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March 28, 2019

Jazz Note’s Detroit Birthday Profile: Trumpeter/Band Leader Thad Jones





The Thad Jones Mel Lewis Big Band, 1970  (You Tube)



One of the world’s great music centers, Metro-Detroit, has been the home of so many important musical artists over the years representing several genres. The multi-talented Thad Jones was a member of the musical Jones family from Pontiac, Michigan which also included two other Jazz Greats: Pianist, composer Hank Jones and iconic drummer, Elvin Jones.



Thaddeus Joseph Jones was born March 28, 1923, and died in Copenhagen, Denmark August 20, 1986. He was known all over the world as a Jazz composer, arranger, bandleader, as well as a virtuoso trumpet and flugelhorn player, and cornetist.



His amazing career spanned more than sixty years and associated him with such bands and orchestras as those led by some of the most influential and well-respected bands in Jazz including Count Basie, Herbie Hancock, Thelonious Monk and his own highly revered Thad Jones/ Mel Lewis Orchestra.



The Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra was a Jazz big band formed by trumpeter Thad Jones and drummer Mel Lewis in New York in 1965. The band performed for twelve years in its original incarnation, including a 1972 tour of the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War. (Wikipedia)



In January 1979, Thad Jones suddenly moved to Copenhagen, Denmark, where several other U.S. jazz musicians had gone to live as expatriates. There he became the leader of The Danish Radio Big Band which he transformed into one of the world’s best Jazz bands. We recently discussed in our blog how many Jazz artists have moved to Europe where they felt the music received more respect and financial support.



Thad Jones was an extremely prolific artist and recorded more than 24 albums with Count Basie’s orchestra as well as recording four LPs with his younger brother Elvin Jones and one with his older brother, Hank Jones. Other leading artists he played and recorded with during his impressive career included Lou Donaldson, Dexter Gordon, Coleman Hawkins, Milt Jackson, and many others.  Thad Jones also recorded for such major Jazz labels as A&M, Blue Note, Debut and others.




Detroit Public Radio mainstay, Judy Adams, is a pianist, composer and musicologist who hosts a Jazz and contemporary music show on CJAM 99.1FM and guest hosts on WRCJ 90.9FM. She made her mark at WDET 101.9FM where she was program director and daily on-air music host for more than 30 years.




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