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A harmonically advanced trumpeter/cornetist with a unique sound, and a talented arranger/composer, Thad Jones (younger sibling of Hank and older sibling of Elvin) had an extremely productive profession. Self-taught on trumpet, he began playing skillfully with Hank Jones and Sonny Stitt when he was 16. After portion in the armed forces (1943-1946), Jones proved helpful in territory rings within the Midwest. During 1950-1953 he performed frequently with Billy Mitchell’s quintet in Detroit and he produced several recordings with Charles Mingus (1954-1955). Jones became well-known during his longer period (1954-1963) with Count number Basie’s Orchestra, going for a “Pop Runs the Weasel” chorus on “Apr in Paris,” and writing solo responsibilities with Joe Newman. While with Basie, Jones acquired the opportunity to create some agreements and he became a active freelance article writer after 1963. He became a member of the personnel of CBS, co-led a quintet with Pepper Adams, and close to the end of 1965, arranged a big music group with drummer Mel Lewis that from Feb 1966 on, performed Monday nights on the Community Vanguard. Through the following 10 years the orchestra (although generally a part-time affair) became well-known and provided Jones an electric outlet for his composing. He constructed one regular (“A KID EXISTS”) alongside many fine parts including “Fingertips,” “Small Pixie,” and “Tiptoe.” One of the sidemen within the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra (which began as an all-star group and down the road featured youthful players) had been trumpeters Costs Berry, Danny Stiles, Richard Williams, Marvin Stamm, Snooky Youthful, 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 amazed Lewis by instantly leaving the music group and shifting to Denmark, an actions he never described. He wrote for the radio orchestra and led his very own group known as Eclipse. In past due 1984 Jones overran the leadership from the Count number Basie Orchestra but in just a yr bad health pressured him to retire. Thad Jones documented as a innovator for Debut (1954-1955), Blue Notice, Period, United Performers, Roulette, Milestone, Solid Condition, Artists Home, A&M, Metronome, and several from the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra’s greatest recordings have already been reissued on the five-CD Mosaic package set.

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Full Name Thad Jones
Died August 20, 1986, Copenhagen, Denmark
Profession Composer, Trumpeter, Bandleader
Nationality American
Parents Olivia Jones, Henry Jones
Siblings Hank Jones, Elvin Jones
Music Groups The Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, Count Basie Orchestra
Music Songs It Was a Verry Good Year, A Child Is Born, Little Pixie, Jumpin' at the Woodside, Three and One, Hay Burner, Tip Toe, Swingin' the Blues, Shiny Stockings, Groove Merchant, Big Dipper, That's Freedom, I'm Beginning to See the Light, One O'Clock Jump, Consummation, Kids Are Pretty People, Don't Get Sassy, Honky Punk, Back Bone, Moten Swing, Ahunk Ahunk, Let Me See, Thedia, Switch in Time, It's Oh, So Nice, Just Friends, Send In the Clowns, Flight of the Foo Birds, Well Alright Okay You Win, Tow Away Zone, Blues in Frankie's Flat, That Warm Feeling
Albums The Magnificent Thad Jones, Detroit – New York Junction, Greetings and Salutations, Mad Thad, The Fabulous Thad Jones, After Hours, Thad Jones, Mel Lewis and UMO, Hear, O Israel - A Prayer Ceremony in Jazz, The Atomic Mr. Basie, All My Yesterdays: The Debut 1966 Recordings at the Village Vanguard, Sonny Rollins (Digitally Remastered), Opus De Blues, Holiday For Jazz, Live Sessions, Tribute to Bird and Monk, Thad Jones & Mel Lewis Orchestra, Mad Thad (feat. Elvin Jones / Jo Jones / Tommy Flanagan / Frank Foster) [Remastered 2017], After All - Ballads Only!, Three and One, The Legendary 1963-64 Sessions, Chazzanova, Rm Deluxe, Let's, Central Park North, Thad Jones / Mad Thad / Tip Toe, Thadrack, The Jazz Collection, Lust for Life, Mad Thad Jazz, Vol. 7, Classic Jones, Vol. 4: Thadrack, Olio / After Hours, The Village Vanguard, Consummation, Slipped Again, Vol. 3, The Magnificent Thad Jones (feat. Max Roach / Billy Mitchell / Barry Harris) [Remastered 2017], And the Danish Radio Big Band & Eclipse, Classic Jones, Vol. 3: The Magnificent, Christmas Bells Are Ringing, Fabulous, Empty Street, Vol. 1, Thad Jones, Broken Colour, Masterpieces Presents Thad Jones - 11 Greatest Jazz Hits

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1 Self-taught trumpet player. Co-leader with Mel Lewis of The Jazz Orchestra in the mid-1960's.
2 Brother of Elvin Jones and Hank Jones.



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People, People, People 1976 Short musician: fluegel horn - as Thad Jones Mel Lewis Band



Count Basie Orchestra in Japan 1986 TV Movie Himself

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