Svetlana Ilicheva, our occasional Moscow correspondent, sent photographs made during the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra’s 1972 Russian tour. She reports that the Moscow photohistorian Raf Avakov has retained a number of Vladimir Sadkovkin’s pictures of that visit. With their permission, here are two of them.
Lewis, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Jones at a Mocow concert
A glorious mob scene at a USA-USSR jam session. Trumpeter Valery Ponomarev on the left, Pepper Adams on the right. Next to Adams, the late Andrei Tovmasyan, a renowned Russian trumpeter.
This provides an excuse, if we need one, to bring you the Jones-Lewis band in 1968, a few years before their Russian expedition. In the video, Mr. Jones announces the name of the piece, which he composed and arranged. The soloists are Danny Moore, trumpet; Pepper Adams, baritone saxophone; Roland Hanna, piano; and Mel Lewis, drums.
Composer/Arranger/Conductor/Flugelhorn: Thad Jones.
Saxes/Woodwinds: Jerome Richardson (lead), Jerry Dodgion, Joe Henderson, Eddie Daniels, Pepper Adams.
Trumpets: Al Porcino (Lead), Richard Williams, Snooky Young, Danny Moore
Trombones: Eddie Bert (lead), Jimmy Knepper, Garnett Brown, Cliff Heather (bass tro.).
Rhythm: Roland Hanna (piano), Richard Davis (bass), Mel Lewis (drums, co-leader).
1968, Village Vanguard, New York City. (Oops. Not so. See the first comment below.)