The Thad Jones Mel Lewis Big Band

(April 1968)

“Jazz Casual”

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The “Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Big Band” are featured on “Jazz Casual” during the late 1960s.

The band organized by Thad Jones and Me Lewis in 1965 bearing their names, remained with its original members intact for the next twelve years. The popular orchestra would tour the Soviet Union in 1972.

In 1977 Thad Jones unexpectedly made a sudden move to Copenhagen, Demark relinquishing complete control of the group to percussionist and co-leader Mel Lewis who continued to direct the assembly until his death in 1990.

Set List: 

1 “Just Blues”
2 “St. Louis Blues”
3 “Kids Are Pretty People”


Thad Jones, flugelhorn
Snooky Young, trumpets
Richard Williams,
Randy Brecker,
Danny Moore,
Bob Brookmeyer, trombones
Garnett Brown,
Jimmy Knepper,
Benny Powell,
Jerome Richardson, tenor sax
Seldon Powell, tenor sax
Jerry Dodgion, alto sax
Eddie Daniels, clarinet & alto sax
Pepper Adams, baritone sax & clarinet
Roland Hanna piano
Richard Davis, bass
Mel Lewis, drums


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