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 Giveton 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 Art Blakey Centennial Celebration 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), Donald Brown (piano), David Schnitter (tenor sax) and Carl Allen (drums) and introducing Giveton Gelin (trumpet).