Free Army Jazz Ambassadors Concert
The Chesapeake Arts Center Presents:
Army Jazz Ambassadors
at the Chesapeake Arts Center
in the Hammonds Lane Theatre
Friday, June 27, 2014
Doors 7:00pm | Show 7:30pm
The Jazz Ambassadors is the offical touring big band of the United States Army. Formed in 1969, this 19-member ensemble has received great acclaim at home and aboard performing America's greatest original art form, jazz.
Concerts by the Jazz Ambassadors are programmed to entertain all types of audiences. The band's diverse repertoire includes big band swing, bebop, Latin, contemporary jazz, standards, popular tunes, Dixieland, vocals,and patriotic selections, many of which are written or arranged by members of the Jazz Ambassadors.
The Jazz Ambassadors has appeared in all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, Japan, India,and throughout Europe. Recent notable perforamnces include concerts at the Toronto Jazz Festival, the Richmond Jazz Festival at Maymont, the Kennedy Center Honors, the Jazz Education Network Conference, and an appearance on the Colbert Report. The band has attracted the attention of Gordon Goodwin, Bobby Shew, Ernie Watts, and the Dave Brubeck All-Star Quintet, just a few of the outstanding jazz artists who have shared the stage with the Jazz Ambassadors. The band has been featured in joint concerts under the direction of Marvin Hamlisch with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the San Diego Symphony Orchestra , the Seattle Symphony Pops, the Colorado Pops Orchestra, and the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall. The band's rigorous touring schedule and reputation for excellence has earned the name "America's Big Band".