For more information and sponsorship opportunities please visit the Berlin Chamber of Commerce website at www.berlinchamber.org or call 410-641-4775.
Jazz is America’s music and the U.S. Navy Band Commodores, the Navy’s premier jazz ensemble, have been performing the very best of big band jazz for the Navy and the nation for over 40 years. Formed in 1969, this 18-member group continues the jazz big band legacy with some of the finest musicians in the world. Led by Senior Chief Musician William C. Mulligan, the Commodores’ mission includes public concerts, national concert tours, ceremonial support in honoring our veterans, jazz education classes and clinics, and protocol performances for high-level military and civilian government officials.
The Commodores are held in high regard nationwide by concert patrons and critics alike. The list of guest artists that have appeared with the Commodores reads like a who’s who of jazz and popular music: Ray Charles, Branford Marsalis, Clark Terry, Grover Washington, Jr., Chris Potter, Jerry Bergonzi, Eddie Daniels, James Moody and many more. They have appeared on television shows, played nearly all major jazz festivals and toured across the United States and abroad. In conjunction with the Airmen of Note (Air Force) and the Army Blues (Army), the Commodores even host their own annual jazz festival, the Joint Service Jazz Festival in Washington, D.C.
As a versatile and relevant musical organization in the 21st century, the Commodores write and arrange much of their vast library of music. Their concerts are an eclectic mix of traditional big band music, exciting jazz vocal arrangements as well as fresh new instrumental music written specifically for the Commodores of today. This vibrant, dynamic musical group is constantly striving for musical excellence and the pursuit of new and exciting ways to communicate with their audiences. Their most recent recording, “Directions,” was released in 2009 to critical acclaim.
Please mark your calendars for Saturday, May 6th, 2017 for the annual Berlin Jazz and Blues Bash. See a variety of Jazz and Blues entertainment on 2 stages at the north and south ends of Main Street. All entertainment is free, limited seating will be provided so please bring a chair. Sponsorships are still available. For more information please contact the Berlin Chamber of Commerce at 410-641-2998 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.BerlinChamber.org.
Entertainment Schedule: *
10am-10:45am: North Stage: Stephen Decatur Middle School Jazz Band
10:45am-11:30am: South Stage: Everett Spells Jazz
11:15am-Noon: North Stage: Salisbury University Jazz Band
Noon-1pm: South Stage: The Shaprnels (Jazz/Funk)
1pm-2:30pm: North Stage: The U.S. Navy Jazz Band Commodores
2:30pm-3:30pm: South Stage: Lower Case Blues
3:30pm-4:15pm: North Stage: New York Connection (Jazz)
4:15pm-4:45pm: South Stage: Bryan Russo & Bargain Scotch (Blues)
5pm-6pm: South Stage: The Larks (Jazz/Rock Fusion)
* Times and bands subject to change. Please check the Berlin Chamber website prior to the event: www.BerlinChamber.org.