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Tuesday April 08, 2014

From Reno Gazette-Journal

Reno Jazz Fest brings together students, performers
by Michael Sion

Tonight’s concert by Kneebody — a world-traveling performing and recording quintet playing trumpet, saxophone, keyboards, electric bass and drums — will push jazz envelopes by blending tight ensemble playing with improvisations, and fusing in propulsive beats for an energetic set as sonically powerful as an arena-rock show.

“Jazz training gave us an invaluable foundation from which we could build our own approach to composition and improvisation,” Kneebody trumpeter Shane Endsley said.

“At a great jazz festival like the Reno Jazz Fest, the student musicians are having a ball, and that rubs off on us, for sure. They are excited to play, to hear other dedicated young players, and to hear international artists perform,” he said. “We love playing for them because they always bring enthusiasm and support with them into the room, and they really get our music.”

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