Thad Jones

Thaddeus Joseph Jones (March 28, 1923 - August 21, 1986) was an American jazz trumpeter, composer, and bandleader.

He was born in Pontiac, Michigan to a musical family of ten (an older brother was pianist Hank Jones and a younger brother was drummer Elvin Jones). Thad Jones was a self taught musician, performing professionally by the age of sixteen. He served in U.S. Army bands during World War II (1943-46).

After the war, Thad Jones continued his professional music career, eventually winding up with Count Basie in 1954, for whom he arranged, composed, and performed. He stayed with Basie for nine years. Thad achieved critical acclaim during this time, but not for his work with Basie. Much of Jones's music was stylistically original and didn't always fit in with the Basie group which he left in 1963. In the early sixties he became a free lance arranger and performer in the New York area.

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Albums

All My Yesterdays:  The Debut 1966 Recordings at the Village Vanguard
All My Yesterdays: ...
Resonance Records
2016
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All My Yesterdays
All My Yesterdays
Resonance Records
2016
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The Danish Radio Big Band & Eclipse
The Danish Radio Big...
Storyville Records
2013
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The Magnificent Thad Jones
The Magnificent Thad...
Blue Note Records
2011
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The Magnificent Thad...
Metronome
2006
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One More: The Summary - Music of Thad Jones, Vol. 2
One More: The Summary...
IPO Recordings
2006
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