John Lewis was a jazz pianist and educator who directed the influential Monterey Jazz festival for 25 years. He's proven formative to 20th century conceptions about the intersection between jazz and classical music.
Sadly, a little more than a decade after this Ralph-Gleason-hosted performance, Lewis' Modern Jazz Quartet would disband, as Lewis didn't find the act lucrative in proportion to the group's talents.
John Lewis, piano
Milt Jackson, vibraharp
Percy Heath, bass
Connie Kay, drums
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