The Art Blakey Centennial Celebration
with Bobby Watson (Alto Saxophone), David Schnitter (Tenor Saxophone), Donald Brown (Piano), Essiet Okon Essiet (Bass), Carl Allen (Drums) and introducing Givten Gelin (Trumpet)
DATE: Friday, March 20, 7:30pm
LOCATION: Starr Theater at Walton Arts Center
TICKETS: starting at $32
Art Blakey was often called the father of hard bop. He was responsible for producing and developing more jazz talent than any other band leader during his more than six-decade career.
Art Blakey’s band, The Jazz Messengers, was considered the quintessential forum for musicians who wished to hone their talent and leave their own mark on the jazz scene. Preserving, protecting and honoring the legacy of Art Blakey, The Messenger Legacy Band is an elite line-up of alumni members of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, each now a longtime leader on his own and considered among jazz’s most accomplished players – including Bobby Watson (alto sax), Essiet Essiet (bass), Geoff Keezer (piano), Brian Lynch (trumpet), Bill Pierce (tenor sax) and Ralph Peterson (drums).