Brooklyn Center Presents West Point Band's Jazz Knights Tonight, 4/29


Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 2011-2012 season with a presentation of West Point Band's Jazz Knights tonight, April 29, 2012 at 2pm. This event is FREE.

Official ambassadors of the United States Military Academy, West Point Band's Jazz Knights present the best in big band favorites, popular music, and original compositions and arrangements for jazz ensemble. Their performances recreate the sounds of the greatest jazz ensembles and the innovative styles of today through their original compositions and arrangements. 

Members of the group are graduates of some of America's prestigious music schools and are recruited and selected through a competitive audition process specifically for service in the United States Military Academy Band at West Point. Past and present members of the band have played with such icons as Count Basie, Buddy Rich, Woody Herman, Maynard Ferguson, Ahmad Jamal, Chaka Kahn, Prince, Billy Cobham, and the Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller Orchestras. 

The ensemble's highlights over the years include playing with Benny Goodman at Lincoln Center, performing with the Duke Ellington Orchestra for the 200th Anniversary of the New York State Legislature, and twice appearing at the Hatch Shell for Boston's Independence Day celebration. Notable guests who have performed with the Jazz Knights include David Liebman, Rufus Reid, John Clayton, Eddie Daniels, Steve Turre, James Carter, Randy Brecker, Michael Abene, Steve Weist, Jon Faddis, Jim Snidero, Gary Smulyan, Scott Wendholt and Benny Golson. 

At West Point, the Jazz Knights provide music for numerous functions throughout the year. In combination with the Concert Band and field music unit, the Hellcats, they help fulfill official musical requirements of the Military Academy and the Army, including military and patriotic ceremonies both at West Point and throughout the country. The Jazz Knights also perform for the summer concert series at the Trophy Point Amphitheatre and for the winter concert series at Eisenhower Hall.

Jazz Knights

Sunday, April 29, 2012 at 2pm

FREE event, no tickets issued

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts

Walt Whitman Theatre at Brooklyn College

2/5 trains to Brooklyn College/Flatbush Avenue

On-site paid parking available

Box Office: (718) 951-4500, Tuesday - Saturday, 1pm - 6pm