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Monday Night Live at the Village Vanguard

Monday Night Live at the Village Vanguard is an album by the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra that won the Grammy Award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album in 2009.[1]

Monday Night Live at the Village Vanguard
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Live album by
VenueVillage Vanguard, New York City
GenreJazz, big band
LabelPlanet Arts
ProducerDouglas Purviance, Thomas Bellino
The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra chronology
Up from the Skies
Monday Night Live at the Village Vanguard
Forever Lasting

Most of the songs and arrangements are by Thad Jones, who founded the group as the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra. The arrangements for "Willow Tree" and "St. Louis Blues" are by Bob Brookmeyer, a founding member of the group.[1][2]

Track listingEdit

1."Mean What You Say"Thad Jones8:49
2."Say It Softly"Thad Jones6:51
3."St. Louis Blues"W. C. Handy15:50
4."Body and Soul"Frank Eyton/Johnny Green/Edward Heyman/Robert Sour7:09
5."Mornin' Reverend"Thad Jones5:00
6."Loas Cucarachas Entran"Jim McNeely10:07
7."Willow Tree"Fats Waller7:06
8."Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing"Stevie Wonder4:08
9."Kids Are Pretty People"Thad Jones8:58
10."The Waltz You Swang for Me"Thad Jones5:56
11."Little Rascal on a Rock"Thad Jones12:09


  • Jim McNeely – conductor, piano
  • Billy Drewes – alto saxophone, soprano saxophone, clarinet, flute
  • Dick Oatts – flute, piccolo, alto saxophone, soprano saxophone
  • Ralph Lalama – clarinet, flute, tenor saxophone
  • Rich Perry – flute, tenor saxophone
  • Gary Smulyan – baritone saxophone
  • Douglas Purviance – trombone, producer
  • John Mosca – trombone
  • Luis Bonilla – trombone
  • Jason Jackson – trombone
  • Nick Marchione – trumpet
  • Frank Greene – trumpet
  • Scott Wendholt – trumpet
  • Terell Stafford – trumpet, flugelhorn
  • John Clark – French horn
  • Michael Weiss – piano, arranger
  • Phil Palombi – double bass
  • John Riley – drums
  • Thomas Bellino – producer
  • Ed Reed – engineer
  • Brian Krumholtz – engineer
  • Rick Rivera – engineer
  • Travis Steff – mixing
  • Gary Chester – mixing
  • Alan Silverman – remastering[3]


  1. ^ a b Dryden, Ken. "Monday Night Live At The Village Vanguard". AllMusic. Retrieved 24 February 2017.
  2. ^ Hunter, J. (6 August 2008). "Vanguard Jazz Orchestra: Monday Night Live at the Village Vanguard". All About Jazz. Retrieved 24 February 2017.
  3. ^ "Monday Night Live at the Village Vanguard Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 24 February 2017.