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The Music of Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: The Early Years

01/27/18
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm


Crosstown Arts Galleries
1350 Concourse Ave., Suite 280
Memphis, TN 38104 United States

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Jazz performance featuring Stephen Lee (piano), Sal Crocker (tenor saxophone), Johnny Yancey (trumpet), John Birdsong (acoustic bass), and Renardo Ward (drums).

The Crosstown Jazz Series, presented by Strictly Jazz Entertainment in collaboration with Crosstown Arts, is designed to salute classic jazz music as contemporary musicians perform the work of the legends.

The Jazz Messengers were an influential jazz combo that existed for over thirty-five years beginning in the early 1950s as a collective, and ending when long-time leader and founding drummer Art Blakey died in 1990. Blakey led or co-led the group from the outset.  “Art Blakey” and “Jazz Messengers” became synonymous over the years, though Blakey did lead non-Messenger recording sessions and played as a sideman for other groups throughout his career.

Doors at 6:30 pm | performance at 7 pm
Complimentary beverages

Crosstown Arts

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