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THAD and MEL and the VJO

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April 14, 2005

To: Listings/Critics/Features From: JAZZ PROMO SERVICES Press Contact: JIM EIGO, jazzpromo@earthlink.net





THE VANGUARD JAZZ ORCHESTRA THAD JONES/MEL LEWIS 40 YEARS AFTER

A week-long tribute to Thad Jones and Mel Lewis at the Village Vanguard. Special guests will include Slide Hampton, Jon Faddis and Tom Harrell. The week will also include premiers of new music, archival finds and a preview of the new VJO/Jim McNeely CD.

Monday May 9, 2005 THE DEFINITIVE THAD JONES An All Thad Jones night featuring music that defined a new era of big band jazz composition and redefined the importance of the jazz orchestra.

Tuesday May 10, 2005 FROM THE BOOK Tuesday night will showcase the depth and diversity of the VJO book and feature Slide Hampton as guest artist performing music from the VJO’s GRAMMY award winning CD The Way, Music of Slide Hampton.

Wednesday May 11, 2005 MOVING FORWARD Wednesday night will focus on Brookmeyer’s contribution to the orchestra and feature Tom Harrell as guest artist.

Thursday May 12, 2005 CONTINUING THE LEGACY Thursday night will feature the VJOs collection of Jim McNeely compositions including music from the GRAMMY nominated CD Lickety Split, premiers of new compositions commissioned by the band and a preview of the new VJO/Jim McNeely CD.

Friday and Saturday – May 13 and 14 2005 THE BAND Two nights of classic and adventurous big band music with special guests, rare musical treats, world premiers and music from the VJOs award winning, GRAMMY nominated recordings.

Sunday, May 15, 2005 THAD JONES LEGACY Thirty years ago a large number of Thad Jones arrangements were considered lost forever. Thanks to generous support from the American Music Center, the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences the lost music is back in the book. The Sunday night finale will focus on the rediscovered music of Thad Jones.

ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Friday, May 6 – 2005 – 3:00 p.m. - BY INVITATION An afternoon workshop/performance program for high school students and high school jazz ensemble directors at LaGuardia High School of the Arts in Manhattan. The workshop will focus on the lost Thad Jones Music include students and teachers from school music programs in the Hudson Valley (Greene, Columbia and Ulster Counties).

VJO @ CUNY JAZZ FESTIVAL 2005 A Celebration of Jazz and Jazz education presented by the Simon H. Rifkind Center for the Humanities and The Department of Music at the City College of New York . Thursday, May 12 – 2005 at 6:00 p.m. – FREE ADMISSION The City College Jazz Orchestra with special guests Rich Perry and Scott Wendholt from the VJO.

Friday, May 13 – 2005 – 4:00 p.m. – FREE ADMISSION An afternoon workshop/performance program as part of CUNY Jazz Festival 2005 at City College of New York.

Friday, May 13 – 2005 at 6:00 p.m. – FREE ADMISSION The VJO performs a free concert at City College prior to their 9:00 p.m. downbeat at the Village Vanguard

Thomas Bellino Planet Arts (518) 945-2669 (917) 699-5339 www.PlanetArts.org

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