Renolds Jazz Orchestra



The Renolds Jazz Orchestra (RJO) is a group of international musicians led by Fritz Renold and Helen Savari-Renold. The orchestra is put together for exclusive productions of original works and special make-overs of standard repertoire to be premiered at the jazzaar festival in Aarau, Switzerland. The RJO also ventures on concert tours and makes special appearances at other music festivals.


Fritz Renold (Composer, Alto & Soprano Saxophone, Clarinet & Alto Clarinet)
Greg Tardy (Alto Saxophone, Clarinet)
Tommy Smith (Tenor and Soprano Saxophone, Flute)
Donny McCaslin (Tenor and Soprano Saxophone, Flute, Alto Flute)
Bernd Konrad (Baritone Saxophone, Bass Clarinet)
Willie Murillo (lead Trumpet & Flugelhorn)
Randy Brecker (Trumpet & Flugelhorn)
Barrie Lee Hall (Trumpet & Flugelhorn)
Steven Bernstein (Trumpet, Slide Trumpet & Flugelhorn)
Amir Elsaffar(Trumpet, Cornet & Flugelhorn)
Vincent Gardner (Trombone)
David Taylor (Bass Trombone)
Helen Savari-Renold (Lyricist, Vocals)
Jamshied Sharifi (Piano)
Miroslav Vitous (Accoustic Bass)
Adam Nussbaum (Drums)
Willy Kotoun (Percussions)


“Everything is a kaleidoscope of surpassing skill and coloration.”
– Mark S Tucker, Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange (FAME) Review (Sep 08, 2011)

“It’s just flat out killer stuff that gives you a you-are-there feeling and you wish you were.”
– CHRIS SPECTOR, Midwest Record (Aug 20, 2011)

“…Varied entries, varied tempos, moods, and even a little playfulness dot the landscape in this impressive production.”
– George Fendel, Jazz Society of Oregon (Sep 08, 2011)

“Buy or Sell? BUY!”
– Digital Jazz News, @Critcal Jazz A New Spin On Jazz! (Aug 30, 2011)

“Ceaselessly transmorphing…, a perpetual flux of innovation and variance”
– Mark S. Tucker, Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange (Dec 07, 2008)

“Well-integrated solos…”
– Owen Cordle, The News & Observer (Dec 14, 2008)

“Here’s some international jazz you won’t be able to easily pigeon hole no matter how hard you try. ”
– MICHAEL BLOOM MEDIA RELATIONS, Midwest Record (Nov 22, 2008)

“Ein anspruchsvolles Grossprojekt!”
– Martin Fischer, Jazz ‘N’ More

“A truly unique international cast!” ”
– Fred Bouchard, Cube – Liner Notes


Instrument & equipment riders are available upon request.
Transportation for the following number of musicians and up to 4-day Hotel facility

Within Switzerland and Germany:
– Ground transportation for 18 musicians
– Return flight for up to 18 musicians when applicable