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The Modern Jazz Quartet was formed in 1952 and went on to play their style of Cool Jazz for over 40 years – with only one significant change in personnel, throughout that time. Heavily influenced by Blues, Bop and Bach the band was a major influence on the American and International jazz scene well into the 1990s.
Fast forward to 2011 when the late Michael Garrick created MJQ Celebration to recognise the major contribution of the original band and revive their music for British audiences. This proved to be a very popular initiative and so it was with a delighted Chichester audience.
With all four members of the band playing at the top of their game, these young musicians were able to bring fresh interpretations of MJQ favourites - and other material - while being respectful of the original intentions of the music’s composers.
And how the crowd loved it!
Line-up: Jim Hart – vibraphone, Barry Green – piano, Matt Ridley – bass, Steve Brown – drums.