The JOI Jazz Orchestra Celebrates Local Singers with JOI Jazz Orchestra & Friends Concert

Updated: Sep 17


WHERE: The Performing Arts Center on the campus of Pinecrest Academy Sloan Canyon

ADDRESS: 675 E Dale Ave, Henderson, NV 89044

WHEN: Sunday October 9th, 7pm

TICKETS: www.joi-lv.org

PRICES: $45 Adults; $35 Seniors & Military with ID; $20 Students with ID


Jazz Outreach Initiative is thrilled to bring our fans another outstanding and memorable performance of the JOI Jazz Orchestra, a full big band comprised of some of the best first-call jazz musicians around!


The JOI Jazz Orchestra has sold out every performance and this one will as well with an incredible lineup of exceptional vocalists as we celebrate them with arrangements by local composers, standards, and more! We’re even bringing in a string section!


The evening will feature performances from the following:

Clint Holmes

GRAMMY® nominated legendary singer, songwriter, entertainer, Clint Holmes has advocated for and supported the arts in Las Vegas for decades. He’s been a strong supporter of Jazz Outreach Initiative’s many youth-based programs for over five years. The son of an African-American jazz musician and a classically trained British opera singer, Clint was raised with the best of two musical worlds. His 40-plus year career has taken him from the top of the charts to concert calls, TV screens, sold-out showrooms, and cemented his legacy as a veritable Las Vegas institution. Clint has been a member of JOI’s Board of Directors and currently serves on JOI’s Advisory Board as well as the JOI Jazz Orchestra Leadership Committee.


Jonathan Karrant

Jazz Corner states, “Jonathan Karrant is one hip jazz vocalist, born to sing and swing with style.” Jonathan was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas and raised in a home filled with music and theatrics. His mother is an artist and for several years owned a ballet school and his father is a businessman and hobby farmer. Growing up, Jonathan studied music and performed in several local variety shows, plays, commercials and was guest vocalist with a big band. He studied performance in New York City at the William Esper Performing Arts Academy, and vocal technique with Seth Riggs in Los Angeles. He also studied privately under the direction of Marilyn Maye and Kurt Elling. His album, “On and On” hit #4 on the Jazz charts and his album, “Live” recorded at The Smith Center reached #2 on the iTunes jazz charts. Jonathan has received several honors including the New York City Jazz Cabaret Honors, “Best Singer” for the Bravo California Awards and was named one of the top 12 rising jazz vocalists by Downbeat. Jonathan has supported Jazz Outreach Initiative’s Las Vegas Youth Jazz Orchestra for more than a year before joining JOI’s Advisory Board. The Las Vegas Youth Jazz Orchestra was recently again invited to share his stage at his September 11 “Sunday Funday” concert at Notoriety.


Naomi Mauro

Naomi Mauro is a veteran performer and musician who began her music career in Las Vegas in 1997. An accomplished songwriter and pianist and a proud UNLV music graduate, she has been featured in corporate events and headliner shows at virtually every Las Vegas hotel on The Strip. She has had the pleasure of performing with such artists as Deniece Williams, Michael Buble, John Michael Montgomery, The Manhattans, Crystal Gayle, Clint Holmes, and Céline Dion, and she continues to be featured regularly at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts' Cabernet Jazz venue and other local venues in Las Vegas.




Toscha Comeaux

A 2018 finalist in the prestigious Sarah Vaughan Competition, Toscha Comeaux began like many successful singers do, in her Hartford Connecticut church choir. She is a graduate of Daytona Beach’s Bethume-Cookman University and classically trained in opera, performing in such productions as “Porgy and Bess”, and “Rigoletto.” While he enjoys accolades for her performances with The Orlando Philharmonic and other classical settings, she shows her love and well-rounded talents in her jazz and R&B sets. She has performed with Lou Rawls, Ray Charles, Diana Ross, Max Roach, and Nat Adderley. A resident of Las Vegas, Toshca can be seen at many local venues, always with an enthusiastic packed house. You’ll also find Ms. Comeaux on all major music streaming services, YouTube, social media, and more.


The JOI Jazz Orchestra

The JOI Jazz Orchestra members are a veritable who’s who of local musicians who have performed with Sinatra (senior and junior), Elvis, Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, Celine Dion, and countless others. The base of the big band is formed from a group of dedicated volunteer mentors to our Las Vegas Youth Jazz Orchestra, giving their time and talents to help our students achieve their highest potential. The band was formed in fall 2020. Las Vegas Review Journal columnist, John Katsilometes attended our Jazz Routes presentation at a JJO concert where he helped present a trumpet and a free year of music lessons to one of our local disadvantaged youth. Looking over at the band he said, “I don’t think there’s anything else happening in Vegas tonight… all the best cats at here!”

The JJO members are:

Reeds: Alto Sax 1 – Phil Wigfall; Alto Sax 2 – Eddie Rich; Tenor Sax 1 – Wayne DeSilva; Tenor Sax 2 – Rob Mader; Bari Sax – John Summers

Trumpets: Trumpet 1 – Daniel Falcone, Trumpet 2 – Gary Cordell, Trumpet 3 – Wes Marshall, Trumpet 4 – Jorge Machain

Trombones: Trombone 1 – Curt Miller; Trombone 2 – Nathan Tanouye, Trombone 3 – Dave Phillipus, Trombone 4 – Sonny Hernandez

Violin: – Lauren Cordell

Rhythm Section: Guitar – Jimmy Tripi, Piano – Dave Loeb, Bass – David Ostrem, Drums – Yolandus (YL) Douglas

Added Strings for Oct 9th Concert: Violin – Geri Thompson; Viola - Omar Shelley, Cello – Jeremy Russo

Artistic Director: Kenny Rampton (JOI Founder & Member of Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

Band Manager: Gary Cordell (JOI Co-founder & V.P. of Education & Programming)

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