In response to the recent Rifftides recommendation of the new album by the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Bill Kirchner sent a link to video featuring the VJO’s progenitor. About the clip of the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis band in Belgium, in 1973, Bill writes:
So-so, though acceptable, sound, but great playing and interesting camera work. Note the repair tag hanging from Knepper’s trombone.
The program includes one of Brookmeyer’ greatest arrangements and three pieces composed and arranged by Jones.
1. “Us” (Thad Jones)
2. “Willow Weep For Me” (Ann Ronell, arr. Bob Brookmeyer)
3. “61st and Rich’ id” (Thad Jones)
4. “A Child Is Born” (Thad Jones)
Thad Jones, cornet; Roland Hanna, piano; George Mraz, bass; Mel Lewis, drums;
saxophones (l to r): Billy Harper, Ed Xiques, Jerry Dodgion, Ron
Bridgewater, Pepper Adams;
trombones (l to r): Cliff Heather (bass trombone), Jimmy Knepper,
Billy Campbell, Steve Turre;
trumpets (l to r): Jim Bossy, Jon Faddis, Steve Furtado, Cecil Bridgewater.
Mr. Kirchner informs us that he will be one of the speakers and players (soprano saxophone) at tomorrow evening’s memorial service for trumpeter Joe Wilder at St. Peter’s Church in Manhattan, New York City. The service will begin at 6 PM. It is scheduled to end at 9:30, but with the long roster of prominent musicians invited to perform, holding to the time frame will be a challenge. A few more of the three dozen expected are Bill Charlap, Barry Harris, Dick Hyman, Kenny Washington, Jimmy Heath, Urbie Green, Wynton Marsalis, Warren Vaché and Wycliff Gordon.