On the Inside: The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

Alex Stewart

in Making the Scene

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2007 | ISBN: 9780520249530
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520940161 | DOI:
On the Inside: The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

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This chapter goes inside a big band, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra (VJO), to experience musicianship from the vantage point of each chair. The traditions of the VJO, the longest-lived contemporary New York big band, began in the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra and have continued to evolve over four decades of performances. Members and their substitutes constitute a formidable network of musicians, active in a large number of New York bands, as well as the Broadway theater and recording industries.

Keywords: VJO; Vanguard Jazz Orchestra; big band; Thad Jones; Mel Lewis; Broadway theater; New York

Chapter.  12571 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music

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