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The music has become a worldwide phenomenon in ways that the founders of the art likely never imagined it would. There is so much quality music being created and documented in our times. So, another high-quality editorial space to present and document objective commentary, articles, and reviews is much welcomed. JAN aspires to create a digital place where fans of progressive music will visit regularly, artists creating the music will find refreshing in context, and publicists or promoters can count on a quality product in our criticism and reviews. We are very selective about the content we ultimately present and publish at Jazz Artistry Now. Authenticity. Originality. Forward Thinking. Left Leaning. Great Music.

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EDITORIAL PREVIEW

James Reece Europe - Sheet Music Cover

Jazz Artistry Now - Professional military jazz bands have long been a source of employment for instrumental artists and singers. A more modern portion of this music history goes back to World War I when James Reece Europe's military band traveled thousands of miles performing for English, French and U.S. troops, along with civilian audiences while touring around the continent of Europe.

Lieutenant Europe also made several recordings. His story is fascinating and worth knowing. And, the tremendously famous Glenn Miller Army Air Forces Band served during World War II. Fast-forward through the decades since those historic times and military bands have also been among the largest single employers of professional jazz musicians for three-quarters of a century.

Recent news about the latest round of reductions in the number of groups worldwide reflects an ongoing challenge music programs of the military services continually face. When the job of the military is to fight wars, music can seemly be a topic far removed from the purpose at hand.

But, is it that far removed from the mission-essential elements needed by the total force? Many argue both ways logically, but the fact remains that professional musicians have been part of the military since 1776.

And, the latest reports indicate that the U.S. Department of Defense understands the value of music as part of its mission - including the inherent cultural, educational, and ambassadorial role of America's original art form, jazz.

We launched JazzArtistryNow.com in July and published our first review (Common Quartet's stunning recording, The Hive).

Now, and considering all of the above, we introduce our first feature article to be published in August, along with another music review. Check out the preliminary information and sounds below:

JAN ARTICLE: Airmen of Note

The Airmen of Note is the premier jazz ensemble of the United States Air Force. The band of world-class musicians was created in 1950 to continue the tradition of Major Glenn Miller's band. And, it has a legacy of brilliant composers and arrangers like Sammy Nestico, Mike Crotty, Alan Baylock and Gil Cray among others. Have a listen below:

CD: THE AIRMEN OF NOTE, Released in 2016 
Listen: Track 11 "Bolivia" (7:21)
Composed by Cedar Walton
Arranged by Senior Master Sergeant (retired), Mike Crotty.
Senior Master Sergeant Tyler Kuebler – alto saxophone
Master Sergeant Geoff Reecer – guitar
Master Sergeant Jeff Martin – trombone
(Download all of their music for free.)

This band has its own voice, seemingly can play anything in any style, and there is a documented ceaseless quest among its members for excellence in music while serving the military mission of their unit.

The Airmen of Note has a legacy of performing both, original compositions and refreshing treatments of classic work from past eras. This band reflects jazz artistry now at the highest level. It's one of America's best art ensembles - with its members proudly clad in U.S. Air Force uniforms wherever it plays.

We interview Master Sergeant Ben Patterson, the director, and lead trombonist. We have a conversation about the band, its latest release and what it is like to have a job playing music with the United States Air Force Band.

JAN REVIEW: Brian Landrus Orchestra

Brian Landrus

Jazz Artistry Now - Low woodwind virtuoso and composer, Brian Landrus took three years to write his Generations project for his all-star orchestra. We are working on the review of Mr. Landrus' monumental work of now music. Watch the video.

PREVIEW: Brian Landrus Orchestra: GENERATIONS (video by Rob Lee).

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