Jazz Academy Orchestra

Festival Schedule


1:00 PMCarmen Bradford
Featuring: Carmen Bradford and the Jazz Academy Orchestra
Session #4PerformanceRonnie Wells Main Stage


The Jazz Academy Orchestra “JAO” is a large ensemble where students learn and perform the big band charts of Duke Ellington, Glen Miller and other writers of the big band era and beyond. It is a great evening program for young musicians grades 7th thorough 12th.  Classes meet during the school year.  Class sessions are bi-weekly on Wednesday at Sligo Middle School in Silver Spring, Maryland under the direction of Paul Carr.

The Orchestra performs at various events in the D.C. Metropolitan area. The Orchestra will perform 2-3 times each semester at various venues around the Washington Metropolitan area. The Orchestra focus is on the straight-ahead jazz genre. The orchestra will be comprised of 18 – 20 instruments. In the past Jazz Academy students have performed at wonderful venues and events such as the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival, The Tri-C Jazz Festival (Cleveland, Ohio), Jazz Education Network Conference (San Diego, CA and Atlanta, GA), Strathmore Music Center, Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, Blues Alley Supper Club, The Big Band Bash on the Mall and the University of Maryland. 


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