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Messenger Legacy

Art Blakey Centennial

November 16, 2019
Zellerbach Theatre
PLA Presents
Philadelphia Debut // Annenberg Center Debut

A reunion and tribute to a true jazz icon. Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers was a quintessential band for nearly 40 years, with a constant influx of only the best young musicians. Now, multiple generations of the group's elite alumni come together to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Blakey's birth and the legacy he created by providing a life-changing apprenticeship for over 200 jazz musicians. With band members Robin Eubanks, Essiet Essiet, Brian Lynch, Bill Pierce and Zaccai Curtis, this top-notch ensemble is led by Ralph Peterson, the last drummer to play in the band alongside the drum maestro himself.

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7 PM
Come early to enjoy the sounds of a Penn jazz combo featuring Dr. Matthew D. Clayton (Director), Tomoki Tashiro (Saxophone), Stephen Markwalter (Bass) and Ranvir Bhatia (Piano).

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This performance is co-presented with World Cafe Live.

Photo credit: Courtesy Ralph Peterson