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Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra
Jazz and the U.S. Armed Services

2023–­2024 In-Person Concert Series

Weekend Performance

Sunday, December 3, 2023 - 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET
Code: 1P0834
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Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra in concert (Photo: Jaclyn Nash)

Please Note: This concert is postponed and will be rescheduled in July 2024 (more information to come).

Under the artistic direction of maestro Charlie Young, the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra has celebrated some of the greatest jazz music throughout its 33-year history as one of the crown jewels of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. The 2023–2024 SJMO season adds new excitement and luster to that musical tradition.

Today's Concert

Jazz and the U.S. Armed Services

Official military bands date back to 1798 with the establishment of the U.S. Marine Band. In the 1910s, First Lieutenant James Reese Europe infused elements of jazz into military music, and today all branches have an official jazz ensemble. The SJMO salutes the U.S. military jazz bands and the role they play inspiring soldiers, fostering patriotic support, and promoting national interests at home and abroad. Selections include "Memphis Blues," "American Patrol," and "Armed Forces Medley." (Full Orchestra)

Note: This concert's musical program is subject to change.

Additional 2023-2024 Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra Concerts

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