The Messenger Legacy – Art Blakey Centennial Celebration

An all-star group of musicians play tribute to the Jazz Messengers, the big band collective led by the late Art Blakey. No performance info available

Arguably, no other drummer is more qualified than Ralph Peterson Jr. to lead a band with such depth. Thirty years ago, Peterson, then just 21-years-old, was chosen by Art Blakey to play in the 1983 version of the Jazz Messengers. Peterson remained the second drummer in the big band collective until Blakey’s passing in 1990. This group of musicians wishes to preserve, protect and honor the legacy of a man who was much more than a bandleader.

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