U.S. Navy Commodores jazz band to play here on Oct. 29

The Commodores, the United States Navy’s premiere jazz ensemble, will be in concert at Tennessee Tech University’s Wattenbarger Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 29.

The concert is free and open to the public, but tickets will be required. They are available at the information desk on the first floor of the Roaden University Center or the music and art department in the Bryan Fine Arts Building.

Many jazz legends — including Ray Charles, James Moody and Eugene (Snooky) Young — have appeared with the group. The Commodores have also opened for the Beach Boys and appeared on ABC-TV’s “Good Morning America.”

The band’s performances are high-energy affairs that not only pay tribute to the legendary big bands of yesterday but also feature original compositions by members of the group.

In 2005, the Commodores released their latest compact disc, Three Shades of Blue, which featured many of these new compositions in addition to fresh arrangements of popular favorites.

The Commodores trace their roots to before World War II, when band members with jazz experience formed dance bands and rehearsed on an as-needed basis for specific occasions. The band was officially founded in 1969, quickly becoming one of the most acclaimed jazz ensembles in the country.

For more information about the show or about tickets, call TTU’s Chris McCormick at 931/372-6182.

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