THAD JONES / MEL LEWIS ORCHESTRA
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Near the end of 1965, harmonically advanced trumpeter/cornetist Thad Jones organized a big band with drummer Mel Lewis that from February 1966 onward played Monday nights at the Village Vanguard. During the next decade, the orchestra (although always a part-time affair) became famous and gave Jones an outlet for his writing.

He composed one standard ("A Child Is Born") along with many fine pieces, including "Fingers," "Little Pixie," and "Tiptoe." Among the sidemen in the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra (which started out as an all-star group and later on featured younger players) were trumpeters Bill Berry, Danny Stiles, Richard Williams, Marvin Stamm, Snooky Young, and Jon Faddis, trombonists Bob Brookmeyer, Jimmy Knepper, and Quentin Jackson, the reeds of Jerome Richardson, Jerry Dodgion, Eddie Daniels, Joe Farrell, Pepper Adams, and Billy Harper, pianists Hank Jones and Roland Hanna, and bassists Richard Davis and George Mraz.

In 1978, Jones surprised Lewis by
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Presenting Thad Jones / Mel Lewis and the Jazz Orchestra
Big Band 1966
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The Big Band Sound of Thad Jones/Mel Lewis featuring Miss Ruth Brown
Big Band 1968
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Central Park North
Big Band 1969
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Consummation
Big Band 1970
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Pot pourri
Big Band 1974
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Suite for Pops
Big Band 1975
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Greetings and Salutations
Big Band 1975
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New Life
Big Band 1976
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Thad Jones, Mel Lewis and UMO
Big Band 1978
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Thad Jones / Mel Lewis Orchestra* Thad Jones Mel Lewis ‎: Paris 1969 - Vol. 1
Big Band 1990

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Live at the Village Vanguard
Big Band 1967
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Monday Night
Big Band 1969
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Village Vanguard Live Sessions #3
Big Band 1970
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Live in Tokyo
Big Band 1974
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Thad Jones / Mel Lewis and Manuel De Sica
Big Band 1976
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Rhoda Scott In New York
Big Band 1976
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Live in Munich
Big Band 1977
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Live at the Airliner Lounge 1977
Hard Bop 1977
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Live At Jazz Jantar
Big Band 1978
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One More Time
Hard Bop 1978
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Thad Jones & Mel Lewis Orchestra - New Life: Beogradski Jazz Festival '78
Big Band 1979
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The Orchestra
Big Band 1990
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Live on Tour Switzerland
Big Band 1990
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Body and Soul
Big Band 1990
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Basel 1969
Big Band 1996
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Opening Night - Monday, February 7, 1966
Big Band 1997
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All My Yesterdays: The Debut 1966 Recordings At The Village Vanguard
Big Band 2016

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The Blue Note Re-Issue Series
Big Band 1975
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Body And Soul
Big Band 1993
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Presenting / Live At The Village Vanguard / The Big Band Sound
Big Band 2012

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