Orchestra U.S.A. Discography



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Date: December 2, 1962
Location: Philharmonic Hall, New York City
Label: [private recording]

Orchestra U.S.A. (ldr), John Lewis (p, dir, con), Gary McFarland (per), Diahann Carroll (v)

a.[unknown titles]  (Composer Unknown)
b.Brown Baby  (Oscar Brown, Jr.)
c.Milesign  (Gary McFarland)
d.Grand Encounter  (Gary McFarland)

John Lewis (p) on a, c-d; (con) on a, c-d; Gary McFarland (per) on a, c-d; Diahann Carroll (v) on a-b.

Uncertain whether recording exists. Information taken from newpaper review.

"She was accompanied by the 30-piece John Lewis Orchestra and a small ensemble that varied from a single guitar to seven men. With the large orchestra, Miss Carroll devoted herself to show tunes by Rodgers and Hart, Harold Arlen, George Gershwin, Noel Coward, and Marc Blitzstein. She chose her songs well, but the freshest section of her program came in her appearance with the group when she sang three of the songs of urban Negro life of Oscar Brown, Jr. and two folk-tinged selections, one of which came from the musical "Tenderloin."

One additional piece by John Lewis, likely one of those recorded for the Colpix album.

Additional personnel unknown.


Date: December 28, 1962
Location: Philharmonic Hall, New York City
Label: [no known recording]

The Modern Jazz Quartet, Orchestra U.S.A. (ldr), Robert DiDomenica (f), Wally Kane (f, bsn), Don Ashworth (ob, bar), Ray Shiner (ob), Don Stewart (cl, bst), Phil Woods (cl, as), Louis Mucci, Herb Pomeroy, Nick Travis (t), Robert Northern, Robert Swisshelm (frh), Mike Zwerin (tb), Harvey Phillips (tu), Milt Jackson (vib), Jim Hall (g), John Lewis (p, dir), Richard Davis, Percy Heath (b), Connie Kay (d), Sticks Evans (per), Nathan Goldstein, Gino Sambuco, Jerry Widoff (vn), Julien Barber, Aaron Juvelier (vl), Alla Goldberg, Joseph Tekula (vc), Gunther Schuller (con)

a.England's Carol  (John Lewis)
b.Valeria  (John Lewis)
c.The Golden Striker  (John Lewis)
d.Bel [aka Belkis]  (John Lewis)
e.Cortege  (John Lewis)
f.Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 (Cantilena)  (Heitor Villa-Lobos)
g.The Sheriff  (John Lewis)
h.[unknown titles]  (Composer Unknown)
i.God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen  (Traditional)

Orchestra U.S.A. (ldr) on h; Robert DiDomenica (f) on h; Wally Kane (f) on h; (bsn) on h; Don Ashworth (ob) on h; (bar) on h; Ray Shiner (ob) on h; Don Stewart (cl) on h; (bst) on h; Phil Woods (cl) on h; (as) on h; Louis Mucci (t) on h; Herb Pomeroy (t) on h; Nick Travis (t) on h; Robert Northern (frh) on h; Robert Swisshelm (frh) on h; Mike Zwerin (tb) on h; Harvey Phillips (tu) on h; Jim Hall (g) on h; Richard Davis (b) on h; Sticks Evans (per) on h; Nathan Goldstein (vn) on h; Gino Sambuco (vn) on h; Jerry Widoff (vn) on h; Julien Barber (vl) on h; Aaron Juvelier (vl) on h; Alla Goldberg (vc) on h; Joseph Tekula (vc) on h; John Lewis (dir) on h; Gunther Schuller (con) on h.

Information taken from magazine review.

In addition to Valeria, two other selections from A Milanese Story were performed by the MJQ.

Review does not identify the four pieces played by the orchestra: "After intermission the orchestra played four compositions, three of which had the quartet in attendance. Gunther Schuller conducted."


Date: January 12, 1963
Location: Atlantic Recording Studios, New York City
Label: Colpix

Orchestra U.S.A. (ldr), Robert DiDomenica (pic, f), Wally Kane (f, bsn), Leo Wright (f), Don Ashworth (ob, bar), Ray Shiner (ob), Don Stewart (cl, bst), Phil Woods (cl, as), Louis Mucci, Herb Pomeroy, Nick Travis (t), Robert Northern, Robert Swisshelm (frh), Mike Zwerin (tb), Harvey Phillips (tu), Gary McFarland (vib, per), Jim Hall (g), John Lewis (p, dir), Richard Davis (b), Connie Kay (d), Sticks Evans (per), Gerald Beal, Nathan Goldstein, Gino Sambuco, Jerry Widoff (vn), Julien Barber, Aaron Juvelier (vl), Alla Goldberg, Joseph Tekula (vc), Gunther Schuller (con)

a.a-01/02/03Three Little Feelings - 10:56  (John Lewis)
     Colpix LP 12": CP 448 — Debut   (1963)
     Colpix LP 12": SCP 448 — Debut   (1963)
     LoneHill Jazz CD: LHJ 10117 — The Debut Recording   (2004)

Three Little Feelings is in three parts (3:37/3:33/3:46).

Details needed on any differences between mono and stereo takes. CD issue includes both.


Date: February 4, 1963
Location: Atlantic Recording Studios, New York City
Label: Colpix

Orchestra U.S.A. (ldr), Robert DiDomenica (pic, f), Eric Dolphy (f, as), Wally Kane (f, bsn), Don Ashworth (ob, bar), Ray Shiner (ob), Don Stewart (cl, bst), Phil Woods (cl, as), Louis Mucci, Herb Pomeroy, Nick Travis (t), Robert Northern, Robert Swisshelm (frh), Mike Zwerin (tb), Harvey Phillips (tu), Gary McFarland (vib, per), Jim Hall (g), John Lewis (p, dir), Richard Davis (b), Connie Kay (d), Sticks Evans (per), Gerald Beal, Nathan Goldstein, Gino Sambuco, Jerry Widoff (vn), Julien Barber, Selwart Clarke (vl), Alla Goldberg, Joseph Tekula (vc), Gunther Schuller (con)

a.a-04Milesign - 5:20  (Gary McFarland)
b.a-05Milano - 3:38  (John Lewis)
c.b-03Grand Encounter - 5:41  (Gary McFarland)
All titles on:      Colpix LP 12": CP 448 — Debut   (1963)
     Colpix LP 12": SCP 448 — Debut   (1963)
     LoneHill Jazz CD: LHJ 10117 — The Debut Recording   (2004)

Details needed on any differences between mono and stereo takes. CD issue includes both.


Date: February 27, 1963
Location: Atlantic Recording Studios, New York City
Label: Colpix

Orchestra U.S.A. (ldr), Robert DiDomenica (pic, f), Eric Dolphy (f, as), Wally Kane (f, bsn), Ray Shiner (ob), Phillip West (ob, enh), Don Stewart (cl, bst), Phil Woods (cl, as), Louis Mucci, Herb Pomeroy, Nick Travis (t), Robert Northern, Robert Swisshelm (frh), Mike Zwerin (tb), Harvey Phillips (tu), Jim Hall (g), John Lewis (p, dir), Richard Davis (b), Connie Kay (d), Michael Colgrass (chi), Sticks Evans (per), Gerald Beal, Alfred Breuning, Nathan Goldstein, Gino Sambuco (vn), Julien Barber, Aaron Juvelier (vl), Alla Goldberg, Joseph Tekula (vc), Gunther Schuller (con)

a.b-01Natural Affection - 5:30  (John Lewis)
b.b-02Donnie's Theme - 5:18  (John Lewis)
c.b-04The Star Spangled Banner - 1:22  (John Stafford Smith, Francis Scott Key) / arr: Gunther Schuller
All titles on:      Colpix LP 12": CP 448 — Debut   (1963)
     Colpix LP 12": SCP 448 — Debut   (1963)
     LoneHill Jazz CD: LHJ 10117 — The Debut Recording   (2004)

Details needed on any differences between mono and stereo takes. CD issue includes both.


Date: November 29, 1963
Location: Assembly Hall, Hunter College, New York City
Label: [no known recording]

Orchestra U.S.A. (ldr), Eric Dolphy (f, bcl, as), Don Ashworth, Eddie Caine, Wally Kane, Jerome Richardson, Ray Shiner, Don Stewart (ww), Gerry Mulligan (bar), Louis Mucci, Joe Newman, Nick Travis (t), Robert Northern, Robert Swisshelm (frh), Mike Zwerin (tb), Harvey Phillips (tu), Jim Hall (g), John Lewis (p, dir), Richard Davis (b), Connie Kay (d), Michael Colgrass, Harold Farberman (per), Gerald Beal, Lewis Eley, Gino Sambuco, Jerry Widoff (vn), Julien Barber, Aaron Juvelier (vl), Alfred Bartles, Joseph Tekula (vc), Gunther Schuller (con)

a.Fugue In D Minor  (J. S. Bach)
b.Concerto No. 2 For Orchestra  (Miljenko Prohaska)
c.Natural Affection  (John Lewis)
d.Donnie's Theme  (John Lewis)
e.England's Carol  (John Lewis)
f.Cortege  (John Lewis)
g.The Queen's Fancy  (John Lewis)
h.Improvisation  (collective improvisation)
i.I'm Getting Sentimental Over You  (Ned Washington, George Bassman)
j.I Should Care  (Axel Stordahl, Paul Weston, Sammy Cahn)
k.Silver  (John Lewis)
l.Intima  (Miljenko Prohaska)
m.Pretty Little Gypsy  (Gary McFarland)

Eric Dolphy (f) on a-g, k-m; (bcl) on a-g, k-m; (as) on a-g, k-m; Don Ashworth (ww) on a-g, k-m; Eddie Caine (ww) on a-g, k-m; Wally Kane (ww) on a-g, k-m; Jerome Richardson (ww) on a-g, k-m; Ray Shiner (ww) on a-g, k-m; Don Stewart (ww) on a-g, k-m; Gerry Mulligan (bar) on e-h, k; Louis Mucci (t) on a-g, k-m; Joe Newman (t) on a-g, k-m; Nick Travis (t) on a-g, k-m; Robert Northern (frh) on a-g, k-m; Robert Swisshelm (frh) on a-g, k-m; Mike Zwerin (tb) on a-g, k-m; Harvey Phillips (tu) on a-g, k-m; Jim Hall (g) on a-i, k-m; John Lewis (p) on a-h, j-m; Richard Davis (b) on a-h, k-m; Connie Kay (d) on a-h, k-m; Michael Colgrass (per) on a-g, k-m; Harold Farberman (per) on a-g, k-m; Gerald Beal (vn) on a-g, k-m; Lewis Eley (vn) on a-g, k-m; Gino Sambuco (vn) on a-g, k-m; Jerry Widoff (vn) on a-g, k-m; Julien Barber (vl) on a-g, k-m; Aaron Juvelier (vl) on a-g, k-m; Alfred Bartles (vc) on a-g, k-m; Joseph Tekula (vc) on a-g, k-m; Gunther Schuller (con) on a-g, k-m.

Information taken from newspaper ad and review and magazine review as well as concert program.

Pretty Little Gypsy not listed on concert program.


Date: January 3, 1964
Location: Brooklyn Academy Of Music, Brooklyn, NY
Label: [no known recording]

Orchestra U.S.A. (ldr), John Lewis (p, dir), Skitch Henderson (spk), Harold Farberman, Gunther Schuller (con)

a.Adagio And Fugue  (W. A. Mozart)
b.The Unanswered Question  (Charles Ives)
c.Odds Against Tomorrow  (John Lewis)
d.Journey Into Jazz  (Gunther Schuller, Nat Hentoff)
e.Ragtime For Eleven Instruments  (Igor Stravinsky)

Skitch Henderson (spk) on d.

Information taken from newspaper ad.

Additional personnel unknown.

Also scheduled for this performance was a transcription of a work by J.S. Bach.


Date: January 10, 1964
Location: A & R Studios, New York City
Label: RCA Victor

Orchestra U.S.A. (ldr), Eric Dolphy (f, bcl, as), Nick Travis (t), Mike Zwerin (bt, dir), John Lewis (p), Richard Davis (b), Connie Kay (d)

a.SPA 16890Alabama Song - 5:25  (Kurt Weill, Bertolt Brecht) / arr: Mike Zwerin
b.SPA 16891Havana Song - 6:19  (Kurt Weill, Bertolt Brecht) / arr: Mike Zwerin
c.SPA 16892As You Make Your Bed - 5:29  (Kurt Weill, Bertolt Brecht) / arr: Mike Zwerin
All titles on:      RCA LP 12": RGP-1060 — Mack The Knife And Other Berlin Theatre Songs Of Kurt Weill   
     RCA Victor LP 12": LPM 3498 — Mack The Knife And Other Berlin Theatre Songs Of Kurt Weill   
     Bluebird CD: 62852-RB — Theatre Music Of Kurt Weill   
     Koch Jazz CD: KOC-CD-8588 — Mack The Knife And Other Berlin Theatre Songs Of Kurt Weill   (2001)

Eric Dolphy (f) on b; (bcl) on a-b; (as) on b-c.

Group listed as "The Sextet of Orchestra U.S.A."


Date: February 7, 1964
Location: Brooklyn Academy Of Music, Brooklyn, NY
Label: [no known recording]

Orchestra U.S.A. (ldr), Milt Jackson (vib), John Lewis (p, dir), Percy Heath (b), Connie Kay (d), Harold Farberman, Gunther Schuller (con)

a.German Dances  (Franz Schubert, Anton Webern)
b.Five Pieces For Orchestra  (Anton Webern)
c.[unknown titles]  (Composer Unknown)
d.Sketches  (John Lewis)
e.Nocturne For Strings  (Anton Dvorák)
f.Labyrinth  (Hans Werner Henze)
g.La Creation Du Monde  (Darius Milhaud)

Milt Jackson (vib) on c-d; John Lewis (p) on c-d; Percy Heath (b) on c-d; Connie Kay (d) on c-d.

Information taken from newspaper ad.

Additional personnel unknown.


Date: March 13, 1964
Location: Brooklyn Academy Of Music, Brooklyn, NY
Label: [no known recording]

Orchestra U.S.A. (ldr), Coleman Hawkins (ts), Thad Jones (t), Dick Katz (p), Richard Davis (b), Harold Farberman (per, con), Joseph Tekula (vc), John Lewis (dir), Gunther Schuller (con)

a.Concerto a 8  (Johann Disnas Zelenka)
b.Concerto Grosso  (Peter Phillips)
c.Concerto For Percussion And Small Orchestra  (Darius Milhaud)
d.Concerto For Jazz Soloist And Orchestra  (William O. Smith)
e.Ebony Concerto  (Igor Stravinsky)
f.Concerto For Violin  (Robert DiDomenica)
g.Duke Bey  (Arif Mardin)
h.A Portrait Of Coleman Hawkins  (Benny Golson)
i.Kammermusik No. 3  (Paul Hindemith)

Coleman Hawkins (ts) on g-h; Thad Jones (t) on e; Dick Katz (p) on e, g-h; Richard Davis (b) on e; Harold Farberman (per) on c; Joseph Tekula (vc) on b-c, f-i.

Information taken from newspaper listing and flyer of upcoming events - these give conflicting information.

Some pieces may have shifted between this concert and the next in the series on April 24, 1964.

Additional personnel unknown.


Date: April 24, 1964
Location: Brooklyn Academy Of Music, Brooklyn, NY
Label: [no known recording]

Orchestra U.S.A. (ldr), Bill [William O.] Smith (cl), Susan Belink (v), John Lewis (dir), Harold Farberman, Gunther Schuller (con)

a.Recitativo For Violin And Strings  (Francesco Antonio Bonporti)
b.Kammermusik No. 3  (Paul Hindemith)
c.Jazz Cantata  (Andre Hodeir)
d.Divertimento In F [K. 247]  (W. A. Mozart)
e.Ebony Concerto  (Igor Stravinsky)
f.Concerto For Jazz Soloist And Orchestra  (William O. Smith)

Bill [William O.] Smith (cl) on e-f; Susan Belink (v) on c.

Information taken from newspaper listing and ad and flyer of upcoming events. The last gives conflicting information. Some pieces may have shifted between this concert and the previous one in the series on March 13, 1964.

There were scheduled to be "Improvisations" prior to the final selection.

Additional personnel unknown.


Date: May 22, 1964
Location: New York City
Label: Columbia

Orchestra U.S.A. (ldr), Don Ashworth (ob), Jerome Richardson (as), Benny Golson (ts), Louis Mucci, Nick Travis (t), Richard Davis (b), Joe Cocuzzo (d), Skitch Henderson (spk), Gunther Schuller (con)

a.CO82126Journey Into Jazz - 18:14  (Gunther Schuller, Nat Hentoff)
     Columbia LP 12": CS 9047 — Jazz Journey   
     Columbia LP 12": CL 2247 — Jazz Journey   

Additional personnel unknown.

Liner notes say three sessions (of which this is the first) but Lord only shows two.


Date: June 1, 1964
Location: Webster Hall, New York City
Label: RCA Victor

Orchestra U.S.A. (ldr), Jerome Richardson (f, bcl, as), Thad Jones (t), Mike Zwerin (bt, dir), Jimmy Raney (g), Richard Davis (b), Connie Kay (d)

a.SPA 15608-5/6Barbara Song - 5:08  (Kurt Weill, Bertolt Brecht) / arr: Mike Zwerin
     RCA LP 12": RGP-1060 — Mack The Knife And Other Berlin Theatre Songs Of Kurt Weill   
     RCA Victor LP 12": LPM 3498 — Mack The Knife And Other Berlin Theatre Songs Of Kurt Weill   
     Koch Jazz CD: KOC-CD-8588 — Mack The Knife And Other Berlin Theatre Songs Of Kurt Weill   (2001)
b.SPA 15609-2Mack The Knife [aka Moritat] - 4:52  (Kurt Weill, Bertolt Brecht, Marc Blitzstein) / arr: Mike Zwerin
c.SPA 15609-5/4Mack The Knife [aka Moritat] - 5:07  (Kurt Weill, Bertolt Brecht, Marc Blitzstein) / arr: Mike Zwerin
     RCA LP 12": RGP-1060 — Mack The Knife And Other Berlin Theatre Songs Of Kurt Weill   
     RCA Victor LP 12": LPM 3498 — Mack The Knife And Other Berlin Theatre Songs Of Kurt Weill   
     Koch Jazz CD: KOC-CD-8588 — Mack The Knife And Other Berlin Theatre Songs Of Kurt Weill   (2001)
d.SPA 15610-1Bilbao Song - 3:47  (Kurt Weill, Bertolt Brecht) / arr: Mike Zwerin
e.SPA 15610-5/6Bilbao Song - 3:49  (Kurt Weill, Bertolt Brecht) / arr: Mike Zwerin
     RCA LP 12": RGP-1060 — Mack The Knife And Other Berlin Theatre Songs Of Kurt Weill   
     RCA Victor LP 12": LPM 3498 — Mack The Knife And Other Berlin Theatre Songs Of Kurt Weill   
     Koch Jazz CD: KOC-CD-8588 — Mack The Knife And Other Berlin Theatre Songs Of Kurt Weill   (2001)
f.SPA 15611-1Pirate Jenny - 4:25  (Kurt Weill, Bertolt Brecht) / arr: Mike Zwerin
g.SPA 15611-3/2Pirate Jenny - 3:35  (Kurt Weill, Bertolt Brecht) / arr: Mike Zwerin
     RCA LP 12": RGP-1060 — Mack The Knife And Other Berlin Theatre Songs Of Kurt Weill   
     RCA Victor LP 12": LPM 3498 — Mack The Knife And Other Berlin Theatre Songs Of Kurt Weill   
     Koch Jazz CD: KOC-CD-8588 — Mack The Knife And Other Berlin Theatre Songs Of Kurt Weill   (2001)
All titles on:      Bluebird CD: 62852-RB — Theatre Music Of Kurt Weill   

Group listed as "The Sextet of Orchestra U.S.A."


Date: June 29, 1964
Location: New York City
Label: Columbia

Orchestra U.S.A. (ldr), Jerome Richardson (as), Coleman Hawkins (ts), Ray Shanfeld (bar), John Lewis (p, dir), Harold Farberman (con)

a.CO83637A Portrait Of Coleman Hawkins - 7:18  (Benny Golson)
b.CO83638Duke Bey - 4:56  (Arif Mardin)
c.CO83639Silver - 2:48  (John Lewis)
d.CO83640Intima - 4:18  (Miljenko Prohaska)
All titles on:      Columbia LP 12": CS 9047 — Jazz Journey   
     Columbia LP 12": CL 2247 — Jazz Journey   

Jerome Richardson (as) on b, d; Coleman Hawkins (ts) on a-b; Ray Shanfeld (bar) on b.

Additional personnel unknown.

Liner notes say three sessions (this being the second, the same day that Eric Dolphy died in Berlin), but Lord shows only two.


Date: November 8, 1964
Location: Carnegie Hall, New York City
Label: [private recording]

Orchestra U.S.A. (ldr), John Lewis (dir), Harold Farberman (con)

a.Swing Low, Sweet Chariot  (Traditional) / arr: John Lewis

Unknown whether recording exists. Information taken from newspaper ad.

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot listed as "The Spiritual".

Additional selections by Prohaska; Farberman (NY premiere); Beethoven; Lewis-Bach (world premiere); Ward-Steinman (NY premiere)

Additional personnel unknown.


Date: January 29, 1965
Location: Carnegie Hall, New York City
Label: [private recording]

Orchestra U.S.A. (ldr), Corinne Curry (v), Sam Levenson (spk), John Lewis (dir), Harold Farberman (con)

a.La Creation Du Monde  (Darius Milhaud)
b.Pressure  (Teo Macero)
c.Hex  (Jimmy Giuffre)
d.Medea  (Harold Farberman)
e.Journey Into Jazz  (Gunther Schuller, Nat Hentoff)

Corinne Curry (v) on d; Sam Levenson (spk) on e.

Uncertain whether recording exists. Information taken from newspaper ad and review.

"Works by Miljenko Prohaska and Charles Ives completed the program. Hall Overton's Sonorities For Orchestra, which was scheduled for a world premiere, was omitted."

Additional personnel unknown.


Date: March 22, 1965
Location: New York City
Label: Columbia

Orchestra U.S.A. (ldr), Richard Davis (b), John Lewis (dir), Harold Farberman (con)

a.b-01Sonorities For Orchestra - 6:40  (Hall Overton)
     Columbia LP 12": CL 2395 — Sonorities   

Additional personnel unknown.


Date: May 3, 1965
Location: New York City
Label: Columbia

Orchestra U.S.A. (ldr), John Lewis (dir), Harold Farberman (con)

a.b-02Hex - 4:07  (Jimmy Giuffre)
b.b-03Pressure - 4:10  (Teo Macero)
     Stash CD: ST-CD-527 — The Best Of Teo Macero   (1990)
Both titles on:      Columbia LP 12": CL 2395 — Sonorities   

Additional personnel unknown.


Date: May 4, 1965
Location: New York City
Label: Columbia

Orchestra U.S.A. (ldr), Jerome Richardson (as), Thad Jones, Joe Newman (t), Dick Katz (p), John Lewis (dir), Harold Farberman (con)

a.a-01Swing Low, Sweet Chariot - 6:50  (Traditional) / arr: John Lewis
b.a-02/03/04Concerto No. 2 For Orchestra - 10:44  (Miljenko Prohaska)
Both titles on:      Columbia LP 12": CL 2395 — Sonorities   

Thad Jones (t) on b; Joe Newman (t) on b; Dick Katz (p) on b.

Additional personnel unknown.

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot is listed as "The Spiritual"

The Concerto is in three parts (3:46/2:49/4:09).


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