NSO Pops: D.C. and the Duke/Marvin Hamlisch, conductor
As part of Jazz in DC, The Jazz Ambassadors Army Field Band joins the NSO Pops over Thanksgiving weekend for a rousing program that will include the music of Duke Ellington, Dr. Billy Taylor, and James Reese Europe.
- Nov. 28 - 29, 2008
- Concert Hall
- $20.00 - $85.00
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Jazz up Thanksgiving weekend with The Jazz Ambassadors of the US Army Field Band. Of the U.S. Army's premier touring jazz orchestra, Principal Pops Conductor Marvin Hamlisch says "the caliber of their musicianship is so fantastic…they're the crème de la crème." For nearly four decades, this rousing big band has received great acclaim both at home and abroad. The Statesman raves, "The Jazz Ambassadors held the audience in its thrall...It required utmost constraint not to literally jump up and down to the rhythm." With Hamlisch and the NSO Pops, The Jazz Ambassadors perform music by three DC jazz legends: Duke Ellington, ragtime composer James Reese Europe, and the Kennedy Center's own Dr. Billy Taylor. The program will also include Dr. Billy Taylor as a special guest, as well as pianist Christian Sands, vocal jazz ensemble Afro Blue, and a special guest female vocalist. Part of Jazz in DC, the Center's weeklong celebration curated by Dr. Billy Taylor that highlights DC's influence on the development of jazz.
Program and Notes
- Program of works by Duke Ellington, James Reese Europe, and Dr. Billy Taylor