art to jewelry, photography, and pottery in about a dozen individual and shared studio spaces.

Local and Regional artists have teamed up to bring this artistically eclectic event to Carson City. Many local artists are sharing their home studio spaces with artists from throughout the region in order to create an amazing collection of art in our fair hamlet. Artists will not only be sharing their works, but sharing their process as well. There will be hands-on art demonstrations at some locations and, where practical, the artists will share their process with visitors.

Click http://ccost_artist_application_form_2021v6a.pdf for the Open Studios Tour artists application form. Forms are due May 15, 2021. Participants are expected to share their process during the OST by demonstrating, story boarding, running video of demos, etc.

New this year: Artists accepted for OST may enter one piece in the Nevada Artists Association Summer Show, August 1 to September 11, at no extra cost. The piece must meet NAA requirements for the show and be brought to the NAA Gallery on Saturday, July 31. Detailed information will be provided separately with your acceptance notification.

New Applicants: If you did not participate last year, please email images of 5 examples of your work to be juried into the OST. Images must be emailed to ccopenstudio@gmail.com. PNG or JPEG files only, no more than 5 images. OST will select images for advertising purposes. By applying you are giving consent to use your images.



Mile High Jazz Band Prepares for Three
Dinner Shows at Living the Good Life
Announcement: April 20, 2021 (updated April 25)

Photograph of Living the Good Life sign

The Mile High Jazz Band began rehearsals on April 20 after a gap of over a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are preparing to perform three dinner shows at Living the Good Life, 1480 N. Carson Street, Carson City, on Tuesday, May 11; Tuesday, June 8; and Tuesday, July 8. These will be outdoor dinner shows at 6:30 p.m. Dinner reservations are highly recommended. They may be made Tuesday through Saturday by calling Living the Good Life either before 5:00 p.m. at 775-720-5843 or after 5:00 p.m. at 775-841-4663. Social distancing will also be observed, as required by then current regulations.

Pianist and MHJB leader David Bugli says, "We are so happy to have the opportunity to perform for the public again. We were very fortunate to have Kelly Dodge, our sound engineer and owner of KD Sound Co, provide us with a large rehearsal location where our 18-piece group can observe social distancing while rehearsing. Kelly, in addition to being a talented audio technician, is a great supporter of the arts - not only of Mile High Jazz Band and the Jazz & Beyond Music and Art Festival, but of the Brewery Arts Center, where he provides sound and stage work for the Levitt AMP concert series."

The Mile High Jazz Band hopes to resume a more regular series of performances, as it has since 2000, as soon as pandemic conditions permit.



Call for Artists - A New Option
Third Annual Carson City Open Studios Tour
A Jazz & Beyond Art Event, August 21-22
New post: 4/30/2021

Snapshot of 'call to artists' flyer

The 2021 Jazz & Beyond Music and Art Festival this August will include the third annual Carson City Open Studios Tour on Saturday, August 21, and Sunday, August 22, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at multiple studios throughout Carson City. A new one-day option has been added for artists to participate on Sunday, August 22, at the Bliss Mansion.

This admission-free cultural event will showcase about 20 local artists. They will present visual art and art demonstrations including painting, sculpture, pottery, 3D art, jewelry, glass, batik, and photography, in about a dozen individual and shared studio spaces. Several locations will include live music.

Many outdoor as well as indoor studio spaces and galleries in Carson City will be on the tour. These include the Stillwell Art Studio at River Bottom Ranch, Carson City Pottery Studio, Beltrame Studio, CRM Endeavors, Carol Brown Studio, NAA Gallery, the Wa-Pai-Shone Gallery at the Stewart Indian School Cultural Center & Museum, the Bliss Mansion (Sunday only), and more.

LaVonne Vasick with her works at the 2020 Open Studios Tour A work by each artist selected for the Open Studios Tour will also be entered in the Nevada Artists Association Summer Show, August 1 through September 10.

The Open Studios Tour artists application form is available on https://jazzcarsoncity.com/arttour2021 or by clicking http://ccost_artist_application_form_2021v7.pdf. Forms are due May 15, 2021. For more information, call or text 775-313-8628, or email CCOpenStudio@gmail.com. A list of artists with a map of studio locations will be available in July.

The Open Studios Tour is presented by the Mile High Jazz Band Association as part of the 2021 Jazz & Beyond Music and Art Festival and is also supported by the Nevada Artists Association, the Carson City Culture & Tourism Authority, a Pandemic Emergency Technical Support (PETS) Grant, a grant from the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, and by private donations.

Attached photo: LaVonne Vasick demonstrates her process for visitors at the 2020 Open Studios Tour.



Mile High Jazz Band Performs First Dinner Show
at Living the Good Life
Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Photograph of Living the Good Life sign

The Mile High Jazz Band performs its first dinner show of 2021 at Living the Good Life, 1480 N. Carson Street, Carson City, on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

This will be an outdoor dinner show at 6:30 p.m., and will be the band's first outing in over 14 months, due to the pandemic. Dinner reservations are highly recommended. They may be made Tuesday through Saturday by texting Living the Good Life either before 5:00 p.m. at 775-720-5843 or by calling after 5:00 p.m. at 775-841-4663. Social distancing will also be observed, as required by then current regulations. The band will be joined on vocals by Jakki Ford.



Mile High Jazz Band Performs Second Dinner Show
at Living the Good Life
Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Photograph of Jakki with bells

Mile High Jazz Band will present a live, in-person performance of 2021 on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. It's an outdoor dinner show at Living the Good Life Bistro, 1480 N. Carson Street in Carson City. For reservations, text 775-720-5834 before 5:00 p.m. or call 775-841-4663 after 5:00 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

The program includes favorite big-band jazz tunes and features the vocal stylings of Jakki Ford. Pianist and band leader David Bugli said, "Our dinner show at Living the Good Life last month drew a large audience, and we are so happy to be performing for the public again." Some tunes on the program are "Satin Doll," "One O'clock Jump," and "Orilla del Mar." Jakki Ford will sing "Our Love is Here to Stay," "All or Nothing at All," and more favorites.

The June 8 event is the second of a series of three outdoor dinner shows Mile High Jazz Band has scheduled at Living the Good Life. The next one will be on Tuesday, July 6. Reservations are recommended.

Mile High Jazz Band is supported in part by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Governor's Office of Economic Development provided additional support through its Nevada Pandemic Emergency Technical Support Grant for 2021. For information about the band and activities, see milehighjazz.com.



Mile High Jazz Band Presents "Red, White, and Blues,"
An Outdoor Dinner Show
Live Big-band Jazz with Vocalist Jakki Ford
at Living the Good Life
Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Photograph of Jakki Ford

Mile High Jazz Band will present "Red, White, and Blues," a live, in-person performance on Tuesday, July 6, 2021, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. It's an outdoor dinner show at Living the Good Life Bistro, 1480 N. Carson Street in Carson City. The music is free, donations welcome; food and drink can be ordered from the menu. For reservations, text 775-720-5834 before 5:00 p.m. or call 775-841-4663 after 5:00 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

The program includes favorite big-band jazz tunes and features the vocal stylings of Jakki Ford. Pianist and band leader David Bugli said, "Our monthly dinner shows at Living the Good Life draw a large audience, and every performance is different." Some tunes the July program are "The Heat’s On," "Jada," "Basically Blues," "American Patrol," and "Bugle Call Rag." Jakki Ford will sing "It Was a Very Good Year," "It Don’t Mean A Thing," "No More Blues," and more favorites.

The July 6 event is the third of a series of monthly dinner shows Mile High Jazz Band has scheduled at Living the Good Life. The next event will be on Tuesday, August 3. Reservations are recommended.

Photograph of Living the Good Life sign

Mile High Jazz Band is supported in part by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Governor’s Office of Economic Development provided additional support through its Nevada Pandemic Emergency Technical Support (PETS) Grant for 2021. For information about the band and activities, see milehighjazz.com.

Photo: Jakki Ford to sing with Mile High Jazz Band at Living the Good Life Bistro on July 6.



Mile High Jazz Band Annual Meeting
Rescheduled to Sunday, July 25, 2021

Update: 7/22/2021: The annual meeting will NOT be at Adams Hub. The meeting will be on Zoom, instead.

Update: 7/16/2021: The Mile High Jazz Band Assoc. Annual Meeting, which was originally schedule for Sunday, June 27, has been moved to Sunday, July 25, 2021, at the Adams Hub, 111 W. Proctor St., Carson City.

We plan to have a quick Board meeting at 5:00, and at 5:30 the dinner and the Annual Meeting will begin. MHJB Association members, musicians, families, and friends are invited. We will briefly review the past year, preview Jazz & Beyond and the coming season, elect members to the nine-member Board of Trustees and have fun! Food and drink wil be provided by Mile High Jazz Band Association.

Please RSVP to info@jazzcarsoncity.com or call 775-883-4154.



Mile High Jazz Band Performs Fourth Dinner Show
at Living the Good Life at a New Cool Time
Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Photograph of Jakki with bells

Mile High Jazz Band will present a live, in-person performance on Tuesday, August 3, 2021, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. (an hour later than we were doing the last three months' performances). It's an outdoor dinner show at Living the Good Life Bistro, 1480 N. Carson Street in Carson City. For reservations, text 775-720-5834 before 5:00 p.m. or call 775-841-4663 after 5:00 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

The program will include favorite big-band jazz tunes and will feature the vocal stylings of Jakki Ford.

The August 3 event is the fourth of a series of outdoor dinner shows Mile High Jazz Band has scheduled at Living the Good Life. Following this show, we intend to go back to performances on the second Tuesday of each month, starting in September.

Mile High Jazz Band is supported in part by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Governor's Office of Economic Development provided additional support through its Nevada Pandemic Emergency Technical Support Grant for 2021. For information about the band and activities, see milehighjazz.com.



Jazz & Beyond - Carson City Music & Art Festival
August 13-29, 2021

Carson City’s 18th annual Jazz & Beyond Music & Art Festival, presented by the Mile High Jazz Band Association, offers 17 days of mostly free entertainment and more than 30 performances (see https://jazzcarsoncity.com. The beat returns this august in multiple venues around the city, beginning with a Roaring Twenties party at the Governor’s Mansion, on the corner of W. Robinson and Mountain Streets, on Friday, August 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. It features the music of Scot Marshall’s Brass Knuckles Band. Nineteen-twenties-style dress is optional; food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Photograph of Lacy J.Dalton

This year, A Day at the Ranch at the historic Silver Saddle Ranch, 2648 Carson River Road, along the Carson River, will be on Sunday, August 15, from 2:30 to 7:00 p.m. Visitors can wear their boots and hats and enjoy the music of the Sagebrush Rebels, and the Lacy J. Dalton trio. The day includes a talk on the history of the ranch, and cowboy poetry. Mule-drawn wagon rides by Hee Haw Haven Mules provide a tour through ranch land. The event is sponsored in part by Carson City Parks, Recreation & Open Space Dept. and Friends of Silver Saddle Ranch.

The festival’s third annual Open Studios Tour will feature 27 artists at 11 locations on Saturday, August 21, and Sunday, August 22, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors can see the art works, watch art demonstrations, and listen to musicians performing at many of the locations. The tour includes private studios, the Carriage House at the Foreman-Roberts House Museum, the Nevada Artists Association, and the Bliss Mansion.

In partnership with the Nevada State Museum, Jazz & Beyond will present Music of the Twenties, a Frances Humphrey Series lecture on the music of the 1920s with live music by Squeek Steele, on Thursday evening, August 26, at the Brewery Arts Center Ballroom, 449 W. Carson Street.

Other performances include the Urban Renewal Project (original soul and hip-hop big band from Los Angeles), Musicole (rhythm and blues, classic rock, gospel, and jazz band from Las Vegas), and a double big-band concert by the Mile High Jazz Band with singer Jakki Ford and the Carson High School Jazz Band directed by Nick Jacques, a Milken Educator Award winner.

Photograph of Lacy J.Dalton

Jazz & Beyond Music Festival’s final performances will be on Sunday, August 29, at the Legislative Plaza and Capital Amphitheater. The audience is invited to sit under a canopy of trees and bring a picnic or enjoy on-site food-truck selections. The festival ends in a big way with the traditional Jazz & Beyond closing concert by the 18-piece Reno Jazz Orchestra and guest vocalist.

For a complete schedule of events, visit jazzcarsoncity.com. For additional information, call 775-883-4154 or email info@jazzcarsoncity.com. Mile High Jazz Band Association’s Jazz & Beyond Festival is funded in part by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Governor’s Office of Economic Development provided additional support through its Nevada Pandemic Emergency Technical Support (PETS) Grant for 2021.

Photo: Lacy J. Dalton will perform at the Silver Saddle Ranch on August 15.
Photo: Reno Jazz Orchestra will perform at Capital Amphitheater on August 29



Normally, many MHJB and MHJB combo gigs are on the second Tuesday of each month from 7:30 to 9:00 or 9:30 p.m. Most of these are at Living the Good Life, 1480 N. Carson Street, Carson City. These events are subject to change, subject to pandemic conditions.

 

 

Last updated 9/10/2021