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24 December 2017


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scott s.

In checking out your "Sleigh Ride" version, I noted the arranger was was Mike Crotty. A fair-use excerpt from his bio on eJazz Lines:

"Mike Crotty is a versatile instrumentalist (plays sax, piccolo, flute, clarinet, trumpet and flugelhorn), bandleader, composer and arranger, and recording artist. His music can be heard in a great variety of forums, but he showcased his music for years with his 18-piece Sunday Morning Jazz Band, an ensemble applauded for its compelling innovation, musical superiority and artistic integrity. After graduating from the Berklee College of Music he joined the Airmen of Note, the premiere jazz ensemble of the U.S. Air Force, which carries on the big band traditions of Glenn Miller. From 1972-1998, while serving as their writer/arranger, Crotty became widely recognized as one of the top composer/arrangers in the jazz field today. He has composed and arranged music for hundreds of albums and CDs as well as performances for such artists as Clark Terry, Billy Taylor, Mel Lewis, Dizzy Gillespie, Stanley Turrentine, Bunky Green, Ernie Watts, Randy Brecker, Ronnie Cuber, Claudio Roditi, Phil Wilson, Bob Berg, James Williams, Sheila Jordan and Diane Schuur. He taught instrumental music and composition at Towson University and Bowie State College and served as full-time jazz faculty in jazz composition and brass at Arizona State University from 2001-2008."

So another military band connection here, this time the USAF. Here's a relaxing Airman of Note rendition of "I'll Be Home for Christmas"

Merry Christmas

scott s.

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