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MGC Jazz Announces The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra In Concert: ‘Jazz Beyond Borders’

Jazzed Magazine • News • January 23, 2019

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MCG Jazz has announced a special engagement featuring The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra (SJMO), the 18-piece big band orchestra in-residence at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in San Francisco on February 13. The performance will take place at Miner Auditorium in the SFJAZZ Center at 7:30p.m.

Grammy-award winning jazz vocalist Kurt Elling will join the SJMO, under the direction of artistic director Charlie Young for a one-of-a-kind concert experience at San Francisco Jazz to present a collection of music ranging from historic Duke Ellington arrangements from the Smithsonian archives to contemporary arrangements of from Kurt Elling’s recent recordings.

On the same day, The Museum of the African Diaspora will host a pop-up concert by the SJMO Small Group within their gallery housing the Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem exhibition, which surveys nearly a century of creative achievements by artists of African descent—tying the art on display to current interpretations of Jazz.

As part of an ongoing initiative by the orchestra to foster the next generation of jazz musicians and audiences, the SJMO musicians will meet with a group of 65 students from Roosevelt and Edna Brewer Middle Schools for an interactive workshop.

“We are thrilled to bring the SJMO to the city of San Francisco, said Young. “We are creating a bespoke concert and related events, tailored to the community in the Bay Area. Jazz bridges cultures and promotes democracy, cultural diversity and innovation and through authentic collaboration, we create something much greater than the sum of its parts.”

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