Join Lake Wales Arts Council Executive Director Andrew Allen for an evening of third-stream classics from the Modern Jazz Quartet catalog.
The Lake Wales Arts Council is proud to host our Executive Director Andrew Allen and his ensemble of jazz all-stars for an evening of Modern Jazz Quartet hits. The event will take place on May 4th, 2019 and will be the conclusion of the Lake Wales Arts Council's 2018-2019 Concert Series. We hope to see many of you in attendance!
The Modern Jazz Quartet (MJQ) was a jazz combo established in 1952 that played music influenced by classical, cool jazz, blues and bebop. For most of its history the Quartet consisted of John Lewis (piano), Milt Jackson (vibraphone), Percy Heath (double-bass), and Connie Kay (drums). The group grew out of the rhythm section of Dizzy Gillespie's big band from 1946 to 1948, which consisted of Lewis and Jackson along with bassist Ray Brown and drummer Kenny Clarke. The Modern Jazz Quartet played in a cool jazz style that combined bebop and the blues with classical elements. There was a marked contrast in styles between Jackson's rhythmically complex blues-based solos and Lewis's restrained manner of playing and classically influenced pieces. One of the first small jazz combos to perform in concert halls rather than nightclubs, the group was inspired by the bands of Duke Ellington and Jimmie Lunceford (from Wikipedia).