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The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra is the current title for a band that began life as the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra in 1966 and has performed continuously ever since. The story is familiar but bears repeating that in 1966 cornetist, composer, arranger, Thad Jones and drummer Mel Lewis founded a band in New York. Having settled in New York after leaving their respective touring jobs with Basie and Kenton, Thad and Mel along with many of their colleagues needed an outlet for their creative energies and relief from the tedium of the studio work. With a handful of arrangements they approached legendary club owner Max Gordon and were booked at the Village Vanguard for 3 Mondays in February

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Introducing Paul Nedzela... Jazz At Lincoln Center Baritone Saxophonist Steps Out with July 12 Release

Introducing Paul Nedzela... Jazz At Lincoln Center Baritone Saxophonist Steps Out with July 12 Release

Introducing Paul Nedzela featuring Dan Nimmer, David Wong and Aaron Kimmel (Outside In Music Records). Introducing... is Paul Nedzela's debut album showcasing his unique sound and take on some jazz standards as well as several originals. Paul has established himself on the stage as one of the leading musicians on his instrument. This album is his ...

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The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra: OverTime: Music Of Bob Brookmeyer

Label: Planet Arts Records
Released: 2014
Track listing: The Big Time; Suite For Three: Oatts, Scott, Rich; XYZ; Skylark; At The Corner Of Ralph And Gary; Sad Song.

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Article: Extended Analysis

The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra: OverTime: Music Of Bob Brookmeyer

Read "The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra: OverTime: Music Of Bob Brookmeyer" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Trumpeter Thad Jones and drummer extraordinaire Mel Lewis may have given birth to the band that's now known as The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, but the late Bob Brookmeyer gave the group artistic independence at a time when it was sorely needed. When Jones left the fold and departed for Europe at the tail ...

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The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra: Forever Lasting - Live in Tokyo

Read "Forever Lasting - Live in Tokyo" reviewed by Edward Blanco


The Thad Jones / Mel Lewis Orchestra, the New York big band founded in 1966, loved to tour Japan resulting in its popular 1974 release of Live In Tokyo (Denon). Continuing the tradition of playing Monday nights at New York's Village Vanguard, as well as performing in Japan, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra--as the Thad Jones / ...

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Article: Album Review

Walt Weiskopf: Walt Weiskopf: Quartet Live

Read "Walt Weiskopf: Quartet Live" reviewed by Doron Orenstein


Besides being the tenor man onstage with Steely Dan, Walt Weiskopf is first and foremost a prolific solo artist. With over 15 critically acclaimed recordings as a leader, Walt is not one to rest on laurels collected over the course of years, playing alongside legends such as Buddy Rich, Frank Sinatra, Toshiko Akiyoshi, and The Vanguard ...

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The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra Summer Program in Italy

The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra Summer Program in Italy

THE VANGUARD JAZZ ORCHESTRA SUMMER INTENSIVE WORKSHOP/PERFORMANCE PROGRAM IN ASSISI, ITALY FOR STUDENTS, MUSICIANS AND EDUCATORS The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra will be setting up residence in the hills of Assisi this summer from July 10 through July 15 The orchestras summer home will be open to students, musicians and educators from all over the world and ...

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News: Recording

New CD from the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

New CD from the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra's new CD Monday Night Live At The Village Vanguard On Planet Arts Recordings AVAILABLE NOW AT: PlanetArts.org and vanguardjazzorchestra.com One of the most enduring jazz ensembles in the history of the art form continues to contribute to the jazz canon and advance the language of music. Over four decades after the Thad ...

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Article: Album Review

The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra: Can I Persuade You?

Read "Can I Persuade You?" reviewed by Jack Bowers


The title song on the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra's latest album was written by the late Julie Cavadini whose untimely passing at age thirty--one in 1988 deprived the Jazz world of one of its more promising big--band composers. Cavadini, to whose memory the album is dedicated, also wrote the lovely and harmonically radiant “Simple Wish," another of ...


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