Rumors of the Thad Wilson Jazz Orchestra’s Death…
My post last week regarding the newly born Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra mentioned in passing "the demise of the Thad Wilson Jazz Orchestra," the previous occupant of the Monday evening slot at Bohemian Caverns. However, as a few members of the D.C. jazz scene have pointed out to me since, this was not the best choice of words.
While Wilson disbanded his last iteration of the Thad Wilson Jazz Orchestra last fall, he said at the time that he intended to restart and rejuvenate the band with new musicians.
Indeed, as of today, the band's MySpace page declares that they "will be returning to perform in the DC area as part of the 2010 DC Jazz Festival." In addition, tenor saxophonist Elijah Balbed—a member of the BCJO—also confirms that he will be a part of Wilson's band when it resumes.
Thus there will be two big bands working in D.C. This is good news: Not only does it mean a richer soundscape, but both ensembles will likely work that much harder to be the best.