Under the artistic direction of Charlie Young—the ensemble’s principal saxophonist for more than 15 years—the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra’s (SJMO) artists bring the legacy of jazz to life, spotlighting the sounds of the greatest composers and performers of the past and present.
“The SJMO is renowned for reviving classic jazz tunes with an engaging blend of fidelity and finesse,” says the Washington Post. Jazz Times hails the group’s “vitality and skill,” and the New Yorker calls it "the best jazz repertory band in the country."
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The Legacy of Sidney Bechet
The great soprano sax player Sidney Bechet—along with other Big Easy jazz pioneers—gave jazz a national audience. Saxophonist Charlie Young leads the SJMO in “Weary Blues," "Muskrat Ramble," and other pieces Bechet put on the musical map.
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