The NSO Pops Pay Tribute To Duke Ellington, More
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With a voice that The New York Times describes as a "singularly thunderous baritone," Broadway leading man Brian Stokes Mitchell joins the NSO Pops for an evening of holiday favorites. Equally comfortable as a dancer and a singer, he's an in-demand presence on the Great White Way, with critically acclaimed performances in Man of La Mancha, Kiss Me Kate, Ragtime, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Jelly's Last Jam, Sweeney Todd and, most recently, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. He's even had two cameo appearances on the hit TV show Glee, and last year released a CD of Broadway hits entitled Simply Broadway. Steven Reineke conducts the orchestra as Stokes puts his jazzy spin on all the holiday classics. Word on the street is that Jolly ol' St. Nick might even make an appearance at this show! Learn More
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The concert features 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."
<p> 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.
</p> <p>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.</p>
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