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Thad Jones composed, arranged, conducted and played trumpet and flugelhorn for the jazz orchestra he led with drummer Mel Lewis.
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February 11, 2016 The first-ever gig of the most influential jazz big band of the last 50 years has emerged. It lays complex arrangements over simple blues forms. It also swings like crazy.
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Artwork from the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra's 1970 album Consummation.
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December 6, 2011 In the age of rock, big bands offered a suggestion that musical power could still emanate from non-electric sources.
The Village Vanguard, 1976.
May 5, 2008 For jazz musicians, playing at the Village Vanguard is a special event. To record there is a rite of passage. How can you not bring your best stuff, knowing who brought theirs before? Here are five notable glimpses into the world's most famous jazz joint.
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