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Navy band will host live webcast of 'Jazz Origins' performance

Patrick Varine
| Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, 11:33 p.m.
Members of the U.S. Navy Band jazz ensemble, the Commodores, perform a concert at Butler Intermediate High School in 2014.
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Members of the U.S. Navy Band jazz ensemble, the Commodores, perform a concert at Butler Intermediate High School in 2014.

The United States Navy Band Commodores jazz ensemble, which marks its 50th anniversary in 2019, will present “Jazz Origins,” the second episode of the band’s “Origins” series in a live webcast on Jan. 22.

A jazz combo will explore multiple styles including ragtime, Harlem stride, blues, second-line, Dixieland and others that led to the formation of jazz.

The live webcast will take place at 1 p.m., Jan. 22 and can be viewed at Dvidshub.net/webcast/17594 . The webcast will be archived at the same link for those unable to watch live.

“John Coltrane, Artie Shaw and Clark Terry were Navy musicians who had legendary careers as some of the greatest innovators in jazz music,” said Capt. Kenneth Collins, the U.S. Navy Band’s commanding officer. “Throughout our history, Navy musicians have used music to tell stories, to inspire and to bring people together. It is our pleasure to present this educational webcast, ‘Jazz Origins.’”

The U.S. Navy Band Commodores, the Navy’s premier jazz ensemble, have been performing big-band jazz for the Navy and the nation for 50 years. Formed in 1969, this 18-member group continues the jazz big band legacy with some of the finest musicians in the world. The Commodores’ mission includes public concerts, national concert tours, ceremonial support honoring veterans, jazz education classes and clinics, and protocol performances for high-level military and civilian government officials.

The Commodores write and arrange much of their library of music. Their concerts are a mix of traditional big band music, exciting jazz vocal arrangements as well as new instrumental music written specifically for the Commodores of today.

“Jazz Origins” is an interactive performance suitable for middle and high school students. Questions from students are encouraged and may be emailed before or during each webcast to navymusicintheschools@gmail.com . Include the name of the school.

Patrick Varine is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Patrick at 724-850-2862, pvarine@tribweb.com or via Twitter @MurrysvilleStar.

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