by Crystal Apilado
Heads bobbed, television cameras rolled and brass glittered under the bright lights in Founders Auditorium as the blues and R&B band Reno Jones performed at the University of La Verne community on Wednesday, at 8 p.m.
About 30-40 people showed up to support the band and listen to the velvety smooth rhythms of Reno Jones. Between songs the nine members of the band, Jerri-Sue Dawson, Doug Chaptine, Mark Noreyko, Larry Paschall, David Jones, Mark Norris, Chris Searight, Mike Crandall and K.O. Skinsnes, humored each other as well as the audience with joking comments, enthusiastic dancing and laughter.
The sound of Reno Jones was concocted from a blend of electric guitars, drums, keyboard and a wide variety of horns. The saxophone, being one of the most popular during the concert, received ovations for multiple singular performances.
“I love the horns,” said Eileen Zangler of Ontario.
Reno Jones performed a range of songs from older popular groups like Tower of Power to their original pieces, which included a humorous song regarding men losing their hair.
“The music was really rich. It was very moving,” said Zangler.
Reno Jones sold their CD “How’re gonna pay for this?” which was self-released in 2000, at a special price of $10 at the concert compared to the price of $14.99 on Amazon.com. They plan on working on a Christmas album in June or July of this year.
The band members have been together for about three years. They have performed with Ray Charles at the Family Music Festival and also at an assortment of places and events like BB King’s Blues Club and a Walk-a-Thon to benefit the American Cancer Society.
Their next gigs are planned for March 31 at a benefit concert for Multiple Sclerosis in the morning and then again at Yesteryear’s in Pomona later that evening. To find out more about Reno Jones, check out their website at www.RenoJones.com.