The internationally acclaimed Jazz Ambassadors of Washington, DC, will continue their long tradition of presenting free public performances when they appear at Baylor University on Wednesday, April 5, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Jones Concert Hall, located within the Glennis McCrary Music Building.
The Jazz Ambassadors are the official touring big band of the United States Army. Formed in 1969, this nineteen-member ensemble has earned widespread praise at home and abroad, 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 have appeared in all fifty states, Canada, Mexico, Japan, India, and throughout Europe. Recent notable performances 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 TV’s “Colbert Report.” Gordon Goodwin, Bobby Shew, Ernie Watts, and the Dave Brubeck All-Star Quintet are 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 with Marvin Hamlisch and 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 it the title “America’s Big Band.”
Their concert at Baylor University is free of charge, but tickets are required. To obtain yours, go to the front lobby of the Glennis McCrary Music Building during regular business hours. Tickets are only available in person, not by mail or online.