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Jazz Currents Thad Jones

Mar 23, 2016

In our second “Jones Brothers” episode, we hear from trumpeter, composer, arranger and bandleader, Thad Jones.   

Simon Powis

The Juilliard String Quartet, now in its 70th season, will appear on the Fontana series on March 18. Cara Lieurance previews the concert with Joseph Lin, the first violinist of the renowned group.


It is rare that a family would have three brothers that would go on to make such a significant impact on jazz music.  We are referring to the Jones Brothers from Pontiac, Michigan.

Wikipedia Commons

The 2015-2016 concert season in West Michigan boasts three performances of Gabriel Faure's Requiem, a serene masterpiece for choir, two vocal soloists, choir and chamber orchestra. In November, Steven White led the work in a concert at Battle Creek's St. Thomas Episcopal Church; later this month, Raymond Harvey will conduct a Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra performance with a larger orchestration. This Saturday, Portage Chapel Hill United Methodist Church music director Caleb Williams will conduct the original version, for singers, solo violin, harp, and organ. Local musicians Ann Marie Boyle and Joel Snyder will be featured as vocal soloists.


In a recent interview, Tom Evans and discussed many fun aspects to music-making with the modern wind band. The list includes raw power, greater variety in percussion, and the chance to premiere new works regularly. They also discuss the KCB's latest concert, "A Renaissance Faire."