FLORENCE---The U. S. Air Force Rhythm in Blue Jazz Ensemble, based at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, will perform a free concert at Francis Marion University Monday, Nov. 22.
Scheduled at 7:30 p.m. in McNair Auditorium, admission will be first-come, first-served in the 400-plus seat facility. This concert is being sponsored by the Morning News and FMU.
The official jazz ensemble of the Air Force’s Heritage of American Band, the 18-member group performs the best in jazz music from the classics of Duke Ellington, Fletcher Henderson, Count Basie, Stan Kenton and Glenn Miller to the exciting contemporary sounds of artists like Pat Metheny, Toshiko Akioshi and Bob Mintzer.
Under the direction of Tech. Sgt. Joseph Ott, a native of Lombard, Ill., Rhthym in Blue skillfully brings this uniquely American music to more than 50,000 people in concerts annually. Prior to joining the Air Force in 1985, Sgt. Ott performed with the Harrisburg Symphony, the Red Skelton and Tony Bennett Orchestras, the 1983 Ice Capades, and was a member of the Glenn Miller Orchestra.
The ensemble has produced numerous recordings, including their highly acclaimed Rockin’ in Rhythm CD, a tribute to Duke Ellington, and a recent video honoring the great Glenn Miller titled Air Combat Command Remembers Glenn Miller. The band frequently features guest artists and has most recently performed with Louie Bellson, Marv Stamm and the New York Voices.
Rhythm in Blue shares in the USAF Heritage of America Band’s vital mission of enhancing espirit de corps in our military troops, promoting America’s national heritage, and building and sustaining patriotism in America through musical presentations throughout the mid-Atlantic states. The band is in constant demand to perform public concerts, jazz festivals and music clinics for aspiring young musicians.