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Jazz at 100 Hour 55:  The Modern Jazz Quartet and the Third Stream (1956 - 1961)

Jazz at 100 Hour 55: The Modern Jazz Quartet and the Third Stream (1956 - 1961)

Playing tracks by

Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five, Modern Jazz Quartet, John Lewis and his Orchestra, MJQ, Milt Jackson - Wes Montgomery Quintet and more.

As the Modern Jazz Quartet, members of which were once Dizzy Gillespie’s rhythm section in the 1940s, moved into the 1960s, they continued to swing in their own quiet way, even as their music director, pianist John Lewis, explored the third stream, a synthesis of jazz and classical music. Having been founded in 1952, the MJQ was active as a unit until 1974, then reunited periodically for another twenty years, until drummer Connie Kay’s death in 1994.

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DrJazz

Woke up to this today. Just perfect to ease into the week. Thanks, DrJ

WTJU
WTJU

The third stream deserves much more attention than I was able to fit here. Does its influence live on in any demonstrable way or was it largely a dead end. Worth pondering. Thanks for listening.