Nat Steele's 'Portrait of the MJQ'

LONDON Cadogan Hall / Culford Room
5 Sloane Terrace, Belgravia


Nat Steele performs the music of the Modern Jazz Quartet. With Gabriel Latchin, Dario Di Lecce, and Steve Brown

Nat Steele's 'Portrait of the MJQ' quartet performs the music of one of the most successful and influential jazz groups of the 20th century, the Modern Jazz Quartet. Joining him are the young pianist Gabriel Latchin, Italian bassist Dario Di Lecce and Steve Brown on drums. The gig will include favourites such as ‘Django’, ‘Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise’, ‘Bags Groove’. The MJQ took jazz from the clubs and into the concert halls during the 1950s and was a pioneer of the “third stream” style, combining classical ideas with jazz. It featured the contrasting talents of its pianist and MD, John Lewis, who played with a refined and understated control and the fiery, bebop style of vibes pioneer Milt Jackson. Nat Steele has quickly gained a reputation as formidable vibraphonist, described by Clark Tracey as "one of the best vibes players this country has ever produced." Following in the style of Jackson, he takes a two mallet approach to improvisation, focusing on melodic interpretation rather than chordal playing. He has performed all over the UK, Europe and in North America. Gabriel Latchin has gained attention for his role in performing with Christian McBride and Renee Fleming at Wigmore Hall, as well as receiving significant media coverage for his first 2 albums. He has worked with Ronnie Cuber, Alex Garnett, Sara Dowling and Atila, and performed at concert halls, clubs & festivals around the UK & Europe. Dario di Lecce was raised in Bari, Italy, where he began studying double bass with Maestro Giorgio Vendola. He has performed in all over Europe and the US, and in 2012 moved to London, where he has firmly established himself on the UK jazz scene. Multi award-winner Steve Brown is first call with many of the jazz world’s finest. He’s a member of Scott Hamilton’s quartet and has performed & recorded with a variety of artists including Benny Golson, Benny Green, Carl Fontana, Harry 'Sweets' Edison, Conte Candoli, Barry Harris, Junior Mance and Charles McPherson.

'What an opportunity to spend your lunch hour celebrating one of the most revered jazz ensembles of all time, with a stellar group of British musicians who will certainly do the MJQ justice – and the price represents extremely good value too!'

(Chris Gilvear, Jazz FM)