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Thad Jones / Mel Lewis Orchestra

Band, *1966 US, New York City

The Thad Jones / Mel Lewis Orchestra is co-leaded by the trumpeter Thad Jones and the drummer Mel Lewis If only the leaders are mentioned at the front cover, please make sure to credit the orchestra at the credit section. The orchestra came into existence as a rehearsal band around 1965.The first public appearance was at the Village Vanguard jazzclub NYC in 1967 where the legendary Monday Night Concert series started. The band performed ca 12 years in the original incarnation and had world wide tours with several stays at Domicile, Munich, in the '70ies, recorded by Radio Bavaria. In 1978 Thad moved to Copenhagen (Denmark). The band was continued by the remaining leader Mel Lewis, then as The Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra. After the death of Mel Lewis in 1990 the orchestra was continued under the name The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. Trombonist John Mosca is responsible for the band at the moment. The Monday Night sessions at the Village Vanguard are continued

PortraitSteve Coleman
as *1956 US
PortraitJon Faddis
tr *1953 US
PortraitJerry Dodgion
as, fl *1932 US
PortraitQuentin Jackson
tb 1909-1976 US
PortraitJimmy Knepper
tb 1927-2003 US
PortraitGeorge Mraz
b *1944 US
Buddy Lucas
h 1914-1983 US
PortraitClifford Adams
tb, bvoc 1952-2015 US
PortraitPepper Adams
bs, sax 1930-1986 US
PortraitMel Lewis
dr 1929-1990 US
PortraitHarold Danko
p *1947 US
PortraitThad Jones
tr 1923-1986 US
PortraitLarry Schneider
ts, ss *1938 US
PortraitAl Porcino
tr 1925-2013 DE
PortraitCecil Bridgewater
tr, fh *1942 US
PortraitCharles Davis
bs *1933 US
Ron Bridgewater
PortraitEarl Gardner
tr *1950 US
PortraitEarl McIntyre
tb, tu US
PortraitBilly Harper
ts, fl *1943 US
Jim Bossy
Cliff Heather
PortraitEd Xiques
as, fl, ss
PortraitJohn Mosca
PortraitGregory Herbert
fl, ts 1947-1978 US
Billy Campbell
PortraitJesper Lundgaard
b *1954 US
Stephen Furtado
Marvin Halladay
PortraitLynn Nicholson
PortraitBob Bowman
Ashley Fannell
Dick Bienenfeld

Band Membership

Title Artist Year Type
All My YesterdaysThad Jones / Mel Lewis Orchestra2016Album
The Complete Poland Concerts 1976 & 1978Thad Jones / Mel Lewis Orchestra2009Compil.
Holland Festival 1976 - Roermond 1974Thad Jones / Mel Lewis Orchestra2008Album
in EuropeThad Jones / Mel Lewis Orchestra2007Compil.
Ralph J Gleason's Jazz CasualThad Jones / Mel Lewis Orchestra / Woody Herman And The Swingin' Herd2001Compil.
Jazz Collection OrchestraThad Jones / Mel Lewis Orchestra1999Album
The Second RaceThad Jones / Mel Lewis Orchestra1999Album
The Groove MerchantThad Jones / Mel Lewis Orchestra1999Album
Opening NightThad Jones / Mel Lewis Orchestra1997Album
Village Vanguard Live SessionsThad Jones / Mel Lewis Orchestra1997Album
Live In TokyoThad Jones / Mel Lewis Orchestra1997Album
Basle, 1969Thad Jones / Mel Lewis Orchestra1996Album
New York City, Autumn 1975Thad Jones / Mel Lewis Orchestra1995Album
The Complete Solid State Recordings Of The Thad Jones/Mel Lewis OrchestraThad Jones / Mel Lewis Orchestra1994Compil.
Body And SoulThad Jones / Mel Lewis Orchestra1993Compil.
Body And Soul Live In Berlin October 1978Thad Jones / Mel Lewis Orchestra1993Album
A Touch Of ClassThad Jones / Mel Lewis Orchestra1992Album
Body And SoulThad Jones / Mel Lewis Orchestra1990Album
The OrchestraThad Jones / Mel Lewis Orchestra1990Album
Paris 1969 - Vol. 1Thad Jones / Mel Lewis Orchestra1990Album
Joe WilliamsJoe Williams, Thad Jones / Mel Lewis Orchestra1990Compil.
Rhoda Scott A New-YorkRhoda Scott + Thad Jones / Mel Lewis Orchestra1982Album
Live At Jazz JantarThad Jones / Mel Lewis Orchestra1978Album
It Only Happens Every TimeMonica Zetterlund, Thad Jones / Mel Lewis Orchestra1978Album
Ahunk AhunkThad Jones / Mel Lewis Orchestra1970Single
Monday NightThad Jones / Mel Lewis Orchestra1969Album
Central Park NorthThad Jones / Mel Lewis Orchestra1969Album
LiveThad Jones / Mel Lewis Orchestra1967Album
Night Time Is The Right Time (To Be With The One You Love)Joe Williams, Thad Jones / Mel Lewis Orchestra1966Single
Hawaii / Sophisticated LadyThad Jones / Mel Lewis OrchestraSingle
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