JIM HART’S M.J.Q.
Celebrating one of the greatest ever jazz ensembles, the Modern Jazz Quartet, the vibes-led
Jim Hart’s M.J.Q. continues the legacy of the late, great Michael Garrick who in 2011formed the M.J.Q. celebration, performing to sell-out audiences across the UK.
Jim Hart’s M.J.Q. comes to North Wales following appearances at foremost UK jazz venues including Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London’s Soho. Along with Jim, a blissfully inventive vibes player, the band features the critically acclaimed Barry Green on piano, with Matt Ridley, who has recorded and toured extensively with the Darius Brubeck Quartet, on double-bass and
Steve Brown, a British Jazz Award winner and member of the Scott Hamilton Quartet, on drums. Concertgoers can expect to hear many M.J.Q. favourites such as “Django”, “The Golden Striker” and “Bag’s Groove”, plus, as a bonus and in tribute to Michael Garrick, one or two of this great writer’s beautiful originals.
Jim Hart, three times a winner at the British Jazz Awards and a Parliamentary Jazz Award nominee in 2011, is one of the most in-demand musicians on the British scene. Described by the Financial Times as “Outstanding”, he was a special guest during Wynton Marsalis and the
Lincoln Centre Jazz Orchestra’s recent residency at London’s Barbican Centre. Jim has recorded three albums with his bands Gemini and the Jim Hart Quartet, whilst current major projects include the Cloudmaker’s Trio, Stan Sulzmann’s Neon Quartet, the Liquorice Allsorts with
Alan Barnes and Paul Clarvis, and the Ivo Neame Quartet.
“One of the UK’s most creative new jazz artists”: The Guardian.
“His vibes playing is a revelation”: The Times
Pianist Barry Green, a cerebral swinger with a liking for unexpected harmonic terms, has performed at major venues and festivals across Europe and with artistes including
Bobby Wellins, Ian Shaw, Charles McPherson, Martin Speake, Richie Cole, Peter King and Christine Tobin and with the BBC Big Band. Barry’s brand new CD, “Babelfish”, was recorded live at Abbey Road. “His work--- is constantly inventive”: Jazz UK
“Watching his imagination unfurl was an engaging experience”: The Telegraph
Matt Ridley has worked with a veritable Who’s Who of British jazz. He played bass in all Michael Garrick’s many ensembles, including the Michael Garrick Jazz Orchestra, and in 2012 recorded and toured the UK with Darius Brubeck, son of jazz legend Dave Brubeck. Matt’s new recording, due for release in the summer, features Parliamentary Jazz Award winner John Turville on piano, Jason Yarde on sax and George Hart on drums.
Steve Brown, one of the most soughtafter drummers in the UK, has won a British Jazz Award no less than six times! For the past seven years Steve has toured internationally with great saxman Scott Hamilton and features on Scott’s last five Concord albums. He continues to perform and record with artistes including Benny Golson, Benny Green and Charles McPherson. (back)