40th Anniversary Celebration
In 2009, The United States Navy Commodores celebrated their 40th Anniversary. The Commodores began as a volunteer ensemble that rehearsed at 7:15 every morning. By the fall of 1969, they were putting on Christmas radio shows and gaining exposure by performing with radio personalities like Bill Mayhugh and Ed Walker. They were the first military band to perform at the Newport Jazz Festival. In the 1980's and 1990's, a number of very talented jazz composers and arrangers emerged from within the ranks of the Commodores. This established a tradition of featuring cutting edge works from within the ensemble that has carried on to the twenty-first century. This album was created to show off the great jazz recordings from the past forty years.