Jazz @ the Library - Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers: The "University of Hard Bop"


Art Blakey JazzFresno presents a free lecture and jazz performance on Tuesday October 2nd at the Woodward Park Regional Library, featuring an introductory discussion on the music of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. One of the greatest drummers in jazz history, Blakey had an explosive, dynamic sound that propelled jazz forward for over 50 years, and helped define a post war jazz style known as "hard bop." Perhaps even more than his drumming, Blakey is known best today as a band leader and mentor. His group, the Jazz Messengers, was an unofficial "university" of jazz, an important training ground dedicated almost exclusively to talented young jazz musicians, from the band's inception in the mid 1950's to Blakey's death in the early 1990's. The roster of "Jazz Messengers" reads like a who's who of jazz: Clifford Brown, Lou Donaldson, Kenny Dorham, Jackie McLean, Hank Mobley, Benny Golson, Donald Byrd, Lee Morgan, Bobby Timmons, Wayne Shorter, Freddie Hubbard, Cedar Walton, John Hicks, Keith Jarrett, Woody Shaw, Bobby Watson, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Terence Blanchard, Benny Green, and Javon Jackson. The discussion will feature an introduction to Blakey's music and the hard bop style he helped pioneer, and will be followed by a performance of some works associated with his groups.


Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers: The "University of Hard Bop"
Lecture / jazz performance - free

Tuesday October 2nd 2007 - 7:00pm

Woodward Park Regional Library

944 East Perrin Avenue, Fresno, CA 93720