Welcome to the official website of the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra!

The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra is ...

the NYC 16-piece jazz orchestra founded in 1966 by Thad Jones and Mel Lewis.

In front of the iconic red roof of the Village Vanguard our Monday night home.
  • The Sound ... the delicate harmony of virtuosity
The band features music with complex yet warm harmonies and memorable melodies mostly written by Thad Jones. We play various styles, from relaxing swing, 70's-style jazz-funk, ballads with complex harmonic structures, avant-garde tunes with modern rhythms. In addition to the classic Thad Jones charts our library includes music of Bob Brookmeyer, Jim McNeely, Slide Hampton, Bob Minzter, Kenny Werner and others. The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra has gained world-wide respect for their wide-ranging repertoire and rich sound.
  • 48 Years of Monday Nights! 
Performs in New York City every Monday at the world famous Village Vanguard.
  • Education
 "Precepts of Swing" is the educational program developed by VJO.  See the "Education" page for detailed information.


We are playing at The Village Vanguard every Monday. 8:30pm and 10:30pm.
For tickets, please visit The Village Vanguard's website.
The Village Vanguard

What's New

Release date News! 

The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra OverTime  Music Of Bob Brookmeyer
Release date News!

Digital Release is now scheduled for August 1st!
CDs available on August 15!

*News about our Japanese/Asian release coming soon.

Thank you for your enthusiastic support.
The Band

We are coming back to Japan! 日本ツアー決定!クリニックは大阪・東京2会場で実施 

To our Japanese friends,
We are coming back to Japan!  We will perform at Billboard Live Tokyo and Osaka, we also will have workshops in Tokyo AND Osaka, this year. Please come and see us! Click and see the further information below. 

東京公演 (10/30-11/1) http://www.billboard-live.com/pg/shop/show/index.php?mode=detail1&event=9118&shop=1
大阪公演 (11/3)  http://www.billboard-live.com/pg/shop/show/index.php?mode=detail1&event=9119&shop=2
学生割引・クアトロプランについて http://www.billboard-live.com/membersarea/vjoplan2014.html
クリニック(東京11/1・大阪11/3) http://www.billboard-live.com/membersarea/vjo_workshop2014.html

Recording session for our new CD "OverTime - Music of Bob Brookmeyer" 

We had a recording session on June 11 and 12 for the upcoming CD "OverTime - Music of Bob Brookmeyer". Wow! What a great recording session done by these wonderful musicians that you see and few others! We are so happy to finally document Bob Brookmeyer's great music! We'll post updates here on this our official website and on our official FB page (like us!). Stay tuned! 

*For other pics, visit our official FB page

From your left to right ... Jim McNeely, John Riley, Terell Stafford, Billy Drewes, Tom Bellino, David Wong, Gary Smulyan, Rich Perry, Douglas Purviance, Ryan Truesdell, Ralph Lalama, John Mosca, Tanya Darby, Jay Messina, Mike Truesdell, Scott Wendholt, Migiwa Miyajima, Nick Marchione, Jason Jackson, Luis Bonilla ... Oh, we miss Dick Oatts in this picture and also Frank Basile, David Peel and Yasu Arai, our official translator in Japan joined the session!

Concert at NJ PAC on Nov 7 

"A Good Place; Celebrating Lorraine Gordon and The Village Vanguard", a musical tribute to Gordon's life and times, featuring the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and special guest Barry Harris, organist Rhoda Scott and Christian McBride; plus the Anat Cohen Quartet. Hosted by Chiristian McBride.

For the further information, visit NJPAC website.


Now we have a translator function on our website!
Please find the pull down menu ...
if you don't speak English this button will help you to connect with us!


  • Forever Lasting -Live in Tokyo- 2012 GRAMMY nominee
  • Monday Night Live At The Village Vanguard 2009 GRAMMY winner
  • Up From The Skies, Music of Jim McNeely 2006  TWO GRAMMY nominations
  • The Way, Music of Slide Hampton - 2005 GRAMMY winner
  • Can I Persuade You - 2003 GRAMMY nominee
  • Thad Jones Legacy - 2001 AFIM winner
  • Lickety Split, Music of Jim McNeely - 1999 GRAMMY nominee
  • To You - Tribute to Mel Lewis
For detailed info, please visit "music" page.

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