The music was top notch, with a collection of jazz and swing standards as the theme of the concert. The featured guests were the US Army Jazz Ambassadors, an outstanding group of Army musicians who performed with the symphony. We were also treated to several young musicians from the Seattle area, including a jazz quartet, and an amazing clarinet player who's a senior at Garfield HS.
The featured vocalist was a 14-year old singer from Canada named Nikki Yanofsky, who was absolutely amazing. Keep your eye on this kid, you'll be hearing a lot more from her in a few years.
Featured in the concert were tribute medleys Irving Berlin, Louis Armstrong, and Duke Ellington among others. Marvin's interactions with the audience were of course a highlight, as he managed to heckle one person in the 2nd row who had binoculars, and invited them to move to the front row if they were having trouble seeing. Just before intermission, he also questioned the audience "what exactly do you folks DO during intermission anyway?"
Looking forward to the Holiday concert.