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Thad Jones, Mel Lewis and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra 

by Dave Lisik and Eric Allen is a new book celebrating the half-century legacy of the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra.

"Any fan of the orchestra simply has to own 50 Years At The Village Vanguard, the definitive book by Dave Lisik and Eric Allen, two musicians and educators who clearly love this big band."

Scott Yanow

"This erudite work—for which Allen and Lisik supplemented extensive archival research...blends the graphic extravagance of a sumptuous coffee-table book with the textual rigor of a catalogue raisonné in tracing the musical path of New York’s nonpareil Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and the milieu in which it flourished."


"Such a legacy deserves nothing but the finest documentation and indeed that is exactly what it gets.  This book is a must-own for any fan of this ensemble."

All About Jazz

"Eric and Dave exceeded the imagination of every member, historian and personality associated with the band."

Luis Bonilla, VJO trombone

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