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Army jazz band to play free show at OCCC

    (Published: 10-28-14)

The Jazz Ambassadors

The Jazz Ambassadors, the official touring big band of the United States Army, is set to play a free show at Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC) on Oct. 30 at 8 p.m.

Formed in 1969, this 19-member ensemble has received great acclaim at home and abroad performing America's greatest original art form—jazz.

The band's diverse repertoire also 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 Jazz Ambassadors 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. The band has attracted the attention of Gordon Goodwin, Bobby Shew, Ernie Watts and the Dave Brubeck All-Star Quintet.

Tickets are required and can be reserved for free online at, by calling (405) 682-7579 or in-person at OCCC Box Office. There's a 4-ticket limit per patron.

Upcoming performances in the Visual and Performing Arts Center Theater include Quattro Nov. 11 and Kathy Mattea's Songs and the Season Dec. 4.

To learn more about the OCCC Performing Arts Series visit Learn more about The Jazz Ambassadors at