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The MJQ Celebration

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Bluesology 06:27
Milano 04:11
The Stopper 05:24
Aurian Wood 07:12
Concorde 03:49
No Moe 04:54
Django 06:50
Angel Eyes 03:53
La Ronde 02:03
Scoops 04:36
Promises 06:13
Bag's Groove 07:08


The ‘MJQ Celebration’ was a well known and celebrated ensemble of UK musicians, active from 2009-2016. Formed by pianist and composer Michael Garrick MBE, the band celebrated one of the most famous and influential jazz ensembles of all time, the ‘Modern Jazz Quartet’.

After enjoying a number of exceptionally well received concerts with Garrick at the helm, the group survived Garrick’s untimely death in 2011 by recruiting the fine young pianist Barry Green. In this format, the group toured the UK and played sell out shows at prestigious venues such as the Purcell Room and Ronnie Scott’s.

In 2013, the band cut their eponymous album. Stellar favourites such as ‘Django’, ‘The Golden Striker’, ‘Bag’s Groove’ and ‘Concorde’ were given enthralling new renditions, whilst staying true to the original intentions of their composers John Lewis and Milt Jackson.

The group also paid homage to their founder Michael Garrick, by including two of his original compositions, hand-picked by his bass player of choice, Matt Ridley. Teaming up for the session with stalwart UK saxophonist Dave O’Higgins, the ensemble also doff their cap to the collaboration between Sonny Rollins and the MJQ, featuring a rip-roaring version of ‘The Stopper’, as well as the more moderate (but no less compelling) ‘No Moe’ and ‘Scoops’.

Released in April 2014, the album gained universal praise from critics and audiences alike. Cut entirely live in one day, with no fixes or overdubs, the album bears a freshness and excitement that not only champions the original MJQ, but also serves as an example of world-class jazz coming from the UK.


released May 20, 2016

Jim Hart, vibraphone; Barry Green, piano; Steve Brown, drums; Matt Ridley, bass.
With special guest Dave O’Higgins, tenor saxophone


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Matt Ridley London, UK

Matt Ridley has performed across the UK and internationally with a wide cross section of artists,
most prominently the Darius Brubeck Quartet, of which he has been a member since 2006. As band
leader, he has released two critically acclaimed albums on 'Whirlwind Recordings', in a quartet
featuring Jason Yarde, which toured numerous times and performed at leading
jazz festivals across the UK.
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