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U.S. Army Blues Featuring Ben Allison
10/2/2018

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The U.S. Army Blues, part of the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” is the premier jazz ensemble of the United States Army. After informal beginnings in 1970, this 18-piece ensemble became an official element of the Army Band in 1972. Comprised of exceptional jazz musicians from across the nation, the Army Blues strive to fulfill their mission through public concerts, educational outreach, and the preservation of the tradition of America’s unique art form: jazz.

Featuring Ben Allison as a guest artist at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. Ben’s compositional prowess has a cinematic and narrative quality drawing from influences ranging from the straight ahead jazz cannon, the western classical music cannon, rock, folk, jazz fusion, and world music. His playing is grooving and exciting yet subtly detailed and thoughtful and he’s been described as one of the most exciting young artists to emerge out of the late 20th and early 21st Century New York jazz community.

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