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The Very Thought of 50-Plus Years of Jazz: The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

The full and engaging sound of an iconic musical skyscraper like the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra (once the Thad Jones & Mel Lewis Orchestra) is alive and well, winning new fans to the genre while reminding audiences everywhere how timelessly hip... Continue Reading →

New Book Covers First Half-Century of Swingin’ Sound in New York City

50 Years at the Village Vanguard: Thad Jones, Mel Lewis and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra by David Lisik and Eric Allen (2017, Skydeck Music) A joyful onslaught of graphics, photos and posters; sidebars, indented quotes and other neat features add... Continue Reading →

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