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Thad Jones

tr, 1923-1986 US, Pontiac, Michigan
Musician / Composer / Arranger of Jazz
A.k.a. Thaddeus Joseph Jones Oliver King

American trumpeter, cornetist, french horn player, composer, and arranger. Born March 28, 1923, in Pontiac, Michigan, USA; died of cancer on August, 21, 1986, in Copenhagen, Denmark. His elder brother is pianist Hank Jones, and his young brother is drummer Elvin Jones. He performed in Arcadia Club Band at age sixteen; 1941 performed in Connie Connell's band; served in U.S. Army 1943-1946; worked with the band of Charles Young (circa 1946-1948); led own quintet in Detroit; worked in the bands of Candy Johnson and Jimmy Taylor; performed at Blue Bird Inn, Detroit 1952-1954; joined the Count Basie Band in 1954 and performed with Charles Mingus Jazz Workshop; left the Basie Band and in 1963 worked briefly as a CBS staff arranger; co-led Thad Jones / Mel Lewis Orchestra 1965-1978; led the Danish Radio Orchestra and taught at the Royal Conservatory; 1980 taught Jazz Seminar in Barcelona, Spain; rejoined the Basie Band in 1985.

  • Trumpet
  • Flugelhorn
  • Cornet
  • Jazz
  • Pop
  • Blues
Popular Tracks   
April In Paris - 2007 Remaster/Rudy Van Gelder Edition on The Magnificent Thad Jones by Thad Jones
Stardust on Milestones of a Jazz Legend - Sarah Vaughan, Vol. 6 by Sarah Vaughan
Us - Remixed & Remastered 1994 on Consummation by Thad Jones & Mel Lewis
The Groove Merchant (Live) [1994 Remaster] on Central Park North by Thad Jones & Mel Lewis
Tariff - Rudy Van Gelder Edition/2006 Digital Remaster on Detroit-New York Junction by Thad Jones
Bossa Nova Ova on Mean What You Say by Thad Jones & Pepper Adams Quintet
Something To Remember You By - Remastered/Rudy Van Gelder Edition on The Magnificent Thad Jones by Thad Jones
Get Out Of My Life Woman on Droppin' Science by Various Artists
I've Got A Crush On You on The Magnificent Thad Jones Vol.3 by Thad Jones
If I Love Again - 2007 Digital Remaster/Rudy Van Gelder Edition on The Magnificent Thad Jones by Thad Jones

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Title Artist Year Type
The Complete Albums Collection 1954-1959Thad Jones2017Compil.
The Songs Of Bessie Smith & It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That SwingTeresa Brewer With Count Basie And Thad Jones & Duke Ellington2015Compil.
Seven Classic AlbumsThad Jones2012Compil.
Presenting Thad Jones, Mel Lewis & "The Jazz Orchestra" / Live At The Village Vanguard / The Big Band Sound Of Thad Jones & Mel Lewis Featuring Miss Ruth BrownThad Jones & Mel Lewis2012Compil.
The Legendary 1963-64 SessionsJames Moody / Thad Jones2007Compil.
Carmen McRae & FriendsCarmen McRae, Thad Jones, Cat Anderson, Joe Williams2000Compil.
Live At MidemCarmen McRae With Thad Jones And Cat Anderson2000Album
The Complete Blue Note/UA/Roulette Recordings Of Thad JonesThad Jones1997Compil.
OlioThad Jones - Frank Wess - Teddy Charles - Mal Waldron - Doug Watkins - Elvin Jones1996Album
Body & SoulCarmen McRae Featuring Thad Jones, Cat Anderson1993Compil.
North Sea Jazz Sessions Volume 1Dizzy Gillespie / Thad Jones / Art Farmer / Conte Candoli With Louis Van Dyke Trio1992Album
The Bop RebellsSonny Rollins, Sonny Stitt, Thad Jones1992Compil.
Jones Inc.Thad Jones1991Compil.
Minor StrainLee Morgan / Thad Jones1990Compil.
Way-Out BasieThad Jones & Count Basie Orchestra1987Album
Caterina Valente '86 & The Count Basie OrchestraCaterina Valente And Count Basie Orchestra Arranged & Conducted By Thad Jones1986Album
Summit MeetingJohn Coltrane, Thad Jones1982Compil.
After HoursThad Jones, Kenny Burrell, Frank Wess, Mal Waldron, Paul Chambers, Art Taylor, Teddy Charles, Doug Watkins, Elvin Jones1982Compil.
Thad Jones & Charles MingusThad Jones, Charles Mingus1981Compil.
EclipseThad Jones1980Album
A Good Time Was Had By AllDanish Radio Big Band And Thad Jones1979Album
By Jones, I Think We've Got ItDanish Radio Big Band And Thad Jones1978Album
A Tribute To Monk And BirdThad Jones / George Adams / George Lewis / Stanley Cowell / Reggie Workman / Lenny White / Heiner Stadler1978Album
Jazz All Stars - Volume OneLionel Hampton, Coleman Hawkins, J.J. Johnson, Clark Terry, Hank Jones, Osie Johnson, Thad Jones, Lucky Thompson1977Compil.
Thad And AuraThad Jones & Aura Rully1977Album
Group TherapyJames Moody, Thad Jones & Art Farmer1976Compil.
Rhoda Scott In New YorkRhoda Scott Orchestra Under The Direction Of Thad Jones Special Guest Mel Lewis1976Album
Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Teresa Brewer, Thad JonesDuke Ellington, Count Basie, Teresa Brewer, Thad Jones1976Compil.
Greetings And SalutationsThad Jones, Radiojazzgruppen Featuring Mel Lewis And Jon Faddis1975Album
Six Faces Of JazzBen Webster, Memphis Slim, Sonny Rollins, Thad Jones, Jimmy Witherspoon, Gerry Mulligan1972Compil.
Presenting Thad Jones - Mel Lewis And The Jazz OrchestraThad Jones - Mel Lewis And The Jazz Orchestra1966Single
A Little JuicyThe Billy Mitchell Quintet Feat. Thad Jones1964Album
Stitt Goes LatinSonny Stitt Featuring Willie Bobo, Thad Jones, Carlos "Patato" Valdes, Chick Corea, Chihuahua1963Album
Stitt Goes LatinSonny Stitt Featuring Willie Bobo, Thad Jones, Carlos "Patato" Valdes, Chick Corea, Chihuahua1963Album
Motor City SceneThad Jones, Billy Mitchell, Al Grey, Tommy Flanagan, Paul Chambers, Elvin Jones1959Album
OlioThad Jones - Frank Wess - Teddy Charles - Mal Waldron - Doug Watkins - Elvin Jones1958Single
OlioThad Jones - Frank Wess - Teddy Charles - Mal Waldron - Doug Watkins - Elvin Jones, The Prestige All Stars1957Album
After HoursThad Jones / Kenny Burrell / Frank Wess / Mal Waldron / Paul Chambers / Art Taylor1957Album
Mad ThadThad Jones1957Album
Detroit-New York JunctionThad Jones1956Album
Swing's The ThingTerry Gibbs, Thad Jones, Frank Rosolino1956Compil.
The Magnificent Thad JonesThad Jones1956Album
Thad JonesThad Jones1956Compil.
April In Paris / If Someone Had Told MeThad Jones1956Single
The Magnificent Thad Jones Volume 3Thad Jones1956Album
Jazz Collaborations, Vol. ICharles Mingus, Thad Jones1955Album
Jazz Collaborations, Vol. ICharles Mingus, Thad Jones1955Single
The Fabulous Thad JonesThad Jones1954Album
Vol.2Thad Jones1954Album
New Sounds In Modern MusicThe Billy Mitchell Quintet Featuring The Trumpet Of Thad JonesSingle
I Giganti Del Jazz Vol. 64Duke Ellington / Thad Jones / Kenny Dorham / Howard McGheeCompil.
The Fabulous Thad Jones Vol. 1Thad Jones, Frank Wess, Charles Mingus, Hank Jones, Kenny ClarkeSingle
Jazz Collaborations Vol. 2Thad Jones, Charles MingusSingle
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