July 2, 2018. For the first time, The U.S. Air Force Band has released a compilation of The Best of the Jazz Heritage Series. Its Volume I album features fine guest artists like Walt Weiskopf, Doc Severinsen, Al Jarreau and many others.
For over a decade, the Airmen of Note (the premier jazz ensemble for the United States Air Force) has recorded and released annual radio specials featuring the top names in jazz, as the Jazz Heritage Series. You’ve heard these specials here on WRTI!
Back in 1990, the Jazz Heritage Series began as concerts that could only be enjoyed by live audiences in Washington D.C. The radio broadcasts that started in 2007 allow listeners across the country to experience these amazing collaborations, and the guest artists are always crowd-pleasers.
The Best of the Jazz Heritage Series, Volume I highlights some of the brightest moments from these performances. There are local connections as well, with organist Joey DeFrancesco and guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel featured as Series’ alumni.
This year, WRTI 90.1's Jazz Heritage Series broadcast will hit the airwaves July 4th from 6 PM until 9 PM. The guest artists are vocalist Nnenna Freelon, drummer Peter Erskine, and trombonist Marshall Gilkes. Stand by!