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Reno Jazz Orchestra 

2018 Carson City Music Festival

Capitol Plaza (Amphitheater) 

Soloist, David Wells

  August 19

6:00-8:00 pm, 


Food Truck


Reno Jazz Orchestra has performed on the festival since its inception in 2004.  We welcome them back with their high energy and highly refined playing.

A highlight of Carson City’s August music festival is the Reno Jazz Orchestra, presenting big-band jazz at its finest. Formed in 1997, RJO is a diversified big band whose members have performed with Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Elvis Presley, Natalie Cole, and Luciano Pavarotti. Members traveled with Woody Herman, Stan Kenton, Ray Charles, Buddy Rich, and Buddy Morrow. RJO has recorded several CDs. Information about the RJO can be found at www.renojazzorchestra.org.

Bay area born and raised singer, David Wells, our soloist,  was influenced by classical, modern jazz, and blues as a child. Growing up, music played a role in keeping this young man off the streets of Oakland where the growing hip-hop culture was taking place. David found refuge in his father’s extensive collection of jazz and blues albums while his mother’s love of classical music also played in his ear.

David moved to Reno and began singing in open mic forums choosing to sing songs from just about every genre of music only to find it all pleasing to his soul. Having become bitten by the performance bug, Wells was asked to challenge himself and sing for a church choir. He began singing at Second Baptist church under the direction of Dr. Jessie Hall. Here he found new profound harmonies and gospel riffs, soulfully singing spiritually intense songs that capture mind, body and soul.

Ready to show the world his ability, Wells began his professional singing career. He formed a group called the Power of Love, a six member band that performed around Reno for two years. He then joined an acoustic guitarist, and calling themselves Renegade performed in the Truckee/Tahoe area. Gaining notoriety and a fan base, David then joined the Reno Jazz Orchestra. He has performed with the group for the last three years in their summer and Christmas shows singing alongside Music Hall of Famers Carolyn Dolan and Trey Stone.

At this point in Wells’ career he hopes his performances inspire singers and delight fans with his unique style and passionate delivery.

Information about the RJO can be found at www.renojazzorchestra.org.