Remember the days when Count Basie, Glenn Miller or Duke Ellington would come to town to entertain? Rekindle that feeling when the Jazz Ambassadors of the U.S. Army Field Band from Washington, D.C. brings its exciting blend of American music to Geneva. The sounds of the Big Band Era are only a portion of what you will hear this talented group of musicians perform at the Smith Opera House at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 9.
The Jazz Ambassadors is the United States Army's premier touring jazz orchestra. This 19-member big band, formed in 1969, has received great acclaim both at home and abroad performing America's original art form, jazz.
Concerts by the Jazz Ambassadors are designed to entertain all types of audiences. Custom compositions and arrangements highlight the group's creative talent and gifted soloists. Their diverse repertoire includes big band swing, bebop, Latin, contemporary jazz, standards, popular tunes, Dixieland, vocals and patriotic selections.
The band has appeared in all fifty states, Canada, Mexico, Japan, India, and throughout Europe. Notable performances include concerts at international jazz festivals in Montreux, Switzerland; Newport, Rhode Island; Toronto, Canada; Brussels, Belgium; and the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands. In 1995, the Jazz Ambassadors performed in England, Wales, Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Czech Republic in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II. The band has also been featured in unique joint concerts
The band has also been featured in unique joint concerts with major orchestras, including the Detroit, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, and National symphonies.
The United States Congress has proclaimed jazz “a national treasure.” The Jazz Ambassadors proudly presents this unique American music throughout our country and the world.
This admission-free performance is sponsored by Seneca Falls Savings Bank and the Finger Lakes Times. Tickets may be obtained by contacting the Smith Opera House at 781-LIVE (5483) or toll-free 866-355-LIVE.
The Smith Opera House is located at 82 Seneca Street in Geneva. The Smith is generously supported with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, the City of Geneva, the Town of Geneva and by individual contributing members.