The NSO Pops Pay Tribute To Duke Ellington, More
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The last date listed for The NSO Pops Pay Tribute To Duke Ellington, More was Saturday November 29, 2008 / 8:00pm.
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A little bit like Thanksgiving dinner itself---some of this, some of that, and you can't decide which part you like best. The stage was FULL, w/ performers fairly well crammed up there, but they didn't seem to mind. The only bummer was that I...continued
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.
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.