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Saxophonist and Educator

"Vaughn Ambrose is an Educational visionary, a true jazz artist, a natural and phenomenal performer" 


“A legend in the making"

Vaughn Ambrose

Performer

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Educator

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A tremendously versatile artist who moves seamlessly from Big Band and post Bop to R&B and Funk.  A native of North Carolina, Vaughn earned his BM in Music Education and MM in Jazz Studies at East Carolina University under the tutelage of his mentor, Carroll V Dashiell as well as artist and distinguished professor, Bob Mintzer.

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About Me

Mr. Ambrose is the Director of Jazz at St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes Upper School in Alexandria VA.  As a highly sought after educator he serves as guest clinician and soloist with various schools and ensembles nationally and internationally.  Additionally, he is an adjudicator for Festivals of Music, an internationally recognized music festival series for middle and high school performance groups.

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In addition to his celebrated career as an educator, and in demand soloist, Vaughn leads his own Jazz quartet in the DC metro area and freelances up and down the east coast.  He has performed at the Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the JVC Jazz Festival in New York City and the International Association of Jazz Educators Convention.

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Teaching Honors

In recognition of his contributions to music education, he has been the recipient of numerous teaching honors: Yale University Teaching Award; Northern Virginia Educational Leadership Award; Veterans of Foreign Wars National Citizenship Education Teacher Post Recognition Award; Alexandria Education Partnership Excellence in Education Teacher Award; Alexandria City Alex Award for Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education  

Additional Information

Vaughn has performed in concert with the following artists: Bob Mintzer and the Yellowjackets, Vanessa Ruben, Stephanie Jordan, Nnenna Freelon, Terell Stafford, Jon Faddis, Carl Allen, Little Anthony and The Imperials, the Dells, Ashford and Simpson, The Spinners, The Temptations, Lou Rawls, Aretha Franklin, and Gladys Knight.


In addition to his celebrated career as an educator, and in demand soloist, Vaughn leads his own Jazz quartet in the DC metro area and freelances up and down the east coast.  He has performed at the Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the JVC Jazz Festival in New York City and the International Association of Jazz Educators Convention.


In March 2009, as a member of the group Alvin Atkinson and the Sound Merchants, Vaughn participated in an inspiring US state Department tour, where they performed and Lectured in Afghanistan, Armenia, Iraq and Lebanon; the universality of music transcends all borders.

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13th Annual Lake Anne Jazz and Blues Festival

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Wed Aug 21

Lake Anne Coffee House

6:30pm - 9:30pm

1612 Washington Plz Reston, VA

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Wed Aug 21

Lake Anne Coffee House

Join us as we present live jazz on the patio at the coffee house.

6:30pm - 9:30pm

1612 Washington Plz Reston, VA

Sun Aug 25

Lake Anne Coffee House

4pm - 7pm

1612 Washington Plz Reston, VA

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Sun Aug 25

Lake Anne Coffee House

Come out and join us on the patio for some great food, beverages and a little Neo Soul and R&B 

4pm - 7pm

1612 Washington Plz Reston, VA

Fri Aug 30

The Yellow Door Concert Series Presents: "Meet the Jazz Octet"

6:30pm - 8:30pm

Alexandria Free Methodist Church 4901 Polk Ave, Alexandria VA 22304

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Fri Aug 30

The Yellow Door Concert Series Presents: "Meet the Jazz Octet"

Please send email to: 

info@yellowdoorconcertseries.com 

if you plan to attend.


We are thrilled to welcome you to our new concert home! Join us as we celebrate with music from the American Song Book arranged for a jazz Octet.  The ensemble is comprised of some our areas must sought after and celebrated instrumentalists.  In addition to selections from the American Song Book, the members of the ensemble have contributed several original compositions and arrangements as well.

  • Antonio Parker - Alto Saxophone
  • Vaughn Ambrose - Tenor Saxophone
  • Leigh Pilzer - Baritone Saxophone
  • Shannon Gunn -  Trombone
  • Aaron Broadus - Trumpet
  • Allyn Johnson - Piano
  • Wes Biles - Bass
  • Greg Holloway - Drums and Cymbals

We will begin the evening with lite bites and an artist meet and greet 30 minutes before the music starts. All food and beverage will be provided. Please note, there is no alcohol permitted on site. As always, we will be taking donations for our musicians at the door- show your love!


We are thrilled that we have outgrown our home with this venture, but do not want to lose the intimacy and community orientation of this performance concept. We truly hope to use this platform to bring our community together through the joy of music. If you know someone who would love to join us- BRING THEM!!! Share the invite- we would love to have them.

6:30pm - 8:30pm

Alexandria Free Methodist Church 4901 Polk Ave, Alexandria VA 22304

Sat Aug 31

Lake Anne Jazz and Blues Festival

2pm - 9pm

1612 Washington Plz Reston VA

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Sat Aug 31

Lake Anne Jazz and Blues Festival

Join us at the 13th Annual Lake Anne Jazz and Blues Festival.  

2pm Big Whitson

3pm VCM

4pm Jamal Brown

5pm Michale Pavone

6pm Feedel Band

7pm Shacara Rogers and The Vaughn Ambrose Octet

2pm - 9pm

1612 Washington Plz Reston VA

Sun Sept 1

Lake Anne Coffee House

4pm - 7pm

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Sun Sept 1

Lake Anne Coffee House

Come out and join us on the patio for some great food, beverages and a little Neo Soul and R&B 

4pm - 7pm

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The Vaughn Ambrose Quartet


Charlie Parker with String Project

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Management and Booking

Robyn Ambrose 

direct  703.622.1703

Email:  robynambrose@me.com

Vaughn Ambrose, Saxophonist and Educator

Direct Line: (703) 622-0307