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Joe Wilder: The Pretty Sound

Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra 2021-2022 Series

Evening Program

Thursday, February 24, 2022 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET
Code: 1P0747
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Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra in concert at the National Museum of American History (Photo: Jaclyn Nash)

Note: This streaming program features a virtual concert.

American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, composer, and NEA Jazz Master Joseph Benjamin Wilder (1922–2014) left a broad footprint that still resonates in the world of music today. Wilder received accolades for his performances with Jimmie Lunceford, Noble Sissle, Count Basie, and many other fellow greats in jazz. He became a favorite with vocalists and played for Billie Holiday, Johnny Mathis, Harry Belafonte, and Tony Bennett. Wilder recorded throughout his career, starting with Wilder ’n’ Wilder in 1956 through Among Friends in 2003.

Celebrating Wilder’s unique talents during what would be his 100th year, the SJMO’s small band performs songs from Wilder’s debut album, his 1959 cult classic The Pretty Sound of Joe Wilder, and much more.

Upcoming Programs with 2021-2022 Series

About SJMO

Whether as a 17-member big band, quartet, septet, or small group, SJMO presents concerts featuring transcribed works, new arrangements, commissioned pieces, and programs that illuminate the work of the masters who contributed to the development of American jazz and defined the music’s character.

Under artistic director and conductor Charlie Young, SJMO has celebrated some of the greatest jazz music throughout its 31-year history. The 2021–2022 season promises to bring the best of jazz to audiences through both virtual and in-person concerts. Special guests join the ensemble to guide audiences through the fascinating history and stories that surround this truly American musical form.

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