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Live Review: The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra’s Tribute to Quincy Jones—Featuring Quincy Jones

Quincy Jones will perform at the Montreux Jazz Festival
Quincy Jones may be best known these days as a pop record producer, but his own recordings, big band charts and film scores are held … Read More "Live Review: The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra’s Tribute to Quincy Jones—Featuring Quincy Jones"

Quincy Jones may be best known these days as a pop record producer, but his own recordings, big band charts and film scores are held in high esteem by musicians and aficionados. The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra devoted a weekend in July to celebrating the compositions and arrangements of Jones, and they brought his music to life with vitality and skill.

The SJMO, under the direction of David N. Baker, is one of the most accomplished repertory bands in jazz, so it’s no surprise that they’ve built a loyal and growing audience in the nation’s capital. The capacity and quite vocal crowd was rewarded with lots of hard swing and some memorable solos.

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