Sunday Jazz Lunch! Celebrating the Modern Jazz Quartet (MJQ)

Sunday Jazz Lunch! Celebrating the Modern Jazz Quartet (MJQ)

Sunday Jazz Lunch! Celebrating the Modern Jazz Quartet (MJQ)

Next performance:
Sunday 22nd March

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Sunday Jazz Lunch! Celebrating one of the greatest ever jazz ensembles, the Modern Jazz Quartet, (also known as MJQ).

Carrying on the legacy of the late great Michael Garrick, this show will feature leading UK saxophonist Dave O'Higgins with Jim Hart, Barry Green, Matt Ridley and Steve Brown.

Dave O'Higgins - Saxophone, Jim Hart - Vibes, Matt Riddley - Double Bass, Barry Green - Piano, Steve Brown - Drums

The MJQ celebration was formed by the late Michael Garrick MBE in 2010. After sell out shows across the country, the band was going from strength to strength when Michael tragically died in November 2011. After his death, the band determined to continue what he started, recruiting the fine young pianist Barry Green. A coincidence of note is that Michael Garrick’s first working band was a tribute to the MJQ, the MJQ being one of his main musical influences. It seems poignant that his musical career be bookended in this way. In honour of Michael’s memory, the band assimilated a couple of Michael’s finest original compositions into their repertoire, to be performed alongside the MJQ favourites.

In December 2012 The MJQ Celebration recorded an album, featuring special guest saxophonist

Dave O'Higgins. The MJQ Celebration have performed across the UK. Venues include The Purcell Room, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, Cleethorpes Jazz Festival, Berkhamstead Jazz Festival, and Theatre Clywdd,

Wales Jim Hart

Originally form Cornwall, Jim Hart began playing piano and drums aged four and soon extended this to include tuned and orchestral percussion. A founder member of London’s LOOP collective he is one of the most in demand musicians on the British scene as a soloist and and as a sideman on both drums and vibes. He has recored three albums under his own name with his own bands Gemini and The Jim Hart Quartet and his other major projects include The Cloudmakers Trio, Stan Sulzmann's Neon Quartet, The Liquorice Allsorts with Alan Barnes and Paul Clarvis and the Ivo Neame Quartet. Jim can often be found as a guest with other Loop collective bands such as Phronesis (on drums) and Fringe Magnetic (on vibes).

Jim has toured extensively with many visiting American musicians in the last few years including Ralph Alessi, Joel Frahm, Jaleel Shaw, Terrel Stafford, Logan Richardson and Richie Barshay and he was recently a special guest with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Centre Jazz Orchestra as part of their London residency with the Barbican centre. Jim was nominated for musician of the year in the 2011 Parlimentary jazz awards. A British Jazz award winner in 2006, 2007 and 2008 he also received the Worshipful Company of musicians Bronze medal in 2006. He was also selected to be a participant of the Jerwood/PRS Foundation Take Five Initiative in 2009.

He has also played with Phil Woods, Clarence Penn, Jonathan Blake, Walter Smith III, Franco Ambrosetti, Julien Arguelles, Iain Ballamy, Dominic Miller, Shaun Escoffery, The Herbaliser and The Heritage Orchestra, to name a few. "To become an outstanding performer on one instrument is tough enough - to manage it on two instruments as Jim Hart has done is quite remarkable. I'm certain that Jim's skills as drummer and vibraphone specialist, allied to his energy and creativity, will ensure that he emerges as one of the brightest stars on the UK and European Jazz scene." John Surman.

Steve Brown

Born in Manchester, England, Steve developed an early interest in music and began playing drums at age 14. By age 19, he was performing with local jazz groups. By the time he was 23, Steve had become the "first call" jazz drummer in Manchester, working with Scott Hamilton, Art Farmer and UK artists during their engagements in the city.

In 1996, Brown moved to London and began working as a sideman with many of the capital's finest musicians including engagements with jazz greats Harry 'Sweets' Edison and Conte Cand oli. During the next 4 years his playing career went from strength to strength and Steve was the winner of the 'Drums' and 'Rising Star' categories in the 1999 British Jazz Awards.

He has gone on to win the British Jazz award in 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007 ,2009 & 2011. In 2000 Steve joined the quartet of the great jazz saxophonist Scott Hamilton, with whom he has toured internationally over the last seven years. He is also featured on his last five recordings for Concord records.

In between his engagements with the Scott Hamilton quartet, Steve continues to perform and record with a wide variety of artists including Benny Golson, Benny Green, Barry Harris, Junior Mance, Charles McPherson and Hod O'Brien.

Barry Green

Barry studied classical and jazz piano at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, graduating in 2002. Whilst still studying, he began playing professionally in a varied range of musical styles. Barry plays regularly in jazz venues all over the UK, including Ronnie Scotts, Pizza Express Dean Street, the 606 Club and The Vortex. In 2007 he played in Germany, Ireland, Spain and France. Some musicians with whom he has performed and recorded with include: Dave Friesen Martin Speake, Bobby Wellins, Mick Hutton, Spike Wells, Anita Wardell, Tina May, Jean Toussaint, Tom Rainey, Christine Tobin, Anders Christiansson, Richie Cole, Jeff Williams, Bob Martin, Chris Laurence, Stan Sulzmann, Julian Argeulles, Trudy Kerr, Bill McHenry, The BBC Big Band, Gene Calderazzo, Marc Lockheart, Dave Cliff, Phil Robson,Tommy Whittle and Allison Neale.

He is a member of Ingrid Laubrock’s quintet, which toured Germany and Ireland in 2007. He is also a member of Laubrock’s two - piano nonet (featuring Tom Rainey and Liam Noble). The nonet performed at Cheltenham Jazz festival in 2007 and performed at theBerlin Jazz Festival later that year. Barry is also part of bassist Larry Bartley’s trio (with Winston Clifford). This trio formed the core part of an Octet that performed and was recorded at 2006’s Cheltenham Jazz festival. "The pianist can effortlessly sustain a graceful Bill Evans - like lyrical swing, but also massages the ideas of the others. His contemporary references give him a broad sweep, and he has much to do with this set's freedom from bop - standard rigidities...The pianist wraps a light tracery around Speake against ringing cymbal and thumping keynotes on Jitterbug Waltz, and then plays a pungent solo..." John Fordham,The Guardian, Friday, June 27th 2008

Matt Ridley

Since graduating from Trinity College of Music in 2005, Matt has established himself as one of the leading young bassists on the UK jazz scene. Playing bass guitar at age 15, Ridley knew after a matter of months that music would be his career. After completing his Alevels he went on to study at the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford, where he graduated with Distinction and was awarded the 'Bass Guitar Student of the Year' award, followed by studying for a Bmus (hons) in Jazz Studies at Trinity College of Music.

Under the tutelage of Steve Watts and Corin Long, he began studying double bass and jazz in earnest, and graduated in 2005, winning the Trinity College of Music 'Friends in New York' award for excellence, and also garnering the Archer's Scholarship for big band.

Since then he has mad e a name for himself as one of the most creative and hardworking bass players on the London jazz scene, working with a veritable who's who of UK jazz. Ensembles presently working include the 'MJQ Celebration', (featuring Jim Hart, Barry Green, and Steve Brown) the 'Lyric Ensemble' (featuring singer Nette Robinson, Tony Woods and Nikki Iles), and the Darius Brubeck Quartet (featuring Dave O'Higgins and drummer Wesley Gibbens), with whom he has recorded several albums and performed worldwide.

Matt also enjoys success in World music and Folk, forging long - lasting musical partnerships with virtuoso oud player Attab Haddad, and BBC award - winning folk songsmith Sam Carter. He is a founder member of the SE Collective, a community of musicians in South East London championing improvised, live music.

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