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NYJAZZ Initiative: Mad About Thad

Read "Mad About Thad" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

Mad About Thad is a superb homage to the man Charles Mingus once called “Bartók with valves." Thad Jones--middle brother of the Pontiac, Michigan dynasty that produced pianist Hank Jones and his younger brother, drummer Elvin Jones--was one of the true unsung geniuses of the trumpet. He was also less frequently recognized as a composer, except among the musical cognoscenti, and his enormous compositional and arranging contributions to the Count Basie Orchestra may be somewhat obscured by those of Quincy ...

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NYJAZZ Initiative: Mad About Thad

Read "Mad About Thad" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Twenty five years have come and gone since Thad Jones' passing, but interest in his music has never waned. Audiences composed of faithful fans and those new to his work still flock en masse to the Village Vanguard on Monday nights to witness the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra exploring his legacy on the very stage where the trumpeter first brought many of his compositions to life. While a good number of Jones' peers have passed on, those who remain still perform ...


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