US Army Jazz Ambassadors offer performance at OCCC

Reserve your tickets now for the free performance!

    (Published: 03-07-17)

Jazz Ambassadors

Oklahoma City Community College welcomes back the internationally acclaimed Jazz Ambassadors in a free performance on April 1, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. in the college's Visual and Performing Arts Center Theater.

The Jazz Ambassadors is the official touring big band of the U.S. Army. Formed in 1969, this 19-member ensemble has received acclaim at home and abroad performing America's 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 Jazz Ambassadors has appeared in all 50 states and in Canada, Mexico, Japan, India and throughout Europe. Recent notable performances include concerts at the Toronto Jazz Festival, the Richmond Jazz Festival, the Kennedy Center Honors, the Jazz Education Network Conference, and an appearance on TV's "The Colbert Report."

The Jazz Ambassadors band has shared the staged with jazz artists such as Gordon Goodwin, Bobby Shew, Ernie Watts and the Dave Brubeck All-Star Quintet. The band also 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.

Tickets are free but must be reserved at tickets.occc.edu or at the OCCC Cultural Programs Box Office at 405-682-7579. The college is located at 7777 S. May Avenue, OKC.

For more information about the Performing Arts Series or other performances at Oklahoma City Community College, visit www.occc.edu/pas or call (405) 682-7579.

OCCC enrolls more than 20,000 students and has more than 90,000 participants in its various community programs annually. The college is currently the largest adult basic education provider in the state. OCCC offers a full range of associate degree programs that prepare students to transfer to baccalaureate institutions while other degree and certificate programs prepare students for immediate employment. At OCCC, students receive a quality education with small class sizes, dedicated professors and leadership opportunities. Students can choose from more than 80 major fields of study and participate in any of the 40+ clubs and organizations. For more information about OCCC, visit www.occc.edu.