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Thad Jones

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Thaddeus Joseph Jones (March 28, 1923 - August 21, 1986) was an American jazz trumpeter, composer, and bandleader. He was born in Pontiac, Michigan to a musical family of ten (an older brother was pianist Hank Jones and a younger brother was drummer Elvin Jones). Thad Jones was a self taught musician, performing professionally by the age of sixteen. He served in U.S. Army bands during World War II (1943-46). After the war, Thad Jones continued his professional music career, eventually winding up with Count Basie in 1954, for whom he arranged, composed, and performed. He stayed with Basie for nine years

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Article: Interview

Norman David: Forty-Year Wizard of The Eleventet

Read "Norman David: Forty-Year Wizard of The Eleventet" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


A few years ago, a musician friend suggested I go hear a band that was playing at a place in Bella Vista, Philadelphia, a neighborhood with a significant jazz history (violinist Joe Venuti and guitarist Eddie Lang lived there and are honored with several plaques and a mural) -but not much current music to speak of. ...

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Article: Interview

Steven Feifke: Kinetic

Read "Steven Feifke: Kinetic" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


In terms of physics, kinetic energy is described as a force or power which a body or object possesses by virtue of being in motion. With reference to the aptly named debut from the Steven Feifke Big Band, that ideal is fully applicable. Kinetic, recorded in early 2019 and released in April of 2021, capitalizes on ...

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Article: Album Review

Tony Monaco - Hendrik Meurkens - Reid Hoyson - Mark Lucas: Strollin'

Read "Strollin'" reviewed by Jack Bowers


To apprehend the essence of Strollin', listeners need look no further than this superb new album's picture-perfect name. Even when burning rubber, the four maestros in this co-op quartet leave the impression that they are simply strollin' through the changes of eleven well-chosen tunes, seldom working up a sweat as they breathe radiant life into each ...

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Article: Interview

Ulysses Owens: Big Band, Big Sound

Read "Ulysses Owens: Big Band, Big Sound" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


Some jazz drummers, as remarkable as they may be and as successful as their careers are, just aren't suited to drive a big band. It's not for every percussionist. But every big band needs a good one or the effort will fall short. A ship needs a rudder. Ulysses Owens Jr., who started beating out rhythms ...

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Texture: The Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra meets AmByth Estates Zinfandel

Featuring the music of The Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra
Duration: 5:35

In the second tasting and listening adventure of the month, we explore texture in our ears and our palates through two great examples. Read Kristen's analysis of AmByth Estates Zinfandel (2014) and The Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra here.
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Article: Album Review

Monaco, Meurkens, Hoyson, Lucas: Strollin'

Read "Strollin'" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello


There are albums that seem to warrant physical engagement on the part of the listener. It is that sort of a music-listener dynamic where a long joyride or easy walk while enjoying the sounds is in order. By its very title Strollin' gives it all away here. And, it's no secret: this is take- it-along-and-enjoy-it music. ...

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Article: Jazz & Juice

Spontaneity: Zinfandel Meets The Thad Jones / Mel Lewis Orchestra

Read "Spontaneity: Zinfandel Meets The Thad Jones / Mel Lewis Orchestra" reviewed by Kristen Lee Sergeant


Welcome to June's Jazz & Juice! So if last month we took a deeper look at things that might be familiar and formal (in prose, video, and podcast,) in this one we'll be celebrating the pleasures you can't plan for. Spontaneity There's no mistaking music that's truly of and in the moment. Virtuosity, organization, ...

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The Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra

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The Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra was a jazz big band formed by trumpeter Thad Jones and drummer Mel Lewis in New York in 1965. The band performed for twelve years in its original incarnation, including a 1972 tour of the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War. The band won a Grammy Award for the album Live in Munich and in 2009 for the album Monday Night Live at the Village Vanguard. The collaboration ended in 1978 with Jones suddenly moving to Copenhagen, Denmark, after which the band became the Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra. Since the death of Lewis in 1990 it has been known as the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

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Article: Album Review

Tim Hagans - NDR Big Band: A Conversation

Read "A Conversation" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Il trombettista Tim Hagans collabora da un ventennio con la NDR Big Band, distinguendosi non solo in veste di solista ma anche come compositore, orchestratore e direttore d'orchestra. In questo quarto album con l'ensemble di Amburgo presenta il suo lavoro più ambizioso, sperimentando nuove strutture orchestrali in perfetto equilibrio tra modelli tradizionali e libere esplorazioni della ...


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