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    The Groove Merchant - Thad Jones

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    The Groove Merchant Jones Thad/Mel Lewis 1969
    In a 1969 concert in the Doelen Theater in Rotterdam the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Big Band played in some sort of competition called " the Battle of the Bands". Obviously this orchestra of famous American Jazz musicians was the superior force. It is good that from the Dutch Radio/TV archives some of these performances were preserved. We see a clip of the band playing "The Groove Merchant" with the introductory piano solo work of Roland Hanna.(note a friend in Holland send me this video. After posting Ramona Hanna emailed me to thank me for the memory. I send her the clip on DVD)