ABOUT

Fronted by leading UK tenor man Matt Telfer and Ronnie Scott's resident trumpeter Andy Davies, Blakey’s Boys perform popular arrangements from the legendary Jazz Messengers which led by drumming icon Art Blakey, was undoubtedly one of the most influential jazz combos with a career spanning 35 years.

 

Opening with songs from Blakey’s hit album Moanin’, the boys play arrangements of favourites such as Blues March, Moanin' and Are You Real. The band play with Blakey's trademark raw energy and deep swing whilst paying homage to composers Benny Golson, Lee Morgan, Bobby Timmons and Wayne Shorter.

 

Between numbers, Ronnie Scott’s programmer, Paul Pace takes the stage to narrate the Art Blakey story and give a  vivid picture of the various editions of the Messengers, their featured players along with personal recollections of their live performances.

The second set is a selection of the favourites from Blakey's career with the band storming in with tunes such as Ping Pong, Nica's Dream, Caravan and A Night in Tunisia to name a few.

Expect a night of hard swinging action that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

 

Matt Telfer – Tenor Sax, Andy Davies - Trumpet, Chris Jerome – Piano,  Bass – Ben Bastin, Gabor Dornyei – Drums, Paul Pace – Narration/Vocals.

 

Guest performers can include Tony Kofi.

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OFFERED WHEN PERFORMING AT FESTIVALS AND VENUES. SPONSORED BY YANAGISAWA SAXOPHONES AND VANDOREN REEDS.