Introduction by U.S. Army Blues
The U.S. Army Blues was officially formed in 1972 but has its roots back in 1942 as the Army Dance Band entertaining soldiers and civilians in battle zones during WWII. With appearances at jazz festivals from Monterey to Montreux, and jazz clubs from Birdland to Blues Alley, it has evolved into the leading jazz ensemble of the U.S. Army, and one of the few remaining full-time big bands in America today.
This release, recorded live at historic Blues Alley in Washington, DC on January 20, 2010, features sixteen different soloists and seven composers from the eighteen-piece band. It also pays tribute to the legacy of Washington, DC native, Duke Ellington. Enjoy and keep jazz–America’s only indigenous art form–alive.
Special thanks to Harry Schnipper and the staff at Blues Alley; Greg Hartman and the crew at Big Mo Recording, Rockville, MD; Bob and Gloria Dawson and the staff at BIAS Studios, Springfield, VA; Lou Williams and the Washington, DC Department of Transportation