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Pacific Jazz Combo Demonstrates its Mastery of Jazz Music in Reno

by Lily PenfoldMay 2, 2012

The Pacific Jazz Combo placed fifth at the annual Reno Jazz Festival this month. The group also received an "I" rating - the highest rating possible - among three judges at the event.

The festival was held April 26 - 28 at University of Nevada, Reno. This event showcases talented artists and gifted students from more than 20 universities.

The Pacific Jazz Combo is comprised of Pacific students Jimmy Kraft (alto sax), Alex Reyes (tenor sax), Stephen Coss (piano), Chris Hunt (bass), Eugene Harris (drums). It's led by their instructor Joe Mazzaferro.

In addition to their success as a group, pianist Stephen Coss was awarded the Outstanding Rhythm Section Performer medallion. This award represents the judge's selection of Coss as the top rhythm section performer. This was an overall accomplishment demonstrating the mastery and success of Coss' piano talent.

"Pacific Jazz Combo was well-represented and acknowledged by students, parents, and adjudicators, said Patrick Langham, director of jazz studies. "The Conservatory of Music is proud of the success of the Pacific Jazz Combo, and congratulates them on their accomplishments at the Reno Jazz Festival."

The festival began in 1962 and is a compilation of concerts, competitions, and jazz music clinics.

This year the competition celebrated its 50th anniversary, gathering competitors from California, Arizona, Oregon, and Nevada.