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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Tony Miceli MJQ Tribute at Dolans

Following on from the David Friedman gig ,  Limerick Jazz Society  brought us another excellent vibraphone virtuoso for a gig at Dolan's Upstairs lounge.  Tony Miceli from Philadelphia fronted a recreation of the line up of The  Modern Jazz Quartet,  not a genre heading but title of an influential ensemble established in the early 50's and active on and off until the 90's.  The line up  included  Limerick man John Daly on drums, Phil Ware, piano and  bassist  Dan Bodwell. There was a good range of tempos in the set list from the frenetic Cherokee to the more restrained Blues in C minor The set list included Bags Groove, a piece named after a nickname of Milt Jackson, the vibraphone player and founder of the MJQ.  The treatment of a protest anthem opening with a slow piano exposition by Phil Ware was a highlight.The group are embarking on a short tour of Ireland and patrons can expect a very cool sophisticated set with fine ensemble playing from the quartet and effortless virtuosity from front man Miceli . Catch them in Limerick , Wexford  and Dublin later this week.

A clip of the original  Modern Jazz Quartet

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