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


TODAY: Billboard Live start taking reservations for our Japan tour in Nov. We are looking forward to seeing our friends again!

The band







VJO celebrates 49 years at the Vanguard! (8days Jan 26-Feb2) 

The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra -established by Thad Jones and Mel Lewis - will perform the compositions of Thad Jones, Bob Brookmeyer, Jim McNeely and others from our library of over 300 tunes! Come and join the celebration!

Jan 26, 2015 (mon) to Feb 2, 2015 (mon) ...8 days
Sets 8:30pm and 10:30pm 

at Village Vanguard
178 7th Avenue South, New York, NY, USA

For reservations:
call : (212) 255-4037
online : http://villagevanguard.com/html/tix.html

*2015 is the 49 years anniversary of VJO since when Thad Jones and Mel Lewis started the band.

Japanese version of OverTime will be available in Oct  

To our Japanese friend,日本のみなさまへ:
嬉しいニュースです。新作「OverTime / Music of Bob Brookmeyer」の日本版発売日が決まりました。10月15日、ポニーキャニオンさんからのリリースです。前回に引き続き今回も、美しいCDジャケットは日本人の星野哲也さん(デザイナー)と坂本奈緒さん(イラストレーター)によるもので、副プロデューサー&クリエイティブ・ディレクターは宮嶋みぎわさんです。日本語向けスペシャルページを作りましたのでどうぞお訪ねいただき、ミュージック・クリップやインタビュー動画をお楽しみください!
We are so happy to announce that the Japanese version of OverTime will be available in Oct of this year! Here is the special page for Japanese version! 


  • 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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