Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, Jazz Knights
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 2011-2012 season with a presentation of West Point Band's Jazz Knights on Sunday, 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.