Personalities | Thad Jones | Seventies | Jazz & Blues

(Flugelhorn, cornet, valve trombone, 1923–86)

The middle brother in Detroit’s musical Jones family, Thad Jones joined older sibling Hank at age 16 and, after wartime service, played with younger brother Elvin in Billy Mitchell’s band. He rose to prominence with Count Basie during a nine-year tenure (1954–63), but he became best known for the 13-year period in which he co-led a big band with drummer Mel Lewis every Monday night at New York’s Village Vanguard. In 1979 Jones moved to Denmark, where he formed the Thad Jones Eclipse.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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