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Music of the jazz messengers

Thu 8th Jun 17 edit

The Jazz Messengers were an influential jazz group that existed for over thirty-five years beginning in the early 1950s as a collective, and ending when long-time leader Art Blakey died in 1990. "Art Blakey" and "Jazz Messengers" became synonymous over the years, though Blakey did lead non-Messenger recording sessions and played with other groups throughout his career.
The group evolved into a proving ground for young jazz talent. While veterans occasionally re-appeared in the group, by and large, each iteration of the Messengers included a lineup of new young players. Having the Messengers on a musicians resume was a rite of passage in the jazz world, and conveyed immediate bona fides.
Many Messenger alumni went on to become jazz stars in their own right, such as: Lee Morgan, Wayne Shorter, Freddie Hubbard, Cedar Walton, Curtis Fuller,Bobby Timmons, Keith Jarrett, Woody Shaw, Wynton & Branford Marsalis, Terrence Blanchard and Mulgrew Miller.
The various line ups produced many classic albums throughout the 1950’s and 60’s including:The Jazz Messengers, A Night In Tunisia, Cu-Bop, Moanin”, Africaine, The Big Beat, A Night In Tunisia, Mosaic, Buhaina's Delight, Caravan, Free For All and many more.
This evening’s performance will feature tunes from all periods of the Messengers long lifespan and various members composers. The quartet is led by Jon Crespo on trumpet joined by Dave Jones on piano, Steve Tarner on bass and Ian Poole on drums.
ADM £6 / £5 concessions


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