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Jazz Knights (The Kennedy Center)

Jazz Knights

Bringing over three decades of musical excellence to their audiences, the West Point Band’s Jazz Knights present the best in big band favorites, popular music, and original compositions and arrangements for jazz ensemble. Members of the group are graduates of some of America's most prestigious music schools such as the University of North Texas, Eastman School of Music, Indiana University, Berklee School of Music, and the Manhattan School of Music. They are recruited and selected through a competitive audition process specifically for service in the United States Military Academy Band at West Point.Past and present members of the band have played with such icons as Count Basie, Buddy Rich, Woody Herman, Maynard Ferguson, Ahmad Jamal, Chaka Kahn, Prince, Billy Cobham, and the Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller Orchestras. The Jazz Knights’ highlights over the years include playing with Benny Goodman at Lincoln Center in 1982, performing with the Duke Ellington Orchestra for the 200th Anniversary of the New York State Legislature, and twice appearing at the Hatch Shell for Boston's Independence Day celebration.

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Blues Alley Big Band Jam: Jazz Knights 4/26/10: Blues Alley Big Band Jam: Jazz Knights

The West Point Band ensemble presents the best in big band favorites, popular music, and original compositions.

Blues Alley Big Band Jam: Jazz Knights

The West Point Band ensemble presents the best in big band favorites, popular music, and original compositions.

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