Washington, DC --
This week’s outdoor summer concerts feature the Marine Big Band performing jazz and big band favorites, showcasing special guest jazz vocalist and pianist Kate Reid. The Marine Big Band will perform at 8 p.m., Wednesday, July 17 on the west terrace of the U.S. Capitol and at 7 p.m., Thursday, July 18 at Pentagon Row in Arlington, Va. Both Concerts are free and open to the public; no tickets are required.
Made up of members of “The President’s Own,” the Marine Big Band concerts will feature classic big band tunes such as Hoagy Carmichael’s “Stardust” and Duke Ellington’s “In a Mello Tone,” as well as progressive and contemporary jazz such as Van Morrison’s “Moondance” and the straight ahead funk tune “Act Your Age” by Grammy-award winning musician Gordon Goodwin. The concerts will also include works by The Beatles, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Henry Mancini, Jerome Kern, and Louis Armstrong, among many others.
“There’s a wide variety of styles on this concert with big band swing and some funk grooves,” group leader and guitarist Master Sgt. Alan Prather said. “I’m hoping the attendees will love hearing the recognizable tunes and the newer music too. We really enjoy playing the summer concerts and this program features a little something for everybody.”
Reid, who also happens to be Prather’s sister, will join the big band for six tunes as guest vocalist. An in demand guest artist, conductor, clinician, and adjudicator at jazz and choral festivals throughout the United States and Canada, Reid is also a studio and session singer in Los Angeles with credits on numerous films, TV shows, and commercials. She has also collaborated with many of the great jazz musicians in southern California and recently released the album “The Heart Already Knows,” produced by Peter Eldridge. Reid is an associate professor of jazz voice in the Department of Studio Music and Jazz and is the director of jazz vocal performance at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music.
“I have had a great time in rehearsal with the musicians of 'The President’s Own' and I am honored to have the opportunity to perform with the Marine Big Band this week," Reid said. "To join them in concert and be a part of the musical excellence they consistently present and maintain is such a privilege!”
Both concerts are free but weather permitting and programming is subject to change. Inclement weather announcements will be made by 6 p.m. on the band’s Concert Information Line at (202) 433-4011 and on the Marine Band’s website and social media pages.