Hark back to the era of the big band, jazz and swing music and the names Glenn Miller, Vaughan Monroe, Dizzie Gillespie, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and Louis Armstrong come to mind.
Lost among those sounds are the World War II bands that went to war. Many of those 500 military bands accompanied combat units and performed concerts close to the front lines.
The 746th Far East Army Air Force Band performed in the Philippines. After Japan surrendered and the soldiers were preparing to head home, they had the opportunity to record in their tent, in the jungles outside Manila, an afternoon performance of original arrangements of popular jazz tunes, thus creating the only known album by a frontline band unit.
Our guest today is historian Jason Burt, grandson of Corporal Richard Burt, the band’s lead trumpeter. The younger Burt has worked with Grammy-winning sound engineers to remaster and digitize the band’s 1945 performance. His goal is to honor all who served in World War II as he strives to secure a Best Historical Album Grammy in 2022.
It is my honor to welcome Jason Burt to the Adventures with Grammy podcast
Mentioned in the episode:
USO performance made into a movie: Hellzapoppin
Download music: https://746thfeaf.com/music
Purchase CDs (after October 2021):
National World War II Museum: https://www.nationalww2museum.org/
Tower Records: https://towerrecords.com
Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/b/music/_/N-8qi
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