The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra (SJMO), led by artistic director Charlie Young, presents another spectacular concert series delving into jazz’s greatest works and performers in small ensembles or as full orchestra.
Don’t miss a chance to hear this orchestra, founded in 1990 with an appropriation from the U.S. Congress in recognition of jazz’s importance in American cultural life. What other national treasure can claim to be as cool?
“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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Forms of the Blues
W.C. Handy, widely known as the “Father of the Blues,” gave the genre its contemporary form. This concert marks 100 years since the publication of Handy's "St. Louis Blues," and features large and combo ensembles focusing on the evolution of the blues from the early 20th century to its present-day "jazz ensemble" styling.
This program is subject to change.
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