"The SJMO, under the direction of David N. Baker, is one of the most accomplished repertory bands in jazz, so it's no surprise that they've built a loyal and growing audience in the nation's capital."
— Larry Appelbaum, JazzTimes
2014-2015 Season Single Tickets On Sale!
As Duke Ellington says, it don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing.
This is the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra's (SJMO) sensational ninth season with us.
Please note: The 2014-2015 season will not be sold as a series. Single tickets are on sale for the following dates:
- Sat., Dec. 6, 2014
- Sat., Feb. 28, 2015
- Sat., April 11, 2015
- Sat., June 13, 2015
- Sat., July 11, 2015
Additional dates will be posted at a future time.
The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra is the orchestra-in-residence at the National Museum of American History, charged with a mission of presenting and perpetuating the legacy of jazz. Working with The Smithsonian Associates, the SJMO this year presents a series of concerts featuring the full orchestra as well as smaller configurations highlighting the music of some of jazz’s greatest composers and musicians.
In recognition of the importance of jazz in American culture, Congress appropriated the money to found the orchestra in 1990. Concerts feature transcribed classics, new arrangements, and commissioned works. Past concerts have included the music of Duke Ellington, Quincy Jones, Oliver Nelson, Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Strayhorn, Benny Carter, and Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. The orchestra also offers master classes, workshops, and other educational programs to support up-and-coming musicians, singers, composers, and band leaders. To learn more about the orchestra and its players, click here.
Artistic Director and Conductor
Charlie Young is a lecturer, professor, and Coordinator of Jazz Instrumental Studies at Howard University. Young has had a rich career of performing, recording, and appearing with various bands and orchestras such as The National Symphony Orchestra, The U.S Navy Band, The Count Basie Orchestra, and The Virginia Beach Symphony Orchestra. Young joined the Duke Ellington Orchestra in 1988 and the Smithsonian Museum's Jazz Masterworks Orchestra in 1995. In addition to working with legendary groups, Young has accomplished a great deal with his own jazz quintet such as performing at the first annual San Remo Jazz Festival as a Musical Ambassador for Washington, D.C.
Jazz Maestro Emeritus
David N. Baker is a composer, conductor, performer, author, and educator. A veteran of the bands of Quincy Jones, Stan Kenton, Maynard Ferguson, and Lionel Hampton, Baker has more than 65 recordings to his credit and has transcribed and conducted works from the historical repertory of jazz since 1975. He is the Distinguished Professor of Music and chairman of the jazz department at the Indiana University School of Music. In 2001, he received the Smithsonian's James Smithson Bicentennial Medal for his contributions toward elevating the nation's appreciation of jazz. Currently, Baker is president of the International Association for Jazz Education.
Kennith R. Kimery has performed with Charles McPherson, Bob Magnusson, and Barney Kessel. He was assistant program coordinator for the Smithsonian’s Jazz Oral History Program and associate producer for the SJMO before becoming producer for the orchestra. Kimery also is coordinator of the Jazz Masterworks Editions publications program and Smithsonian project director for Essential Jazz Editions, a partnership of the Smithsonian Institution, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and the Library of Congress.