UM’s Jazz Program to Pay Tribute to Jazz Luminary with ‘Don’t Git Sassy’

November 07, 2017

MISSOULA – The University of Montana’s Jazz Studies program continues to present exciting concerts with a tribute to trumpet player and bandleader Thad Jones at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17.

The tribute, “Don’t Git Sassy,” will take place in UM’s Dennison Theatre. For ticket prices and information, call the UM School of Music at 406-243-6880 or visit

As a performer, Jones played with some of the biggest names in jazz history, including Count Basie and Harry James. Upon moving to New York City, he initiated a big band orchestra with drum set legend Mel Lewis.

Now named the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra after the location of many performances — the Village Vanguard jazz club in New York City — this band recently celebrated 50 years of performing around the world. Following Basie’s death, Thad Jones was invited to take over the helm of the Count Basie Orchestra.

“Don’t Git Sassy” will feature all four of the UM Jazz Big Bands performing exciting music that spans the compositional history and style of Thad Jones, including some from the Harry James and Count Basie libraries.

For the UM Jazz Studies program event schedule or more information about summer camps, the Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival or the Jazz Artist Series, call director of jazz studies Rob Tapper at 406-243-6880 or email


Contact: Rob Tapper, professor of trombone and director of jazz studies, UM School of Music, 406-243-6880,