Join us for Sunday Jazz at RLT!
We are thrilled to be partnering with For the Love of Jazz & Reno’s newest Jazz station, 89.5 KNCJ to bring this special event to our space. KNCJ is a service of Reno Public Radio / KUNR. These once a month events will feature many of the most prominent jazz musicians in the Reno Jazz Music scene. Talk about a fun Sunday treat! Its the perfect night out in Reno!
NEXT PERFORMANCE: Sunday, April 28th @ 7:00 PM
Featured Artist: Tom Stryker, Harmonica Virtuoso
Tom’s Bio: “The mastery of jazz on the chromatic harmonica is a labor of love as it is with any instrument,” said Michael Thomas Stryker, a harmonica player known to his fans as “Tom.”
He came by his interest and talent with the harmonica at an early age. Along the way, Tom raised a family and became a successful international business executive.
Tom began his musical journey in San Francisco in 1954 under the guidance of former Borah Minevitch Rascal, Ray Tankersley. He later began playing professionally with world-famous “Harmonica Rascal” Johnny Puleo. “It was a wonderful opportunity for a great beginning,” says Tom.
Tom went on to perform both as a soloist and with various symphonies, harmonica trios and jazz bands. He has appeared on television and radio shows as well as the Jersey Island World Harmonica Championships in 1980s as the lead player with Harmonica Express, a quartet of players. Up until this time, his focus was on carefully arranged music for the harmonica; yet he was still searching for “something.” At that point he met a local jazz musician who introduced him to a jazz combo playing in the local nightclubs in San Jose, California.
Needless to say, he was bitten by the “bug”, and a new musical journey began. Tom began listening to all of the great jazz musicians and has been greatly influenced by the likes of Toots Thielemans, Charley Parker, Bill Evans and Dan Lancaster.
Tom has performed all over the world, from Taiwan to China to Hawaii to Frankfurt and from Miami to London. Also, in jazz clubs in Reno, Nevada where he now resides. His performances on Holland America Cruise Lines as lead player for the Harmonica Aces, were a tremendous success. Tom plays regularly in the clubs of Reno, Nevada area while working with various national Symphonies and Pops Orchestras
Tom served from 2006 – 2012 as President of “SPAH,” the Society For The Preservation And Advancement Of The Harmonica.”
MPROMPTU’s performance at the Reno Little Theater will include Jazz Chromatic Harmonica Player Tom Stryker, Jimmy Vermilion on Keyboards/Vocals, Rocky Taterelli on Sax, Marcy Benner on Vocals and Neil Strocchio on Drums.