Four legendary musicians embark on a musical journey that is second to none. The band MODERN STANDARDS SUPERGROUP, previously known as Jazz/Takes, is once again taking on a complex creative task with a simple concept: the interpretation of the repertoire of contemporary music - through the lens of jazz.
- ERNIE WATTS – SAX
- NIELS LAN DOKY – KEYBOARDS
- DARRYL JONES – BASS
- HARVEY MASON – DRUMS
The MODERN STANDARDS SUPERGROUP plays a mixture of their own compositions and jazz interpretations of songs from genres such as 90s grunge (Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, Nirvana, Soundgarden), 70s disco (Chic, Abba, Sister Sledge), French electronic (David Guetta), heavy metal (Metallica), 90s hip hop (Nas, Notorious B.I.G., A Tribe Called Quest), 70s NY Post Punk (Television, Patti Smith, The Ramones), 80s UK New Wave (New Order) and more. T
he series, under the aegis of creator Niels Lan Doky, usually takes place at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark and has so far featured some of the greatest legends of jazz.
Following the hugely successful debut tour in the fall of 2022 with saxophonist Bill Evans, the group has now re-formed to once again bring songs we all know and love, interpreted by style-defining jazz musicians, to the world's best jazz clubs.
Ernie Watts is one of the living legends of the jazz saxophone. Inspired by the playing of John Coltrane, he began to explore jazz at a young age. He studied at Berklee College and quickly made a name for himself. His musical CV of over 500 albums includes illustrious names such as Thelonious Monk, Pat Metheny, Aretha Franklin, Charlie Haden, Oliver Nelson, Jack DeJohnette and Lee Ritenour.
In addition to performing, arranging, composing and producing music, Niels Lan Doky has worked as a film director, writer, promoter and speaker and was knighted by Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. The international press has called him "the best pianist of his generation" and "one of the most important pianists European jazz has given us in the last 45 years."
Chicago-born bassist Darryl Jones rose to fame in the mid-1980s, recording and touring worldwide with Miles Davis. In 1985, he joined Sting's first solo band with Branford Marsalis, Kenny Kirkland and Omar Hakim. After the departure of bassist Bill Wyman, Jones became a member of the Rolling Stones, with whom he has been touring and recording since 1994.
Harvey Mason is one of the most played drummers of all time. His credentials reflect an amazing versatility (Björk, James Brown, Celine Dion, Duke Ellington and Earth Wind & Fire are just the tip of the iceberg). Among his best-known jazz works is the groundbreaking Herbie Hancock album "Headhunters," for which he also co-wrote the hit "Chameleon."