“A studio performance shot about a month ago, in honor of Black History Month and Maya Angelou, features a jazz trio backing up vocalist Marva Lewis’ soulful delivery of Angelou’s masterful “And Still I Rise.” The surprise: This tight quartet is dressed head to toe in military-issued camo.
Lewis, whose voice rivals contemporary jazz great Dianne Reeves, was deployed during the first Gulf War as a fuel handler. “We’re so glad [Lewis] found her way to us,” says the Jazz Ambassadors Tour Coordinator Master Sgt. Adam Getz.
Getz explains that most of the the Jazz Ambassadors’ 20 bandmembers, including conductor and Chief Warrant Officer Daniel Wood, have graduated from some of the country’s most elite jazz schools.
“What’s so unique is it is an Army band comprised of soldiers, but is renowned as one of the finest big bands in the country,” Getz says. “They’re a staple in the jazz community.”“