The Jazz Ambassadors—America's Big Band is the official touring big band of the U.S. Army.
Their diverse repertoire includes big band swing, bebop, Latin, contemporary jazz, standards, popular tunes, Dixieland, vocals, and patriotic selections.
Formed in 1969, 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.
Free; you must have a ticket to attend; please pick up at the Box Office or call 413-545-2511
16th Annual High School Jazz Festival
Saturday, April 5th, 8:30am - 6:00pm Bezanson Recital Hall & Music wing
High School Big Bands, Combos & Vocal Jazz Ensembles Perform
Concert attendance FREE and open to the public! Winning high school band plays at 7:30pm Tickets to 8pm Kenny Garrett Quintet concert: www.fineartscenter.com or 1-800-999-UMAS
March 9 Sunday 2pm Fine Arts Center Concert Hall
33rd ANNUAL JAZZ SHOWCASE
Producer/Coordinator: Jeffrey W. Holmes Directors: Jeff Holmes, Catherine Jensen-Hole Guest Conductors/Faculty: Frederick Tillis, Adam Kolker, David Sporny, Chris Merz, Andy Jaffe, Jake Epstein, Bob Clowes
Spotlight on Jazz Alumni, spanning six decades
Ensembles: Jazz Ensemble I & Alumni Big Bands, plus Vocal Jazz Ensembles & beyond
This year, the Jazz Showcase is free and open to the public
March 13 Thursday 8pm Bowker Auditorium
ED BLACKWELL TRIBUTE (A Fine Arts Center event)
This tribute to Ed Blackwell, one of the most important and unsung drummers in jazz history, features tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano and bassist Mark Helias, both of whom had extensive performance experience with Blackwell, along with drummer and UMass Music Department faculty member, Tom Giampietro.