|The Airmen of Note is the premier jazz ensemble
of the United States Air Force. Created in 1950 to carry on the tradition
of Glenn Miller's Army Air Corps dance band, The Note adopted a more contemporary
style under the direction of the legendary Sammy Nestico in the mid-50s.
Senior Master Sergeant Mike Crotty, chief arranger since the early 70s,
has maintained the innovative course initiated by Miller and Nestico. To
augment its talented writing staff, the Airmen of Note has commissioned
works by such celebrated arrangers as Bob Florence and Bob Mintzer. Tommy
Newsom, another Airmen of Note alumnus, and Sammy Nestico have also composed
works for the group.
A leading force in music education, the Airmen of Note performs and adjudicates at music conventions and jazz festivals throughout the country. Recent festival performances include Detroit/Montreux Jazz Festival, Notre Dame Jazz Festival, Jacksonville Jazz Festival, Wichita Jazz Festival, and the Pensacola Jazz Festival.
Many Airmen of Note members are accomplished clinicians and have extensive backgrounds in music education. They routinely lead clinics at high schools and colleges across the country. They are frequently invited to perform at national music conventions for leading music organizations, including the International Association of Jazz Educators; Music Educators National Conference; and the Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Clinic.
The Airmen of Note is one of today's few touring big bands and has, as a result, attracted 18 of the finest musicians in the country. Each spring and fall the group tours the United States performing community relations concerts. In the Washington metropolitan area, The Note can be heard during its Summer In The Park concert series and Jazz Heritage series.
|Blues In Hoss' Flat (Frank Foster) 5:00|
|Begin The Beguine (Cole Porter) 6:52|
|Sophisticated Lady 5:14
|Things Ain't What They Used To Be 6:50
|I'm Getting Sentimental Over You 6:11
(G. Bassman/N. Washington)
|Early Autumn (Ralph Burns) 4:20|
|Basically Blues (Phil Wilson) 8:12|
|April In Paris (Vernon Duke) 4:12|
|Cherokee (Ray Noble) 4:00|
|Stompin' At The Savoy 6:01
(B. Goodman/C. Webb/E. Sampson)
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