This band has had several variations on the name "Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Big Band/Orchestra" in its 40 year history, but is most widely known by the name "Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra" (original name). The band is currently named the "Vanguard Jazz Orchestra"
The Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra was a jazz big band formed by trumpeter Thad Jones and drummer Mel Lewis around 1965. The band performed for twelve years in its original incarnation, and included a 1972 tour of the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War. The band won a 1978 Grammy Award for the album Live in Munich. The collaboration ended in 1978 with Jones suddenly moving to Copenhagen, Denmark, after which the band became the Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra. Since the death of Lewis in 1990 it has been known as the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. They have maintained a Monday-night residency at the Village Vanguard for four decades.Continue reading at Wikipedia...
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