15th April 2016 8:00pm
Under 16s free qith a paying adult £0.00
Box Office Closed
Born in the Caribbean Jean Toussaint was a member of the legendary Art Blakeyâ€™s Jazz Messengers in the early 1980s and while he was in New York regularly led the jam sessions at the famous Blue Note Jazz Club and sat in with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Elvin Jones, Bobby Hutcherson, and Freddie Hubbard. Since the Jazz Messengers in the mid-eighties he has embraced challenging, and often high profile, musical collaborations in many different jazz styles. Today he works out of London as a composer, saxophonist, bandleader and highly regarded jazz educator. To commemorate the life of the great Art Blakey twenty five years after his passing, Toussaint has created â€œRoots and Herbs : The Blakey Project. Inspired by his time with Blakeyâ€™s award winning Jazz Messengers, Roots and Herbs features an all-star lineup of British Jazz Musicians exploring the music of the legendary bandleader and some of his illustrious Messengers. â€œArt was one of the most inspirational band leaders rated amongst some of the greatest. Names like Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Miles Davis come to mind. They all had an inclusive way of band leading that made each member feel a part of the family. Through the music, Art encouraged us to strive and reach beyond ourselves and work as one to create excitement while never losing sight of the audience. Art used to say â€œit doesnâ€™t matter how complex you want to play as long as you swing and play from the heartâ€ then heâ€™d cite the great John Coltrane as an example. I owe it all to the great Art Blakey and Iâ€™ll be a Jazz Messenger for lifeâ€. Jean Toussaint
JEAN TOUSSAINT Saxophones
Daniel Casimir Bass
Jason Rebello Piano
Byron Wallen Trumpet
Shane Forbes Drums
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