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Members of The Collective, recognized as one of the most imaginative and distinctive jazz ensembles in the Northwestern United States, form the core of the University of Nevada Reno’s program in jazz and improvisational music. All are dedicated to sharing their knowledge of improvisation, composition and history while contributing to the evolution of jazz. Together they have released four albums and are actively performing, recording and teaching around the world.
Adam benjamin is a Grammy-nominated and critically acclaimed pianist, keyboardist, composer and writer based in New Orleans. Recognized as a “rising star of jazz” in The highlights Critic and Reader’s Polls for six consecutive years, his unique sound transcends stylistic boundaries and challenges traditional notions of jazz. He is a founding member of Grammy-nominated Kneebody, an electric quintet widely recognized as one of the most unique ensembles in jazz today.
Hans Halte started playing bass professionally in Buffalo, NY and then moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to gain experience playing with top Bay Area musicians including Mark Levine and Pete Escovedo . Since arriving in Nevada in 1985, Halt has been an active performer and composer, most notably with the Afro-Cuban jazz group No Comprende, the Ed Corey Trio and The Collective. He also performs with the Reno Philharmonic and the Reno Jazz Orchestra.
Andrew Heglund, percussionist, has performed with jazz artists Lee Konitz, Cedar Walton, Bobby Hutcherson, Bud Shank, Ravi Coltrane, Robin Eubanks and Fred Hersch. He also performs with the Reno Jazz Orchestra, the Ed Corey Trio, the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra and the Discover Music Percussion Ensemble. Heglund is a clinician / adjudicator active in the Northern Nevada and Northern California regions and hosts the annual Northern Nevada Percussion Day.
Peter Epstein began his saxophone career in 1984 in Portland, Oregon, where he apprenticed with resident musicians Nancy King and Glen Moore. After four years of studying jazz and various world music genres at the California Institute of the Arts, he moved to New York and participated in over 30 recordings. Epstein has toured in over 20 countries with artists such as Bobby Previte, Brad Shepik, Ralph Alessi, Michael Cain, Miroslav Tadic, Medeski, Martin and Wood, Mike Stern, Steve Coleman, Jim Black, Ravi Coltrane, Uri Caine, Kadri Golpalnath and many others. As a leader, he released four albums. He holds a bachelor’s degree in jazz performance from Cal Arts and a master’s degree in music from the University of Nevada, Reno.
Josh D. Reed, DMA, is a trumpeter and educator with degrees from the University of Colorado Boulder, Eastman School of Music, and James Madison University. As a performer, Reed has shared the stage with artists such as Dave Douglas, Brad Goode, Anat Cohen, Art Lande, Tommy Igoe, Greg Gisbert, Paquito D’Rivera, Rufus Reid and Darlene Love. He currently conducts his own trio, quartet and quintet. As an educator, he has taught private lessons, ensembles, and classes at Lagond Music School in New York, Metropolitan State University of Colorado, University of Colorado, and in communities across the States. United. Reed led the jazz program at the University of Missouri in the spring of 2017 before heading the jazz program at the University of Santa Clara. Reed recently released his first lead recording: “Leaping Forward” with Art Lande.