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Bob Israel guitar
Eddie Czerwinski guitar
Bob originally made his mark as the founder, orchestra leader and principal trombonist of the Washington Jazz Battalion, a 16-piece Big Band, formed in 1976. The band enjoyed popularity and perform ed overseas, in NYC, and throughout most of the east coast. Bob’s Big Band enjoyed great popularity on the East Coast, playing venues like: Top of the Town; Cellar Door; Blues Alley; Wax Museum; Bethesda Blues and Jazz; Bethesda Cinema Drafthouse; Arties after Dark, among many corporate, charity, and association events. Bob’s skills and the unique sound his Big Band was noted by the Ronald Reagan, George Bush, and Bill ClintonAdministrations, where he was formally invited to perform at their Presidential Inaugurations Balls. As a musician Bob Israel has performed in concert with Nancy Wilson, Stanley Turrentine, Harry Connick, Dizzy Gillespie, Mary Wilson and Steve Allen. In addition to performing at Inaugural Balls he has performed for many corporate and associate events as an orchestra leader. The Washington Jazz Battalion Big Band was one of Washington’s finest and attracted crowds of over a thousand people a night. The band was purchased by Blues Alley and became the Blues Alley Big Band directed by Bob Israel.