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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.
  • Click here for some 2006 performances.
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  • Click here for 2011 performances.
  • Click here for 2012 performances.
  • Click here for 2013 performances.
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  • Click here for 2015 performances.
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Past performances in 2019 and 2020


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.

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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.



Most Comma Coffee and Living the Good Life gigs are on the second Tuesday of each month.

 

 

Last updated 12/11/2019