The Jazz Show Episode March 28, 2011

Broadcast on 28-Mar-2011

9:00pm - 12:00am

Thad Jones was better known as a bandleader/composer arranger but he was also a magnificent trumpeter. Thad was from the famous Detroit Jones family that produced older brother Hank, the great pianist and the youngest brother, Elvin, one of the most innovative of Jazz drummers. Thad, born in Pontiac, Michigan on March 28, 1923 was the "middle brother". Thad was 63 when he passed away in his adopted city of Copenhagen on August 21, 1986 at age 63. This album celebrates his birthday and is his first in a series he did for the Blue Note label. It's called "Detroit-New York Junction" and it features Thad with fellow Detroiters, Billy Mitchell (tenor saxophone), Kenny Burrell (guitar), Tommy Flanagan (piano) with New Yorkers, Oscar Pettiford on bass and the great unsung drummer Rossiere "Shadow" Wilson. The 5 tunes include two standards and 3 Jones' originals. The album gives us generous portions of Thad's original and unique trumpet playing. Charles Mingus called Thad "Bartok with valves". Happy Birthday Mr. Jones....I'm sure you are now enjoying the company of your brothers in Jazz Heaven.

Track Listing:

Thelonious Monk · 5 By Monk By 5
Straight No Chaser
I Mean You
Big 12
Wynton Marsalis · Jazz At Lincoln Center
Smooth in the Night
Buleria El Portalon
A Night in Tunisia
Phineas Newborn Jr. · Finus in Italy
Bag's Groove
Ah-That's Freedom!
Thad Jones/Mel Lewis · The Jones/Lewis
Come Sunday
Orchestra in Europe
Don't Get Sassy
Blue Room
Thad Jones · Detroit-New York
Little Girl Blue