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The Airmen of Note

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The United States Air Force Airmen of Note
The United States Air Force Airmen of Note

The Airmen of Note is the premier  jazz ensemble of the United States Air Force and part of the United States Air Force Band. Created in 1950 to carry on the tradition of Major Glenn Miller's Army Air Corps dance band, the "Note" is one of the few touring big bands, and has attracted 18 professional jazz musicians from across the United States.[1] [2]

Through the years, the Airmen of Note has presented jazz performances to audiences throughout the United States as well as dozens of countries in Europe and Asia. The "Note" routinely produces broadcasts and recordings that are heard on hundreds of media outlets worldwide. Airmen of Note recordings have proven to be among the most popular jazz recordings in the United States, with one release having achieved number two on the JazzWeek Jazz album chart.[3][4][5] In 1954 the Airmen of Note played Miller's band in The Glenn Miller Story movie.

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Musical style

Throughout the history of the Airmen of Note, the Glenn Miller sound has remained a central ingredient in the band's musical heritage. However the "Note" began to adopt a more contemporary sound in the 1950s and 1960s due largely to their stable of staff arrangers, including Sammy Nestico. Over the past four decades, Mike Crotty and current chief arranger Alan Baylock have continued the band's commitment to tradition and musical innovation. To augment its writing staff, the Airmen of Note has commissioned works by such arrangers as Bob Florence, Bob Mintzer, Rob McConnell and Bill Holman. Sammy Nestico and fellow Note alumnus Tommy Newsom have each composed works for the group as well.[6][7]

The United States Air Force Band - Airmen of Note
The United States Air Force Band - Airmen of Note

Discography

  • Best of the Jazz Heritage Series vol. 1 - 2017
  • Veterans of Jazz - 2017
  • Airmen of Note - 2016
  • Compositions - 2012
  • Airmen of Note "60" - 2010
  • Cool Yule - 2009
  • Airmen of Note Live! - 2007
  • Out In Front - 2006
  • Keep 'Em Flying -2006
  • A Holiday Note From Home - 2006
  • ¡Tiempo Latino! - A Celebration of Latin Jazz - 2004
  • Fifty Years of the Airmen of Note - 2000
  • Let's Dance - 2000
  • Invitation - 1999
  • Christmas Time is Here - 1998
  • Legacy - 1997
  • Blues & Beyond - 1996
  • The Glenn Miller Tradition - 1994/1982
  • Children of the Night - 1993
  • Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town - 1991
  • Jazz Heritage: Old, New, Borrowed & Blue - 1989
  • Somewhere Out There - 1986
  • Crystal Gardens - 1985
  • Bone Voyage - 1984
  • Better Than Ever - 1983
  • Noel - 1981
  • Just the Way We Are - 1980
  • Live From Mobile - 1979
  • Just in Time - 1978
  • Today! - 1978
  • New Spirit - 1977
  • Brothers in Blue - 1974
  • Airmen of Note and Sarah Vaughan - 1974
  • Come Out Swingin' - 1973
  • Two Sides of the Airmen of Note - 1973
  • With a Little Help From Our Friends - 1972
  • Rock Jazz - 1970
  • Here Come the Airmen of Note - 1968
  • Airmen of Note & Friends - 1968
  • In Concert Sound - 1967
  • Big Band Sound '67 ~ 1967
  • Surprising Sounds of the Airmen of Note - 1966

[8][9]

Music education

The Airmen of Note is a leading force in music education. Many of its members are accomplished clinicians with extensive backgrounds in music education. They routinely lead clinics at high schools and colleges across the country, and are frequently invited to perform at national music conventions, including the International Association of Jazz Educators, Music Educators National Conference, and The Midwest Clinic.[10]

Guest artists

The Airmen of Note have recorded and performed with such luminaries as Allen Vizzutti, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Williams, Sarah Vaughan, Joanie Sommers and Nancy Wilson. In 1990, the Airmen of Note established the Jazz Heritage Series, featuring the “Note” in concert with icons of jazz. Artists that have joined the “Note” for the program include Al Jarreau, Clark Terry, Phil Woods, Kurt Elling, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Paquito D’Rivera, Nicholas Payton and Karrin Allyson. Each year, the Jazz Heritage Series is broadcast over National Public Radio, independent jazz radio stations, satellite radio services and the internet.

See also

References

  1. ^ The Airmen of Note, About us
  2. ^ Arlington Cemetery, Glenn Miller
  3. ^ JazzWeek. ""Cool Yule" No. 2 on the charts!". JazzWeek.com. JazzTbone.com. Retrieved 2010-01-23.
  4. ^ Airmen of Note, History
  5. ^ KGOU,  U.S. Air Force Airmen Of Note Bring Sounds Of Glenn Miller To Jazz, By Jacob McCleland, Jun 17, 2016
  6. ^ Airmen of Note, Leadership
  7. ^ Airmen of Note, Photos
  8. ^ Airmen of Note, Recordings
  9. ^ allmusic.com, 60 years of The Airmen of Note
  10. ^ Jazzednet, Airmen of Note, Music education

External links

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