The internationally acclaimed Jazz Ambassadors of Washington, D.C., will continue its long tradition of presenting free public performances when it appears at Cal Poly Pomona.
The concert, set for Wednesday, March 9, at 8 p.m. in the University Theatre, is sponsored by the university’s music and theatre and new dance departments. The Cal Poly Pomona Jazz Band, directed by David Kopplin, will open the show.
The Jazz Ambassadors is the official touring big band of the U.S. Army. Formed in 1969, this 19-member ensemble has received great acclaim at home and abroad performing America’s greatest original art form, jazz. 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.
The band has 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 Pittsburgh 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.”
Free tickets are available online at csupomona.tix.com or at the music department box office in Building 24, room 188, daily. Tickets are also available the evening of the performance at the University Theatre box office.
To obtain free tickets by mail, send a self-addressed stamped envelope with your request to: Cal Poly Pomona Music Department, ATTN: Jazz Ambassadors tickets, 2801 W. Temple Ave., Pomona, CA 91768.
For additional information about the Jazz Ambassadors’ performance at Cal Poly Pomona, contact Teresa Kelly at (909) 869-3554 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.