American Jazz Orchestra

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... read moreIn 1985, when jazz critic Gary Giddins was told by producer Roberta Swann that she was thinking of putting together a modern classical ensemble, he suggested that she help create a jazz repertory orchestra instead. With John Lewis as the musical director, the American Jazz Orchestra had their debut...

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Take The "A" Train
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Warm Valley
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Cotton Tail
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Sidewalks Of New York
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Jack The Bear
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Biography

Active: 1980s
Country Of origin: United States of America
Group Members: Benny Powell , Eddie Bert , Marvin Stamm , Dick Katz , Jimmy Knepper , Bill Easley , John Goldsby , Mel Lewis

In 1985, when jazz critic Gary Giddins was told by producer Roberta Swann that she was thinking of putting together a modern classical ensemble, he suggested that she help create a jazz repertory orchestra instead. With John Lewis as the musical director, the American Jazz Orchestra had their debut concert in 1986, playing works associated with Duke Ellington, Jimmie Lunceford, Fletcher Henderson, Count Basie, and Dizzy Gillespie. Two recordings resulted (tributes to Ellington and Lunceford), which often found the all-star players re-creating recorded solos. But when funding eventually ran out in the early '90s, the American Jazz Orchestra slipped away into history. ~ Scott Yanow~ Rovi

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