Keith Jarrett was a musical prodigy of the first order, starting piano lessons at three years of age and making his TV debut at five. His first formal recital was at seven where he executed works by Mozart, Bach, Beethoven and Saint-Saëns before ending with two of his own compositions.

In his teens, Jarrett caught the jazz bug, led there by a Dave Brubeck performance. He eventually turned down an offer to study classical composition in Paris in favor of chasing jazz exploration at home. He went on to Berklee College of Music, then joined Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. He moved on to play with Charles Lloyd before joining Miles Davis’ group for the iconoclast’s first forays into jazz fusion.

Jarrett spent the following decades moving amongst the upper echelon of jazz, which allowed him the economic freedom to chase classical work as well. Now known as much for his idiosyncrasies and mercurial stage temperament, he is still considered an American master with few equals.

The Jim Marshall Trio will offer musical interpretations for the MOJO event. Keyboardist Buddy Dubourg draws the daunting task on the instrument of focus.

Entrance is $12, $8 for MOJO members, $7 for students and active military. The fee includes a light jambalaya dinner. A cash bar is available.

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MOJO Jambalaya – Keith Jarrett
Where: Gulf City Lodge, 601 State St.
When: July 28, 6:30 p.m.