Thad Jones (1923-1986)

Santa Barbara

Vacationing in Santa Barbara, Ojai and environs does not preclude observing Thad Jones's 90th birthday. There's no better way to do that than with Thad conducting the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra's extraordinary version of Jerome Richardson's "The Groove Merchant." This is from a European tour probably in the fall of 1969—not '68, as YouTube indicates. The reed section: Joe Henderson, Jerry Dodgion, Jerome Richardson, Eddie Daniels, Pepper Adams. Trumpets: Snooky Young, Danny … [Read more...]