A touch of class, a dash of sophistication, and a pinch of swing define the unique nature of Jazz Classique. Initially organized as a special ensemble for the 2017 Salem Bach Festival, enthusiastic audience response to the concert provided the catalyst for its formation. Inspired by the Modern Jazz Quartet of the 1960s, the group has carved its own path blending classical music with jazz improvisation. Performing historical repertoire of works by well-known composers (e.g. Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Corelli, Chopin, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert) and others, Jazz Classique fuses 18th century textures and techniques with elements of blues and jazz. Concerts frequently include historical comment.