The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra (SJMO) was founded in 1990 with an appropriation from Congress in recognition of the importance of jazz and its status as a national treasure. Now in the seventh year of its series with The Smithsonian Associates, the orchestra, which has been hailed by music critics for its vitality, ensemble work, and outstanding soloists, delves into jazz’s greatest works and performers. The orchestra is led by artistic and musical director David N. Baker.
One of the great baritone jazz vocalists, Joe Williams’ big break came in 1954 when he was hired by the Count Basie Orchestra. By 1955, he had reinvigorated the Basie band with the success of the recording of his signature song, “Every Day I Have the Blues.” The SJMO also pays special tribute to Count Basie’s longtime lead trumpeter, Snooky Young. Featuring jazz vocalist, Everett Greene.
Program subject to change.