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Thad(deus Joseph) Jones

(b Pontiac, MI, 28 March 1923; d Copenhagen, 20 Aug 1986). Cornetist, trumpeter, flugelhorn player, composer, and bandleader. He taught himself trumpet from about the age of 13, and by the time he was 16 was playing professionally with his older brother (1) Hank Jones, and in summer jobs with Sonny Stitt and Big Nick Nicholas. After performing in army bands (1943–6), with which he toured overseas, he worked in midwestern dance and show bands. From 1950 to 1953, apart from a period of touring in the show Larry Steele’s Smart Affairs, he appeared with his younger brother (3) Elvin Jones in Billy Mitchell’s jazz quintet in Detroit. Having deputized for Clark Terry in Count Basie’s big band in Boston for one week in 1952, Jones joined Basie from May 1954 through February 1963. Initially while with Basie he also worked in the Jazz Composers’ Workshop of Charles Mingus (1954–5), who produced Jones’s first sessions as a leader.

After leaving Basie, Jones worked with George Russell for about six months, and toured to Paris. On returning to New York he joined Gerry Mulligan’s band, which included Mel Lewis. At the Scene in New York in autumn 1964 Jones and Lewis led a group that included Pepper Adams, Jerry Dodgion, Quentin Jackson, and Benny Powell. From these experiences there emerged, in December 1965, the outstanding 18-piece Jones–Lewis band (see fig.1b) which, beginning in February 1966, played regularly on Monday nights at the Village Vanguard. This arrangement lasted for well over a decade and gave Jones ample opportunity to display his gifts as a conductor, composer, arranger, and flugelhorn soloist. Later the group performed in nightclubs, appeared at collegiate and festival concerts, and undertook tours of Japan, the USSR, and Europe. At various times its distinguished personnel included the trumpeters Bill Berry, Richard Williams, Snooky Young, Jimmy Maxwell, Jimmy Owens, Marvin Stamm, Danny Moore, Al Porcino, Cecil Bridgewater, Jon Faddis, Lew Soloff, Randy Brecker, and Waymon Reed; the trombonists Bob Brookmeyer, Jimmy Knepper, Garnett Brown, Jackson, Eddie Bert, Powell, and Janice Robinson; the saxophonists Jerome Richardson, Dodgion, Adams, Eddie Daniels, Lew Tabackin, Joe Farrell, Joe Temperley, Ed Xiques, Billy Harper, Frank Foster, and Greg Herbert; the pianists Roland Hanna, Mickey Tucker, Harold Danko, and Mike Wolff; and the bass players Richard Davis, George Mraz, Steve Gilmore, and Rufus Reid.

In 1979, after injuring his lip, Jones took up valve trombone. In that same year he ended his partnership with Lewis and settled in Denmark, having already worked there from 1977 to 1978 as the leader of the Radioens Big Band; he formed a new big band, the Thad Jones Eclipse, which recorded in 1979 and 1980. He returned to the USA early in 1985, following Basie’s death, to assume the leadership of the Count Basie Orchestra, a position he retained until February 1986.

Jones played cornet in the bop style with a compact, crisp tone, his improvised melodies often elaborating sequences with striking dissonances. With the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra he concentrated on performing sustained, lyrical melodies on flugelhorn. His compositions provided substantial, flexible opportunities for the band’s excellent soloists, and have become a staple in the repertory of school stage bands (by 1980 about 40 works by Jones had been published by D’Accord Music, New York). They cover a wide range of styles, exploring waltz rhythms (The waltz you swang for me, 1968), boogaloo and ballad combinations (Central Park North, 1969), swing with traditional riffs or unpredictable melodies (The Big Dipper, 1969; Tiptoe, 1970), bossa nova (It only happens every time, 1970), bop (Fingers, 1970), and jazz-rock (Greetings and Salutations, 1975–6). Scores by him are in the George P. Vanier Library of Concordia University, Montreal; see Libraries and archives, §2.
Principal publisher: Kendor.
* composed by Jones
As leader: The Fabulous Thad Jones (1954, Debut 12); The Magnificent Thad Jones (1956–7, BN 1527, 1546); Eclipse (1979, Met. 15652)
As leader with M. Lewis: Presenting Thad Jones–Mel Lewis and the Jazz Orchestra (1966, SolS 18003); Thad Jones–Mel Lewis Live at the Village Vanguard (1967, SolS 18016), incl. *Little Pixie; Monday Night (1968, SolS 18048), incl. *The waltz you swang for me; Central Park North (1969, SolS 18058), incl. *The Big Dipper, *Central Park North; Consummation (1970, BN 84346), incl. *Consummation, *Dedication, *Fingers, *It only happens every time, *Tiptoe; *Suite for Pops (1972, 1975, A&M Hor. 701); New Life (1975-6, A&M Hor. 707), incl. *Cherry Juice, *Greetings and Salutations; The Thad Jones–Mel Lewis Quartet (1977, AH 3)
As sideman: C. Basie: April in Paris (1955–6, Verve 8012); T. Monk: 5 by Monk by 5 (1959, Riv. 1150); E. Jones: Elvin! (1962, Riv. 9409); D. Gordon: Ca’ purange (1972, Prst. 10051)
Selected Films and Videos
Thad Jones and Mel Lewis (1969); Jazz in Piazza (1974)
N. Hentoff: “They’re all Talking about the Jones Boy,” DB, xxii/23 (1955), 9
B. Coss: “Thad Jones: Horn of Plenty,” DB, xxx/11 (1963), 16
D. Morgenstern: “The Big Bands: in New York . . . Signs of Life,” DB, xxxiii/8 (1966), 19
I. Gitler: “Thad’s Thing,” DB, xxxv/4 (1968), 18
L. Tomkins: “The Thad Jones Story,” CI, x (1972), no.10, p.20; no.11, p.14
M. Jones: “Thad – Dynamite,” MM (22 Sept 1973), 18
A. J. Smith: “Thad Jones Conducts an Interview,” DB, xli/20 (1974), 14
“Thad Jones Discography,” SJ, xxviii/2 (1974), 262
C. Carrière: “Groove Merchants: Thad Jones–Mel Lewis,” Jh, no.344 (1977), 11
C. Sheridan: “Greetings and Salutations,” JJI, xxxi/6 (1978), 6 [Jones–Lewis discography]
M. Gordon: Live at the Village Vanguard (New York, 1980/R1985)
C. Sheridan: “Thad Jones’ New Home, New Band, New ’Bone,” DB, xlvii/1 (1980), 14
B. Priestley: Mingus: a Critical Biography (London, Melbourne, Australia, and New York, 1982)
G. Giddins: “Basie’s Orchestra Lives on: Thad Jones Rattles no Bones,” VV, xxx (2 Dec 1985), 90
W. R. Stokes: “Thad Jones: at the Helm of the Basie Band,” JT (1985), June, 10
Obituary, J. Simmen, BHcF, no.348 (1987), 28
C. Deffaa: Swing Legacy (Metuchen, NJ, and London: 1989), 247
O. Curth: “Untersuchungen zu Big Band Arrangements von Thad Jones für das Thad Jones–Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra,” Jf, xxii (1990), 53
L. T. Petruzzi: Lead Trumpet Performance in the Thad Jones–Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra: an Analysis of Style and Performance Practices (diss., New York U., 1993)
© Oxford University Press 2007

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