Drawn from the rhythm section of Dizzy Gillespie’s big band and originally recording as the Milt Jackson Quartet, by 1952 the Modern Jazz Quartet (MJQ) was firmly established. They spent the next 45 years together creating music influenced by classical, blues, bebop, and cool jazz. Under the direction of John Lewis, they created a niche spot by specializing in sophisticated music using Baroque-inspired counterpoint while retaining a strong blues feel.

Jane Ellen shares her eclectic interests via Zoom from Central Florida’s Space Coast. Specializing in music and entertainment history, she works to bring her subjects to life while making a deeper understanding of music accessible to all. Jane’s presentations benefit not only from her gifts as a storyteller, but from a lifetime of work as an independent scholar, performer, composer, and recording artist.