The Jazz Ambassadors, the official touring big band of the United States Army, will present a show at Arkansas State University-Mountain Home (ASUMH) at 7 p.m.on Monday, March 27. Formed in 1969, this 19-member ensemble has received great acclaim at home and abroad performing America’s greatest original art form, jazz. They will appear in the Ed Coulter Performing Arts Center as a part of the sixth season of ASUMH’s Performing Arts Series.
The show is open to the public and is free of charge. Tickets are required for reserved seating and are available online at www.thesheid.com, by calling (870) 508-6280, or in person at the Vada Sheid Community Development Center’s (The Sheid) box office on the campus of ASUMH. The box office is open from 8 – 5 p.m. on weekdays.
Concerts by the Jazz Ambassadors are programmed to entertain all types of audiences. The band’s diverse repertoire includes big band swing, bebop, Latin, contemporary jazz, standards, popular tunes, Dixieland, vocals, and patriotic selections, many of which are written or arranged by members of the Jazz Ambassadors.
They have appeared in all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, Japan, India, and throughout Europe. Recent notable performances include concerts at the Toronto Jazz Festival, the Richmond Jazz Festival at Maymont, the Kennedy Center Honors, the Jazz Education Network Conference, and an appearance on the Colbert Report. Gordon Goodwin, Bobby Shew, Ernie Watts, and the Dave Brubeck All-Star Quintet are just a few of the outstanding jazz artists who have shared the stage with the Jazz Ambassadors. The band has been featured in joint concerts with Marvin Hamlisch and the Pittsburg Symphony Orchestra, the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony Pops, the Colorado Pops Orchestra, and the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall. The band’s rigorous touring schedule and reputation for excellence has earned it the title “America’s Big Band.”
The 75-minute show will cover the 100+ year history of jazz and is selected from the following styles, artists, composers and arrangers: Early Jazz 1900 – 1930; the Swing Era 1935-1945; Bebop & Cool Jazz 1945-1960 and Modern Jazz 1960 – present.
For more information, contact Christy Keirn, Director of Communications and Institutional Advancement at ASUMH.