LAKE JACKSON — The internationally acclaimed Jazz Ambassadors of the U.S. Army Field Band will continue its tradition of presenting free public performances when it appears at The Clarion at Brazosport College at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The Jazz Ambassadors is the official touring big band of the U.S. Army. Formed in 1969, this 19-member ensemble has received great acclaim 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 has appeared in all 50 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 the “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.”
Admission is free, but tickets are required. They are available at the Clarion box office, the Brazosport Center for the Arts and Sciences, Collins Music Center and the Brazosport Teachers Federal Credit Union.
Tickets are also available online at brazosport.edu/clarion.