Under the artistic and musical direction of David N. Baker—a veteran of the bands of Quincy Jones, Stan Kenton, Maynard Ferguson, and Lionel Hampton—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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Swingin’ in the Holidays with Duke Ellington and Shorty Rogers (with Full Orchestra)
The SJMO’s annual holiday concert celebration swings out with Duke Ellington’s “Nutcracker” and “Peer Gynt Suite”; Shorty Rogers’ “The Swingin’ Nutcracker”; Benny Carter’s “Sleigh Ride in July”; and more.
This program is subject to change.
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