The jazz bands of the United States military services have long histories of impressive achievement. There are high levels of musicianship in the big jazz bands of the Marine Corps, Army, Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard.
Now and then, Rifftides samples performances by these service bands. Frequently, established name musicians from civilian life join them in concert as featured soloists. Let’s see and hear the veteran Los Angeles trombonist Andy Martin with the US Air Force’s Airmen Of Note. In this 2012 concert in Washington, DC, Martin is preceded in solos by Airmen Of Note trombonist Ben Patterson and trumpeter Dave McDonald. Martin’s closing cadenza includes notes so high they may have been illegal.
Andy Martin with the Airmen Of Note. To find Airmen Of Note albums, click here.