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Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

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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Stuart Mack's Debut, 'Vibrations' Profoundly Reflects On Humanity In Music

Stuart Mack's Debut, 'Vibrations' Profoundly Reflects On Humanity In Music

Award-winning trumpeter and composer Stuart Mack releases Vibrations, a salient debut reflecting on the profoundly unifying and distinctly human nature of music Stuart Mack is a trumpeter and composer based in New York who is rapidly rising through the ranks of top-tier musicians. At a point in life where many people would just be starting their ...


Article: Album Review

Terell Stafford: Between Two Worlds

Read "Between Two Worlds" reviewed by Neil Duggan

Family is a major theme on Terell Stafford's Between Two Worlds, with compositions dedicated to his daughter, mother and wife. His band has been playing with him so long they must feel like family too. They include tenor and soprano saxophonist Tim Warfield, pianist Bruce Barth, drummer Johnathan Blake and bassist David Wong. In fact, Wong ...


Article: Liner Notes

Marshall Gilkes: Cyclic Journey

Read "Marshall Gilkes: Cyclic Journey" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Wonders never cease with Marshall Gilkes. Having previously reached extraordinary heights as a leader on a breakout quartet set, two standout quintet dates, a pair of essential releases with the WDR Big Band and one stunning trio album, this celebrated trombonist and composer now moves beyond known borders. Directing and fronting a sui generis assemblage merging ...

Results for pages tagged "Vanguard Jazz Orchestra"...


Vera Maia


For a long time Macarena Rocha composed and was leader of the collective Věra Maia (2010–2018). A trio/orchestra of indian tabla, trumpet and guitar & spanish vocals. Her music fused jazz with traditional ethnic music from the East and the Latin American healing-chants of Icarus, from the jungle. She's accompanied by Dhanvantri Dub (tabla) and Adrian Sage (trumpet) on Maianthemus (2015). By Juan Elgueda on tabla, Alejandro Pino on trumpet & flugelhorn, Cristian Gallardo on alto & tenor saxophone, Ignacio Hernández on electric guitar, sometimes on stage in a special concert mode "Hip soul jazzy". Then by Benjamín Saiz on drums & percussion, Javier Aguilar on bansuri & ethnic flutes, Fabrizio Labrín on electric guitar, Matias Donoso on bass, Juan Pablo Salvo on trumpet and Miguel Ángel Cortés on bassoon at last in a new huge group, with new arrangements, more free improvisation and much more artists; developing the hipfolkrocksoul and ethnic-rap style, in the Chilean scene for those years. Maianthemus had an excellent reception in Turkey and India, so the band received a lot of invitations to perform there.


Article: Interview

Migiwa Miyajima: The Colorful Journey Into Jazz

Read "Migiwa Miyajima: The Colorful Journey Into Jazz" reviewed by Jane Kozhevnikova

Migiwa “Miggy" Miyajima is a Japanese, New York-based composer, producer, and pianist. As a producer, she has received multiple Grammy nominations. Her list of awards includes the 2021 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) Creative Engagement grant and Restart NY grant, 2020 New York City's NYC Women's Fund For Media, Music, and Theatre grant, 2020-2021 Asian American ...


Article: Catching Up With

Michael Weiss: Soul Journey

Read "Michael Weiss: Soul Journey" reviewed by Luke Seabright

Bebop is a complex craft, and like all crafts the only way to get any good at it is by learning from those who mastered it before you. Jamming through the night, getting on to that bandstand and firing away your best improvised lines, jousting with your partners (be they friends or strangers) like in the ...


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Take Five with Pete Coco

Read "Take Five with Pete Coco" reviewed by Pete Coco

About Pete Coco A mainstay on the New York jazz scene, bassist Pete Coco recently released his debut album as a leader, Lined with a Groove, featuring drummer Matt Wilson and pianist Sullivan Fortner. The LP is an homage to his mentors and influences, with fresh arrangements of tunes by bassists including Ron Carter, ...


Article: Album Review

Jim McNeely: Barefoot Dances and Other Visions

Read "Barefoot Dances and Other Visions" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

When today's top composer-arrangers of large ensemble jazz are discussed, Jim McNeely's name sometimes gets overlooked. He deserves the recognition. He's been a long- time associate of the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra and its descendant, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, and he's also done a lot of work with several European big bands. It could be ...


Article: Catching Up With

Michael Weiss: Building an Identity

Read "Michael Weiss: Building an Identity" reviewed by Luke Seabright

Michael Weiss is a jazz pianist and composer. His mastery of the hard bop style (he cites Horace Silver as one of his greatest influences), as well as his breadth of experience accompanying some of jazz's most acclaimed soloists, have made him a key figure in the New York jazz scene. His long-standing association with saxophonist ...


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