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 suddenly leaving the band and moving to Denmark, an action he never explained. He wrote for a radio orchestra and led his own group, called Eclipse. In late 1984, Jones took over the leadership of the Count Basie Orchestra but within a year, bad health forced him to retire. ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi

Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra - Live at the Village Vanguard (1967) {Full Album}
Thad Jones & Mel Lewis Big Band 1970
Thad Jones Mel Lewis Big Band In Norway 1974
Thad Jones & Mel Lewis - The Groove Merchant (1968)
Thad Jones & Mel Lewis Big Band 1970
Thad Jones - Mel Lewis Orchestra (April 22, 1968) - Jazz Casual
Thad Jones- Mel Lewis & Manuel De Sica and The Jazz Orchestra (1976) (Full Album)
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